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Take a Deep Breath (If You Can)

If you want to breathe easy, be sure to do two things: avoid lunch meat and control your temper.

Researchers have discovered that frequent consumption of cured meats results in lower lung function. Dr. Rui Jiang says, "Cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, luncheon meats and cured hams, are high in nitrites, which are added to meat products as a preservative, an anti-microbial agent, and a color fixative. Nitrates generate reactive nitrogen species that may cause damage to the lungs, producing structural changes resembling emphysema."

While you are switching to peanut butter and jelly, you also need to know that another new study demonstrates that young adults with a short temper or mean disposition also tend to have compromised lung function.

Psychologist Benita Jackson says, "It's remarkable to see reductions in lung function during a time of life we think of as healthy for most people."

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