There is a little known saying that states. “The bigger that your lungs are the longer your life will be.” This should tell you how important lung functions can be, from how much energy you have to how fast you recover lungs play a crucial role.
There is a device in the medical profession called a spirometer which is used to measure lung capacity. This device claims that the average human lungs can hold 5 liters of air. That is a lot of air! This can also vary though, such as based on your height. Shorter people have lower lung capacity. It is also known that women have about a 25% lower lung capacity on average than men.
I am sorry to tell you that you cannot actually increase your lung capacity. However, you can cut the reduction on your lung capacity. All the time as you are aging you lungs are loosing their capacity, so if you can slow or stop this process you can and will live a longer, healthier life.
Breathing exercises are fantastic for keeping your lungs nice and expanded occasionally. This can help stretch them out as well as clam your nerves and slow your heart. Think of this as relaxing time.
How you do it is by simply lying down on a bed and then breathing in through your nose until you cannot fill your lungs any more. Then you exhale twice as slow as you inhaled but through your mouth. Continue this for about 10 minutes every other day. Once you get some experience with relaxing you could literally do it in the middle of walking or jogging.
That may sound a bit strange but it is true. You ever met that person who just couldn't relax? Yea that is because they are bad at it. Hopefully if you follow my advice you could be good at it!
Of course everyone knows that cardio is good for the lungs, right? Well it does, it keeps your whole respiratory system nice and strong. It also gets the heart a workout and strengthens up right along side your lungs.
Diet and Supplements
Diets rich in antioxidants can improve and cut the loss of lung functions. This is especially true in smokers. Sadly these do not repair the damage already done, so if you are still smoking and don't see yourself quitting antioxidants can save some of your lungs. Some different foods that you could try are; nuts, vegetable oils, whole grains, and wheat germ.