Top Preventive Measures Against Sarcoidosis

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  • While the ultimate cause of sarcoidosis hasn’t been determined yet, infections and chemical exposure are known to play a role in the onset of this disease
  • If a patient has a sarcoidosis-caused lung disease, smoking could trigger breathlessness by injuring breathing tubes and prompting either bronchitis or emphysema

While the ultimate cause of sarcoidosis hasn’t been determined yet, infections and chemical exposure are known to play a role in the onset of this disease.1 The good news is there are techniques that could help lower your risk for these possible causes and, ultimately, for sarcoidosis itself.

A Major Step in Sarcoidosis Prevention: Avoid Smoking or Stop Smoking All Together

It’s constantly emphasized that cigarette smoking is dangerous, and this is true for a sarcoidosis patient.2

Although smoking doesn’t cause this illness, if a patient has a sarcoidosis-caused lung disease, smoking could trigger breathlessness by injuring breathing tubes and prompting either bronchitis or emphysema. Plus, smoking worsens any type of lung disease.3

Before quitting smoking, switch to a healthy lifestyle first to make it easier to stop this bad habit. Here are three tips to help you achieve this:

Eat the right foods: A healthy diet helps improve your health in the first place. Ideally, eat large quantities of fresh and organically grown vegetables, low to moderate portions of high-quality protein and substantial amounts of high-quality healthy fat.

Exercise frequently: Not only is exercise beneficial in helping you quit smoking, it’s also a major way to prevent sarcoidosis. Strength training is ideal, given that smokers who do this exercise have a double success rate at quitting smoking compared to those who don’t exercise.4

Other workouts to try include high-intensity interval exercises like Peak Fitness, core-strengthening exercises, stretching and regular non-exercise movement.

Look for a healthy emotional outlet: Notable examples include exercise, meditation, relaxation techniques and the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). These could work in clearing emotional blockages from your system, help restore your mind’s and body’s balance, break the addiction and avoid cravings.

Once you’ve established these into your daily routine, you could begin your journey in quitting smoking. Ideally, try to predict when the urge to smoke will strike and prepare healthier alternatives and distractions. If you’re a parent or guardian, educate your children about the effects of smoking and using smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes as early as you can.

Other Vital Ways to Prevent Sarcoidosis

Try following these as well to prevent sarcoidosis from affecting you or your loved ones:5,6

Avoid exposure to dust, chemicals, fumes and toxic gases: Any of these can injure your lungs and predispose you to a higher risk of sarcoidosis, or a worsened condition if you already have the disease.7

Drink six to eight glasses of high-quality, filtered water daily:8 This is an important step in both prevention and healing of a disease since it leads to improved cell function and quicker recovery, especially if you’re already sick.9

Get adequate sleep: Not only does high-quality sleep lower your risk of illnesses, it also boosts your immune system and plays a big role in your body’s recovery, repair and optimal healing. Aim for around eight hours of shuteye nightly.

Wash your hands properly:10 This helps prevent the infection that could potentially trigger sarcoidosis. As much as possible, wash your hands before eating or preparing food and after using the bathroom.

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