The functioning of the respiratory system is fundamental to enjoy good health. Thus, a weakened or damaged respiratory system for different reasons can increase the risk of lung disease, such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD or any type of inflammation in the airways.

In this sense, the engine of the respiratory system are the lungs. However, numerous areas of the body are involved in this system, such as the nose, larynx, pharynx, mouth, trachea or bronchi, among others.

From the 'COPD Patients Association' they highlight the importance of preventing the development of respiratory diseases, as well as living with some of this pathology.

Specifically, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes an obstruction of the airflow in the lungs.

Habits that can affect the respiratory system

Based on all of the above, from the 'COPD Patients Association' they present a series of key habits that can cause damage to lung health and the proper functioning of the human respiratory system.


One of the lifestyle habits that can most affect the proper functioning of the respiratory system is lack of physical activity. Performing physical exercise regularly helps improve the transport of oxygen by the lungs.

Similarly, the lack of breathing exercise is also key. Most people do not practice breathing exercises, which can lead to a feeling of constant tiredness. From the COPD Patients Association they recommend using a small part of our time a day to inhale and exhale air calmly.

In addition, performing breathing exercises is also beneficial to relax and reduce the level of stress typical of everyday life.

Another of the most damaging factors for the respiratory system is smoking. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for the development of lung cancer, asthma or COPD.

In addition, tobacco smoke can also be harmful to people close to smokers. In this sense, smoking is one of the most harmful habits for the respiratory system.

More harmful practices

Household dust can also be harmful in the long term to the health of the respiratory system. For this reason, it is key to clean the home frequently, to avoid the accumulation of dust.

On the other hand, it is also necessary to protect yourself from the weather. That is to say, rains and low temperatures are also a risk factor for the appearance of flu, cold or any type of infection. Thus, from the 'Spanish COPD Association' they recall the importance of protecting oneself against climate changes.

Finally, it is necessary to focus on food. Following a diet based on poor eating habits can be detrimental to the proper functioning of the immune system and damage lung health.

In this sense, people who follow a healthy, balanced and complete diet will have a lower risk of developing diseases related to lung health. Among other nutrients, the consumption of vitamin E and vitamin D is key for the respiratory system.