The Anti-pollution Diet: Foods That Will Detoxify Your Lungs And Heal Them Naturally

Breathing in air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other toxins can damage the lungs and even cause health conditions.

The only function of the lungs is to allow the exchange of gases in the body and it works hard in collaboration with circulation to release oxygen in the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the body.

Mucus that is produced in the lungs is important and needs to be the right consistency, as it helps to trap and keep toxins, microbes, and pollutants out. All problems start when the consistency of mucus thickens or the mucus production increases.

Can you safely “cleanse” your lungs?

Here Are The Foods And Drinks Will Help You Detox Your Lungs:

1.Drink Herbal Tea

Detox tea

The harmful effects of cigarette smoke – oxidative stress, inflammation, programmed cell death (apoptosis) and lung injury – were prevented by an infusion of black tea. Like many other food sources that can help improve lung health, it seems to be the tea’s high antioxidant content that provides the benefits.

Green tea

Having herbal green tea before going to bed is a great way to keep your lungs healthy and pure. If you are a smoker you must opt for this solution daily. This is an option that works wonder for the lungs.

Masala chai

Do you like masala chai? Right from reducing cold, cough, and throat infections to keeping your lungs healthy, this drink, loaded with ginger, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, cardamom and tulsi, offers multiple benefits. Here is the right way to make chai.

2.Practice Oil Steaming

OilsBoth Eucalyptus or peppermint oil act as an antioxidant and fights harmful organisms. These help to ease a cough, fight against congestion and soothe an irritated sinus passage. Clearing the mucus lining will help in the cleansing of lungs, the ability to relax muscles of the respiratory tract and promote free breathing. Eucalyptus oil helps soothe airways, loosen and expel mucus from the lungs and relax the brain and body. There are a few different ways you can incorporate eucalyptus steaming into your life: The first choice would be to steam

-Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of boiling water (place a towel over your head to make a tent to contain steam) then close your eyes and slowly breathe in the vapours for 10 minutes.

The American Cancer Society points to peppermint oil for treating ailments of the lungs, while recent research shows that the herb may help athletes breathe better. Peppermint essential oil improves respiratory rates because the mint relaxes bronchial muscles.

-Add 3 to 4 drops to hot water for inhalation, which is the dosage recommended by the American Cancer Society.

3.Consume Vitamin C

Immunity boost Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient. It helps maintain the electrochemical balance of the body, provides anti-oxidants and – most importantly – enhances and empowers the immune system. Vitamin C not only protects us from harmful environments but also improves Vitamin E levels in our bloodstream.

Some of the most notable are: 

Oranges: An oldie but a goodie, and it’s an orange season! 100 grams of orange (or 100ml of cold-pressed orange juice) provides 88% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C.

Baobab: Although slightly more scarce and a little less palatable, baobab is one of the richest sources of vitamin C in the world – with just 10g of the powder providing half your recommended RDA.

Lemon juice: You can take one-two glass of lemon juice before you go to bed. Apart from other health benefits of lemon juice, it plays a crucial role in detoxifying your lungs.

Pineapple is known for the reduction of swelling and coughing. Additionally, it contains the enzyme bromelain which eliminates the debris from the lungs and detoxifying it naturally.

• An apple a day may keep lung problems at bay. Those who had five or more apples per week had slightly better overall lung function. Quercetin, an antioxidant found in apples, may help protect the lungs against smoke and other pollutants.

Amla has a high Vitamin C content which makes it a powerful antioxidant that builds resistance against air pollutants. Amla boosts immunity naturally. Ripe, golden yellow amlas are more nutritious and vitamin-rich than raw, green amlas.

4. Eat immunity boosting foodsDetox food

Mushrooms: Besides containing selenium, which can help prevent the development of severe flu, mushrooms also contain B vitamins, niacin and riboflavin, which help keep the immune system healthy. Mushrooms such as reishi also function as adaptogens, helping your body find full homeostatic balance by working intelligently on hormonal, endocrine, nervous, immune and organ systems. 

Ginger: This root is full of antioxidants, zinc, calcium and magnesium. It’s often something we turn to once we’re already sick, but prevention is the name of the game right now, and a study proved fresh ginger had immune-boosting and anti-viral properties against respiratory ailments.

Garlic: This has been proven to boost the immune system and lessen the severity of cold and flu symptoms. One of the major components of garlic that helps with this is allicin, a type of sulphur, which strengthens immunity and aids digestion.

Turmeric: Turmeric is an excellent food for lung health because of its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the main component of turmeric, is beneficial for lung function. It aids the body’s natural cleaning process and is effective in cleaning the respiratory tract. It is one of the lung cleansing foods and aids in the fight against viral infections and boost immune cell function. Try our soothing turmeric latte

Green leafy vegetables : Dark leafy greens contain a potent antioxidant in the form of chlorophyll. Green leafy veggies work by combating free radicals within the body, which can be harmful if their concentration rises. Also green vegetables in general, provide minerals such as calcium, zinc, folates and antioxidants. Green veggies also have lots of great fibre that help our gut stay balanced and healthy. All of them are immunity boosters that also protect our lungs.

Fermented foods: Probiotics are very important for keeping the gut healthy – and if the gut isn’t healthy, the immune system won’t be strong. So eat lots of fermented foods. Check out these Must-Eat Fermented Indian Foods for a Healthy Gut

5.Eating Bee Products

Honey benefits

While this one may not be so popular but we can’t ignore the power of bee products in boosting immunity. From the more common honey to the rarest of propolis, the bee kingdom has an abundance of natural miracles to offer:

Honey: A traditional home remedy for any kind of fluey ailment, the soothing and anti-microbial properties of honey helpline the throat and kill any invaders in the mouth. Here are some of the interesting facts about honey

Bee Pollen: Known as complete survival food, the power of pollen lies in its nutritional diversity. Because one bottle of this bee magic is made from the pollen of hundreds of different species of flowers, each with its amino-acid profile, it’s a nutrient dream packed with the widest variety of plant proteins of any food. If you’re super lucky you’ll find something called ‘bee bread’ which is the pre-digested form of pollen that the bees have fermented inside the hive.

Propolis: This is a sticky black resin that bees lay down at the entrance of their hives and pack in any cracks to keep invaders out. As it enters, each bee rubs itself on the layer of resin coating the entrance. This functions as an anti-bacterial/fungal/viral bath, killing any pathogens they may have picked up. Propolis is made from a combination of tree resins, pollen and honey and makes a potent pathogen killer for humans, too.

6.Try out other Healing Herbs

Detox tea

Basil: Basil is a key ingredient in cough syrups. In India, this herb is considered auspicious and it has many medicinal properties, one of which is to reduce congestion and clear up the lungs.

Oregano: The active components (Carvacrol and Rosmarinic acid) present in oregano helps in detoxification as they act as natural decongestants and thus, have a cleansing effect on the respiratory tract.  

Lung Detox Tea Recipe

This is one simple drink that can be easily prepared at home. The ingredients required for this one include:

ginger, basil leaves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, carom seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom and oregano

Method :

  • Add everything into a pan with 1-litre water.
  • Boil the water for 10 minutes and then strain.
  • Drink one cup of this warm tea. You may add honey for taste.

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