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How to Increase Lung Capacity

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Because breathing is essential to life and your lungs are essential to breathing, experts at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggest seven of the best ways to improve your lung capacity
  • Lung capacity differs from lung function, with capacity being a measure of the maximum amount of air your body can use and function an indicator of how your body uses air
  • Whereas your lung function cannot be improved, you can control and improve your lung capacity through activities like diaphragmatic breathing, exercise and maintaining good posture
  • Some people with diminished lung capacity have found singing, laughing and participating in a breathing club to be activities that can ease breathing problems
  • Quitting smoking and optimizing your vitamin D level are other measures shown to promote increased lung capacity

Because breathing is essential to life and your lungs are essential to breathing, I would like to share a number of tips to help you improve your lung capacity, which is a measure of how much air your body can use. As you may expect, your lung capacity can be improved through activities like diaphragmatic breathing, exercise and maintaining good posture.

Some people with diminished lung capacity have found singing, laughing and participating in a breathing club to be beneficial activities that can ease breathing problems. Quitting smoking and optimizing your vitamin D level are other measures shown to promote increased lung capacity.


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