It’s hard to believe that food could play a role in the lungs of our health. However, certain foods provide antioxidants – which our lungs need as the food indirectly works within our cardiovascular systems. In case your lungs isn’t in good shape and you’re struggling with breathing problems, it won’t be a bad choice to use portable oxygen concentrator to get instant relief. And, it is important that you need to eat healthy food and drink enough water. Here are 10 nutritious foods that will keep your lungs healthy.
I add broccoli to every meal I make. (Even in my pre-lunch smoothie!). For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, broccoli is their best friend. While I consume broccoli to help my digestion (thanks to its fiber), other benefits include improved cognition and memory.
Water cleanses our systems. It’s essential for transporting blood to/from the lungs. Staying hydrated also thins out your mucosal linings. The thinner the lining, the more optimised your lungs are, because toxins, microbes and micro bacteria will be removed.
Apples contain catechins, chlorogenic acid and phlorizin. These are phytochemicals that help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Luckily for us, apples can be eaten anywhere and prepared in a variety of ways. (I like chopping one up and putting the pieces into my smoothies.)
High in manganese, vitamin C and antioxidants, blueberries are cherished the world over. They destroy free radicals, protecting your lungs from cigarette smoke or other toxic fumes. They also help produce white blood cells, which repairs damaged lung tissue.
If food were a Japanese martial art, Ginger would be a sensei. A lot of home remedies for the flu call for a honey and ginger mixture. Rife with anti-inflammatory properties, it easily eliminates pollutants from lungs. Be cautious, however, as a lot of the benefits are stripped away in the powder form.
It’s so touted as a superfood, that it’s just as cliché as eating an apple a day to keep doctors away. If we want to properly breathe, we need to get rid of inflammation, swelling and excess mucus from our lungs. Spinach, as an anti-inflammatory, does that.
Turmeric is an ancient spice (or medicine) that has stood the test of time. Why? Because it’s been around long before time was even “thought” of. The main active ingredient—curcumin—is legendary. Anti-inflammatory? Check. Antioxidant? Check. Antimicrobial? Check.
Cabbage, cauliflower and kale have slowed lung cancer from progressing. This is because chlorophyll, a medicine, cleans our blood. The more green, leafy vegetables you eat, the more nutrients you will consume. Largely thanks to magnesium and tryptophan, which enhance the health of our hearts and the function of our brains.
Did you know that animal fats have a direct correlation to lung cancer? Beef, dark chicken, lamb and pork are high in saturated and trans-fat – which can be harmful for you. Beans and eggs are just two high-protein ‘good fat’ alternatives.
Garlic is another food I add to all my meals and drinks (even morning coffee). Between 2003 and 2010, Chinese scientists did research and found something amazing: consuming raw garlic two times a week protects the lungs from cancer. It also has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antitumor properties.
As you can imagine, there’s a party of bad foods that will wreak havoc on your lungs – and make breathing inextricably difficult. That’s why I suggest you stay away from eggs, shellfish and wine, all of which contribute to asthma. Along with eating well, be sure to regularly exercise and get your heart pumping. Diet and physical fitness go hand in hand for living a healthy, worry-free life.