There Are Easy Ways To Improve Your Lung Health, And They May Already Be In Your Kitchen...
Andrew Axelrod 6/24/2016
Adding just a few common foods to your diet can help cleanse your lungs.
Plants With Orange Or Red Colors
Carotenoid is an antioxidant that has been shown to lower the chances of developing lung cancer. Carotenoid also happens to be an orange pigment and gives many food their trademark red or orange hue. Some foods that contain carotenoids are corn, carrots, egg yolks, bananas and rutabagas.
The Humble Onion
The onion has more to offer than a sweet, sharp taste and horrifying breath. Onions of all types are rich in nutrients and assist in breaking down mucus and toxins. Look for onions, shallots, scallions and pearl onions.
Spicy foods are great for clearing the lungs of mucus. Capsaicin is responsible for that burning sensation and it's what makes your nose run. It has a similar effect on mucus and tar, clearing them from the body.
Chances are you saw this one coming. Drinking adequate water is one of the best thing you can do for not just your lungs, but your body. Staying hydrated accelerates the process of detoxification.
Different teas help facilitate breathing and remove toxins from the respiratory tract. Try ginger root tea, mullein tea and pine needles tea.
A food in the cabbage family is known as a cruciferous vegetable and are high in antioxidants and cleanse toxins. Wasabi, radish, watercress, argulua, turnips, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, collard green and kale are all cruciferous vegetables.
Foods High In Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to benefit asthma sufferers. Fish, flaxseed and nuts are all great sources of omega-3. If you can't seem to get enough of it in your diet, there are a wide array of omega-3 supplements available.
Foods High In Vitamin C
Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapples, mangos and cantaloupe are all high in vitamin C which helps the lungs transport oxygen throughout the body effectively.
Food With Folate
Folate is effective at fighting lung carcinogens and preventing some forms of cancer. Some foods that contain folate are spinach, asparagus, beets and lentils.
Things To Avoid
Besides eating foods that assist in cleansing the lungs there's a number of things we try to avoid as well. Second hand smoke is bad for the lungs and if you're a smoker and trying to quit, the temptation is much greater around active smokers. Avoiding stress also increases the bodies ability to carry out functions like detoxification. Finally, try to avoid sugar, white flour and dairy products. These foods cause the body to produce excess mucus.
A Temporary Solution
If you're a smoker the suggestions in this article are only temporary fixes. Quitting smoking is the single most important factor in lung health. But even while quitting, the body can produce a lot of negative symptoms when the cilia in the lungs that were previously paralyzed by smoke begin to move again. The foods on this list can help you ease those symptoms, or if you're a non-smoker, cleanse your lungs and improve your vascular health.