Wednesday is Lung Health Day

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(Source: WJLA, George Washington University Hospital)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Lung Health Day is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday in October. National Healthy Lung Month is also celebrated during this month.

Each year, millions of people die from some form of lung disease, from asthma to pneumonia. Many of which could be easily prevented if we take care of our lungs.

Created by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003, the day aims to raise awareness about the growing number of chronic lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, affecting more than 10 million people each year in America alone.

Between 5 to 25 million people are diagnosed with emphysema and asthma at some point in their lives. About 13% of cancer cases are lung cancer, the leading cancer killer.

The World Health Organization cites causes like cigarettes, vaping, air pollution and a generally unhealthy lifestyle for the diseases. They say regular checkups, coupled with a healthy lifestyle involving exercise and an antioxidant-rich diet, can help keep your lungs healthy.

Doing things like deep breathing, cardio exercise, standing with good posture, staying hydrated, and laughing can all strengthen the lungs and increase lung capacity.

Opting for fragrant-free candles and cleaning agents instead of fragrant-rich can help lower your exposure to dangerous chemical vapors. Using natural fragrances and having an air-cleaning plant in your home can help improve air quality.

Fun facts about lungs:

  1. Different sizes for hearty space – Your lungs are different in size, with the left lung being smaller than the right in order to make more space for your heart.
  2. Great floating devices – Because of the way they are designed and the function they are involved in, lungs are the only organs in your body that are able to float on water.
  3. 13 pints per minute – Your lungs are working hard to keep you alive, and this is why they go through at least 13 pints of air every minute.
  4. Size of a tennis court – If you were to unfold all the 600 million interconnected tubes in your lungs, you would easily be able to cover the area of an average tennis court.
  5. 70% of waste in the body exits the lungs – Most of the waste from your body is released by the act of simply breathing.

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