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What can you Gain from Pulmonary Rehab?
Next to your skin, your lungs are the largest organs in your body by size, and just like all of your organs, they need to be healthy to perform critical tasks. Your lungs act almost like muscles; they need to be trained through exercise and provided the proper diet to take on the work needed to keep oxygen coming in and carbon dioxide going out. The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation are far reaching and can be an advantage to those looking to limit the effects of their chronic lung disease.
Improvements to Your Lungs
Here are some of the benefits to pulmonary rehab for those suffering from a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease:
Lung disease has many effects on lung function. Specifically it can keep you from breathing in enough air. The breathing exercises at a pulmonary rehabilitation class can help open up the lungs to increase general capacity and your blood oxygen level.
Part of your rehabilitation will include general cardiovascular exercise. This will likely include stationary arm and leg exercises. A healthier heart means better movement of the oxygen in your blood to the rest of your body. For those with a low blood-oxygen level due to lung disease, this can make a huge difference.
A large part of rehabilitation has to do with what you eat. A good diet for someone with a lung disease will include oxygen-rich foods, meals designed for lung detox and even some natural remedies. All of these additions to your diet can help increase blood flow, lung function and oxygenation.
Knowledge is power. Being informed about your condition and about your lungs is just as important as exercising and dieting. All pulmonary rehabilitation classes have one thing in common: they rely on self-management when you are outside of the clinic.
Given that most people that suffer from lung disease also smoke cigarettes, the very first step in improving your lungs is to quit smoking. After you have talked to a pulmonologist, start a comprehensive program to not just manage your lung disease but to treat it. Make sure to include a pulmonary rehabilitation class to help keep you informed and healthy. Also, you should consider alternative treatment options for your lung disease.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for cellular therapy as a treatment option.