Are Your Lungs Shrinking?

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When it comes to physical health, there are few things more important than “lung power.” Great martial artists like Bruce Lee knew physical strength and robust health depend on your lungs.

The strong men of my father’s era knew it too. Part of what gives you the capacity to live robustly is getting enough oxygen. But without your awareness, you are probably losing lung capacity. Your lungs tend to shrink with age.

Sooner or later, you get tired more quickly, you’re less virile, you get colds and the flu more often, and it takes longer to recover from illness.

I’ve proven that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can stop this loss of vitality by taking a few simple steps to build your lungs back.

By the time you reached 20, you stopped growing lung tissue and your lung capacity stabilized. This lasted for about 10 years. Then, around 30, your lungs started to decline. The alveoli that deliver oxygen to your blood began to die off. Slowly, most folks limit their daily activities so their lungs can keep up.

Unless you prevent it, you lose 20 percent of your vital lung capacity by about age 35. By 50, you’ve lost 40 percent of your breathing capacity and the decline continues for life.

If you get the flu at age 35 or 40, you can shrug it off. That’s because you have the extra lung capacity you need to sustain yourself—even if the flu or pneumonia takes some of your lung volume out of commission with fluid.

But if you’re 65 or 70 and you get a bout of flu or pneumonia, you won’t have the reserve lung capacity to sustain you. That is why the death rate is so much higher for seniors who contract these respiratory diseases. They simply don’t have the lung capacity to get them over the hump.

What’s more, bigger lungs supply your working body with more oxygen. They also restore cell health by removing cell-eroding carbon dioxide. When there’s plenty of oxygen circulating around the body, your muscles can afford to use it to build reserve sources of energy for times of stress or exertion. But as your lung capacity decreases, your normal everyday activity takes up more of it, leaving you with very little reserve.

And as your lung capacity diminishes, you’re more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke that permanently affects the rest of your life. Lack of oxygen reserves is a  risk factor in heart attacks.

Fortunately, you can implement a simple exercise program that will improve your lung capacity and minimize the consequences of losing lung volume. If you focus on improving your lungs’ elasticity, improving posture and improving the function of your diaphragm, the rest will take care of itself.

The best way to do it is simple: High intensity, short-interval workouts. My PACE® program is the only program I’ve ever encountered that is specifically designed to best accomplish this most important goal. In fact, the technique we use is so revolutionary, the U.S. Patent Office awarded it a service mark.

And you can make this challenging exercise program more effective with a diet rich in protein. You need protein to build organ tissue. It will also increase your need for certain vitamins. Consider adding the following vitamins for even faster results:

  • Beta-carotene (25,000 international units) shields your lungs from air pollution and smoke, keeping the small air sacs in your lungs cleaner and healthier.
  • Selenium (50-200 micrograms) helps keep your lungs elastic.
  • Vitamin A (5,000 international units) turns into carotenes, which your body needs for lung function.
  • Vitamin C (1,200 milligrams) helps people with asthma breathe easier and is a great water-soluble antioxidant.
  • Vitamin E (600 international units) preserves oil-soluble nutrients needed for building new cells, fights cellular aging and protects your lungs from oxidative damage.2

To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD


  1. Aging Changes In the Lungs. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Health Encyclopedia (, accessed 5/11/05
  2. Prevention’s Healing with Vitamins. Rodale Books: Emmaus, PA, 1996.
[Ed. Note: You can rebuild your lung capacity and restore the vital energy of your youth by improving your available oxygen with my patented PACE® program. It only takes 12 minutes a day, a few times a week to get results. Click HERE to start improving your quality of life today.]


  1. Very useful article. hope to get more such articles, which will benefit people suffering with lung problems.

    thank you

  2. Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I would like to see more posts like this.

  3. I think I had pneumonia two years ago and affected my lung capacity. I have gone to a pulmonary Dr in Milwaukee and took that breathing capacity tests and it remained the same for two tests 4 months apart. I think it was 76? I have had two CT scans and the Dr seems to think that I have a bit of scar tissue, it seems that he really doesn’t know what is wrong with my lungs. I walk every day two miles without any difficulty with my wife, but some time when mowing the lawn or doing more strenuous work I get short of breath. My question is do you think that the pneumonia caused damage to my lungs? I have never smoked, and want to step up my exercise program to increase oxygen level strength, what program would you recommend?


    Bill Mack
    Greendale Wi

  4. Please me send your priced quotation ‘without any obligation to buy’ for My Pace ‘R’ program


  5. I have severe COPD,hatve both emphysema and Chronic bronchitis.Have 35% of lung capacity.Not on oxygen. Am 70 years old and in very good health with exception of the COPD. Willyour program helpme increase my lung capacity?

  6. As you recommend both Beta-carotene as well as Vitamin A…can you please explain the difference between the two for your recommended vitamin intake?

  7. i have been victim of pulomonary Tuber klosis in year 2006. and have taken 9 months i am married in 2011 having one baby boy and got one bio chemical loss in pregnancy and one ERPS of 3 months pregnancy. these days my immunity level is decreased veery much. and i am facing respiratory issues . i am feeling that breathing is getting difficult for my day by day. heart beat increased while coughing. do suggest me the best solution sir.

    Sumaira Saleem

  8. I Had tuberculosis in the year 2003 and I did not take proper treatment for 6 months. Later I took the treatment and TB was negative. But still had very bad breathing issues with flem production regularly. Doctors said there was fungus formed in the lungs and my right lung has shrunk. I feel much difficulty inbreathing and Im only 35. Is there anything that can help my condition?

  9. I was diagnose of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 2 years ago, my family doctor told me there is no cure but it can only be controled. Ever since then i have been running heather scepter looking for a solution to my problem because i was going to lose my Job if i dont get better, until i ran into this online testimony of Mrs Stacey who have been cured of COPD by this herbal clinic in Johannesburg (Ejiro Herbal Clinic), i immediately contacted them via their email, to God be thy glory i bought this COPD herbal remedy and was cured within 3 weeks of usage, at last this is a break through for all COPD patients contact this herbal clinic via their email ejiroherbalclinic(at)gmail(dot)com or call +27617403481 (Please write email in right format)

  10. My father is suffering from ILD (Lungs Shrinkage). Kindly suggest best possible treatment for him.

  11. My mother is around 40 & suffering from respiratory disease (lung shrinkage).if anybody have solution plz help me or suggest treatment for her.plz suggest me at [email protected]

    1. Hi Devesh,

      Your father’s treatment would depend on the cause of his lung damage and other factors. We recommend he see a doctor for specific advice.


      INH Research Team

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