The lungs are a pair of spongy, air-filled organs located on either side of the chest (thorax). The trachea (windpipe) conducts inhaled air into the lungs through its tubular branches, called bronchi. The bronchi then divide into smaller and smaller branches called bronchioles. Our lungs fuel us with oxygen. They breathe in air, then extract the oxygen and pass it into the bloodstream, where it's rushed off to the tissues and organs that require it to function. Oxygen drives the process of respiration, which provides our cells with energy. 

Every cell of our body needs oxygen to function well and to keep this going, our lungs have to be healthy and in good shape. 

Here are 7 quick tips for healthy lungs: 

1. Eat foods rich in antioxidants: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables as they contain nutrients that help boost your immune system. Garlic, onions, ginger, chili peppers, cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli), pomegranates, apples, grapefruit, beans, seeds, nuts, etc., are foods that promote lung health. 

2. Drink plenty of water: When you drink enough water, the mucosal lining of the lungs remains thin. This thin mucosal lining helps your lungs to function better. Staying well-hydrated is especially important if you have COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) because it makes it easier to cough up the mucus in your lungs which causes discomfort and breathing problems.

3. Sit upright and watch your posture: Good posture is also necessary to protect the health of your internal organs, especially the lungs. Your sitting posture has a direct impact on respiratory function. Lungs are soft organs and may not get enough space to expand if your posture is not proper. 

4. Laughing is a great exercise: Laughter plays a valuable role in promoting good respiratory health. Laughing is a great way to work your abdominal muscles and increase lung capacity. Laughter helps to provide longer exhalations and enriches the blood with ample supply of oxygen.

5. Do 20 minutes of exercise daily: Consistent, moderately intense exercises like brisk walking, deep breathing, or practicing pranayama are a great way to keep the lungs healthy and strong.

6. Avoid or stop smoking: Smoking in any form, active or passive, is hazardous for your lungs. Smoking also increases the risk of lung cancer. The toxins in a cigarette damage your lungs and make it difficult for them to function properly. 

7. Prevent infections: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid crowded areas during the cold and flu season. Good oral hygiene can prevent germs from entering your mouth or lungs, leading to infections.

Lungs keep us strong and well and need our attention and care. Incorporate these habits into your daily routine to keep your lungs working optimally for life.

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