"Just breathe."

They’re two words that often come to mind during times of stress.

"Just breathe."

They’re two words that often come to mind during times of stress.

But have you ever paused to really think about just how important each breath is?

The health of our lungs is so vital to our overall wellbeing, yet at least 1 in 10 Australians has a lung disease and nearly 14% of deaths are caused by lung diseases.

It’s important we look after this organ so that we continue to enjoy, and not labour over, each breath.

 

Lung Health

Poor lifestyle choices, smoking, obesity and ongoing air pollution are all contributing to an increase in lung conditions.

According to Lung Foundation Australia, simple things like keeping active, watching your posture and staying hydrated can help keep your lungs working at their best.

 

More importantly, Other tips to improve your lung health include:

     

- Quit smoking

- Eating a healthy diet

- Talking to your doctor, especially with:

  • a new, changed or persistent cough
  • blood or excessive mucus when coughing
  • shortness of breath compared to others your age
  • chest tightness or wheeze
  • frequent chest infections
  • chest pain

- Avoid exposure to smoke, dust, gases and fumes

- Keep to a healthy weight

- Be aware of the air quality

 

Smoking

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, tobacco smoking remains the single most preventable cause of ill health and death in Australia. Tobacco is the only legal drug which if taken exactly as intended will kill about half of those people who use it.

Around 80% of lung cancer can be attributed to smoking and, on average, cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.

The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.

There are plenty of options to help you quit smoking – it’s a matter of finding one that suits your habits and lifestyle. This is where Ramsay Pharmacy can help.

Research shows that you are more likely to quit smoking successfully with some ongoing support from a medical professional, so speak with your doctor or your Ramsay Pharmacist today.

Our experts can help guide you through the broad range of medicines to help you become smoke-free.