How to Improve Lung Health During COVID-19? - Fast&Up

How to Improve Lung Health During COVID-19

Improve Lung Health During COVID-19 - Fast&Up

COVID-19, caused by a novel coronavirus, affects the respiratory system, causing lung damage. Its symptoms can range from mild to severe, but one must protect the lungs against the virus to prevent all short- and long-term effects of Covid-19 on the lung health and functioning.

When the virus enters your body, it comes in contact with the mucus membranes that line your nose, mouth, respiratory tract, etc. The virus enters a healthy cell and multiplies, forming new viruses that infect adjacent cells in the respiratory system of the body.

As the infection travels in your body’s airways, your body starts fighting back by generating an immune response. This can cause inflammation at the site of attack and can begin in one part of your lung, gradually spreading further. Lung inflammation (damage) due to covid-19 is assessed by doctors by a CT Scan or chest X-ray and drugs to treat the same are prescribed accordingly.

In most cases, people with comorbidities or immunosuppressed individuals, suffering from diseases like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, etc are most likely to develop complications, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

So, how can you improve your lung health during Covid-19?

RIGHT NUTRITION

Chronic inflammation in the body can trigger a major immune response called a cytokine storm when trying to fight against a pathogen. Cytokine storms have been believed to cause lung damage. However, appropriate nutrition is said to help reduce risks associated with a cytokine storm. Powerful antioxidants like N-Acetyl Cysteine and Vitamin C are extremely beneficial. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage, thereby strengthening your immunity to fight infections.

N-acetylcysteine is a more stable form of the amino acid L-Cysteine and is the most effective way to boost Glutathione levels in the body. It acts as a mucolytic and helps break down the thick mucus, clearing the respiratory passage and reducing congestion, thus improving the overall lung health. Vitamin C acts as an immune boosting nutrient and fight free radicals by its antioxidant properties.

Consumption of Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon, both help boosting an immune response during an infection.

BREATHING EXERCISES

This is the best form of activity to keep your lungs healthy. When you perform breathing exercises, your lungs are forced to draw in oxygen and give out carbon dioxide, thus enabling it to maximise its functions, maintain and increase lung capacity, making it easier to keep your lungs healthy and provide your body with the oxygen it needs.

Breathing exercises along with meditative postures will help improve blood flow to the chest and airways. Diaphragmatic breathing, deep breathing, etc will help in muscle movement in the lungs and chest region, aiding in oxygen flow. Pranayama has also been considered as a good exercise to promote efficient lung health.

Stay Fit, Keep Your Lungs Healthy!

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Vaishnavi Gadi

-Expert and Writer

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