How to improve lung health after COVID-19

It is common to experience respiratory distress after recovering from COVID-19. One of the main focuses during the overall recovery after COVID-19 is the recovery of lung function. There are many benefits to focusing on lung health. COVID-19 can have long-term effects on lung function. A critical part of the recovery process is regaining proper lung function and capacity. Improving our lung function also clears the lungs of sputum, making it easier to breathe.

Below are the top three recommendations to improve your lung function and reduce the chance of serious respiratory consequences:

excercise One of the best ways to boost lung function is to exercise the lung muscles and build their capacity and function. Exercises to improve lung function work in the same way as any physical exercise, it aims to strengthen and expand lung capacity.

  • Start the exercises in phases – slowly build up the capacity of the body and lungs. Such exercises can improve the muscle function that expands our lungs. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help reduce shortness of breath and manage breathing complications.
    • Positions that improve breathlessness
      • Leaning forward posture – Bend forward while sitting on a chair
      • Prone position – lying on the stomach. It is recommended to improve lung dynamics and oxygenation.
      • Belly Breathing – Inhale deeply while consciously raising the abdomen to inhale and lowering the abdomen to exhale.
  • Exercises for better lung functions:
    • Training to adjust the breathing rhythm
    • Techniques to strengthen the respiratory muscles
    • Mucus training – to clear mucus from the airways
    • Cardio workouts: Physical exercises that focus on cardio and speeding up breathing can help restore lung capacity.
    • Pacing is critical in both physical and breathing exercises. Take it easy, gradually increase the intensity and repetition of exercises.

Healthy food Including foods rich in antioxidants improves our overall immune system and, consequently, our lung function. A healthy diet can provide essential nutrients and improve lung health.

  • Include: fruits, vegetables, lentils, beans, nuts, grains, juices, homemade meals, and foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Avoid: Sugar, fats, oils, processed meats, processed foods, salt, caffeine, syrups (concentrated sugar content), alcohol, smoking and fast food.
  • In addition to crucial dietary changes, it is crucial to drink more water during recovery from COVID-19 as it plays a vital role in boosting the overall function of our bodies.

Avoid smoking and alcohol consumptionSmoking causes structural and functional changes in the lungs and immune cells. Not only does smoking impair the health and functionality of your lungs, it also puts additional stress on other vital organs. Continuing to smoke after COVID-19 can lead to long-term lung problems and infections. Alcohol has a similar effect on our body’s immune function. This makes it more difficult for our immune system to fight off infections.

These important lifestyle changes can boost your lung function and help you recover easily from COVID-19.

The lungs are just one of many areas of focus for post-COVID recovery. To guide and support your recovery every step of the way, Apollo ProHealth offers the Covid recovery and wellness program, This package offers a range of services, such as a comprehensive health assessment of your vital signs and organs, assessments by a physician and a pulmonologist, rehabilitation and psychological assessment, nutritional counseling, continuous monitoring by a health mentor over a period of 12 months and a booklet containing what you should and should not do during recovery; extending our support beyond hospital boundaries for end-to-end patient care as we recover from COVID-19.

Full recovery is possible if you follow a schedule that suits your health condition. Remember not to overexert yourself and speed up your recovery. Get well soon!

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