Your respiratory health was most likely never on your mind until you discovered that you had a problem with it. Easy breathing is something that we all seem to take for granted. However, when you are diagnosed with an illness or a chronic condition that makes it difficult to breathe clearly, completely or effectively, you discover just how much you rely on your lungs for keeping your mind clear, your body running smoothly and your work and other activities right on schedule.
With Respiratory Care Week happening this October 21 through 27, 2018, it is important for all of us to consider what we can do to improve our respiratory health and to decrease any respiratory symptoms that we may be having. These top four tips for respiratory management will give you a good place to start in making your own healthy lifestyle changes and in starting up a conversation about your respiratory health with your practitioner.
Stay Away from Triggers
Many scents, chemicals, pollutants and things found in your natural environment can become triggers for respiratory illness or acute breathing problems. For example, one of the biggest offenders is cigarette smoke. Even if you do not smoke yourself, staying away from secondhand smoke and even from smoke found on people’s clothing can keep you breathing easier. Other common triggers include allergens from pollen and mold, chemical odors from cleaning products, smog and other environmental toxins commonly found in larger cities.
Watch Your Diet and Exercise Patterns
It can be a mistake to believe that your diet and exercise patterns do not affect your respiratory health. A healthy diet builds up your body’s health and helps your body fight off infections that could end up in your lungs. Stick to plenty of proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, and avoid foods that cause bloating. In addition, the right kind of gentle exercise can help you breathe easier and may also help you lose weight, which can ease the workload on your lungs.
Treat Sleep Apnea
If you snore at night, you may be one of the many Americans who has sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when you stop breathing in your sleep on occasion and gasp awake. Besides the obvious irritation for you and your sleeping partner, this difficult breathing condition can also lead to future diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Keep your nighttime breathing smooth with Apnea Management using CPAP or BiPAP.
Manage Your Symptoms
When you find yourself living with respiratory symptoms, it is important that you work together with a professional to find a solution for managing your symptoms. This will become part of your annual physical, and it may include additional appointments with a specialist. A symptom-specific respiratory management program may include medications for COPD, inhalers for asthma, remote monitoring or home services, such as oxygen. Managing your symptoms is a daily process of addressing how you feel to create your highest possible quality of life.
While you can make many changes yourself to improve your respiratory health, such as by changing your lifestyle or taking steps to stay away from certain things that could trigger your allergies, asthma, COPD or other breathing problem, the best step that you can take is to work closely with your respiratory care professional. At SuperCare Health, we offer a variety of tools, programs and monitoring options to keep you breathing easily whether you are at work, in school, with family and friends or in bed. This Respiratory Care Week, take a wise step by staying in charge of your own respiratory management and breathing health. Start working with SuperCare Health today by contacting us to learn more.