10 Simple Steps to Your Healthiest Lungs

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Stopping tobacco use is the fastest way to improve lung health. Smoking narrows airways and makes breathing harder. Chronic inflammation increases with smoking duration.

Stop Smoking

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Physical activity makes your heart and lungs work harder to oxygenate your muscles. Regular exercise strengthens your heart and lungs. 

Exercise regularly

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The process of converting food into energy with oxygen (or metabolism) requires your lungs. No single food provides all nutrients. 

Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated

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Even when you're healthy, keep your doctor's appointments to prevent illness. Lung disease, especially, can go undiagnosed until it's advanced. 

Get annual check-ups

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Vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of infectious respiratory diseases like influenza, COVID-19, pneumococcal pneumonia, and RSV.

Stay up to date with vaccinations

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Outdoor air can be cleaner than indoor air, but many pollutants make it unhealthy. Over 30% of Americans live in unhealthy outdoor air. 

Avoid outdoor air pollution exposure

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