Have you checked in with your lungs lately?
Spirometry is the assessment of lung function and lung health. The lungs are an important organ that allows the human body to extract oxygen from the air we breathe. This oxygen is then carried across the membrane in the alveoli in the lungs and into the bloodstream. The oxygen then binds to red blood cells and is transported around the body. The lungs are also vital in extracting the carbon dioxide from the blood which is then exhaled or breathed out. Oxygen, on a cellular level, is used by the body access energy.
The spirometer is a small hand-held device with a mouthpiece that allows you to breathe in and out to assess lung function. We can assess general function of the lung, the total lung capacity and the ability for the lungs to inhale and exhale and more. Smoking and to some extent passive smoking will damage the lungs and their primary function. Some respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can also impair lung function. Spirometry can also be used to detect any signs of these diseases. Knowing the health and function of your lungs can empower you to take charge of your lung health and work towards improving or maintaining their current function.
It is never too late to quit smoking. In fact, one year after you quit smoking your risk of coronary heart disease is halved compared to continuing smokers.
If you would like to take the leap and begin your journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle, book in for a lung health assessment and sign up for our support program.