Nowadays many people are suffering with ill health due to problems with the lungs. This is mostly caused by smoking cigarettes including vapor cigarettes and general pollutants in our environment. Cigarette smoke can be the worst and can cause the lungs to become black and filled with tar. This could cause breathing problems, blocking the supply of oxygen to the blood and potentially causing cancer and a host of other medical problems. In order to change this we should begin to eat specific healthy foods which will detoxify the lungs and allow them to heal. Lets take a look at some of the healthiest foods which you can use to begin cleaning your lungs. But before we get into the specific foods it’s important to note that when choosing foods always try to look for organic foods because pesticides can also cause toxicity in the body. Also, remember to consult your healthcare professional when considering treatment.
Let’s begin with mixed berries. Eating lots of mixed berries that are rich in antioxidants each day will kick start the healing process and cause the body to use oxygen more efficiently. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are beneficial in small amounts but can damage your cells when their numbers get too high, causing oxidative stress. Berries are a great source of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and resveratrol. In addition to protecting your cells, these plant compounds may reduce the risk of disease. One study showed that blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates.
Apples have been shown to prevent many lung diseases and help you to breathe easier. Apples are rich in antioxidants. They have an antioxidant flavonoid known as quercetin. Quercetin is also available red wine, tea and onions. The flavonoid is known to have properties which can offer protection to lungs from harmful effects of air pollution and cigarette smoke.
Garlic is one of the most powerful superfoods known to man. The allicin compound within will reduce inflammation, ease asthma and coughing, and reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Grapefruit helps to improve lung function by supplying healthy vitamins and minerals for cleansing. They are also full of antioxidants that can help support the health of your lungs. Naringin, a flavonoid serving as a cell cycle regulator, is found in grapefruit and exhibits increased anti-inflammatory activity in the body.
Water is needed to heal the lungs. You should always keep them hydrated. This helps to move tar and heal infected tissue.
Chili Peppers contain the spicy capsaicin compound which stimulates healthy blood flow and fights infections.
Ginger removes toxins from the entire body including the lungs.
Pistachios are rich in a type of vitamin E called gamma tocopherol. Getting plenty of this nutrient in your diet has been shown to may help reduce the risk of lung cancer and provide a wonderful boost of vitamin E.
Cabbage is packed full of antioxidants which boosts the immunity of the body overall.
Sliced lemons with the peel added to water is beneficial because they are high in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and helps the body resist asthma triggers. Antioxidants are concentrated in lemon juice, which helps the body to fight off any allergen or irritant that enters the lungs. Lemon juice has antiseptic properties, which means it can help kill bacteria in the body and prevent mucus buildup. The citric acid in lemon juice improves lung function by cleansing and strengthening the lung tissue.
Carrots juiced to make fresh carrot juice are rich in vitamins and will give your body everything it needs to heal.
Milk Thistle contains a flavonoid called silibinin which has been shown to prevent lung cancer.
Reducing the amount of dairy in your diet will help reduce the buildup of thick mucus in the lungs and sinuses which can cause further problems.
Cooking your own food rather than eating ready-made foods will provide your body with the nutrients it needs for the lungs to heal.
Smokers may find themselves in nicotine withdrawal so it’s recommended to drink dandelion root tea to help with this. Dandelion root is a natural liver cleanser so by helping remove nicotine from the system, this root can help with reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
You should also try to drink green teas as much as possible because these will flush the body and the water vapor will clear the lungs.
The more raw fruits and vegetables you eat the faster your lungs will begin to flush out tar and toxins.
As a retired registered massage therapist, I’ve always been interested in health. I grew up loving sports so that carried into my adult life in my chosen career paths and in my personal life. I now stay active with weight training, hiking and biking. My professional life has always been in health care. This has inspired me to seek out and adopt a life of natural health and wellness.