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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tips for healthy exercise with asthma

Just because you have asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be active — many professional athletes have it. But before you hit the gym or a field, it’s important to understand your body, your disease and how to manage it. Your asthma plan, developed with your healthcare provider, is a great start to getting your asthma under control.  Exercise can trigger asthma that’s not under control because it speeds up your breathing, forcing in more air through your mouth than your nose. This means that the filtration and warming up of air normally done by the nose is skipped. Suddenly, the

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Outdoor air pollution and your lungs

Breathing is easy when it’s easy to breathe. But that’s not always the case. No matter where you live, you likely experience some level of air pollution. This can be caused by traffic, smoke or seasonal smog, among other contaminants. But how does it affect your health? Air pollution is a mix of particles and gases like ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide that negatively affect your health and breathing. High levels of smog can be found in both urban and rural areas across the country, as wind carries pollutants hundreds of kilometres. The effects range from short-term, like coughs

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