Respiratory illnesses can significantly impact the patient’s quality of life in various ways. The more severe cases of the respiratory illnesses can lead to disability and even death.

The most common and dangerous respiratory conditions are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Respiratory tract infections, Tuberculosis (TB), Lung cancer, and Asthma.

We can reduce the risk of non-infectious lung conditions by looking at a patient’s lifestyle and diet.

One of the first step a person can take to improve respiratory health is by ceasing to smoke, whether it be first-hand smoking or second-hand smoking.

Another preventive measure is taking steps to reduce exposure to outdoor air pollution and toxins in our environment.

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In regards to the patient’s diet, the person should focus on consuming anti-oxidants and non-inflammatory foods.

One of the best diets in regards to respiratory health is a Mediterranean diet because of its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and healthy fat.

In addition to the Mediterranean diet, consuming certain vitamins (such as C,D,E, and A) and green tea help to reduce the risk and symptoms of COPD and asthma.

For a better quality of life, try to incorporate more of these aspects into your daily life!