LUNG DETOX: Natural Foods & Herbs for Stronger, Healthier Lungs

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

Maintaining the health of the lungs is essential for keeping the rest of the body healthy.

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.

Here are the best foods that are good for your lungs that experts recommend:

1.Drink Herbal 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.

Read The Health Benefits of Drinking Premium Teas

Herbal tea

Tip: Choose black tea over black coffee as a morning warm-up or an afternoon pick-me-up.

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.

2.Practice Eucalyptus or peppermint oil Steaming

Both oils 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 with a nebuliser, but if you don’t have one of those, do not fret. 

– Hang fresh eucalyptus in the shower and make it super steamy.

-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.

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

3.Consume a Large Quantity of Vitamin C

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.

It does this by supporting the epithelial barrier function (preventing pathogens from getting in via thinner skin in the nose, mouth and around other orifices), protecting the body from oxidative stress and preventing microbial infestation. It also plays a role in controlling the production of different immune cells and may even help regulate gene expression. So it’s pretty powerful.

Some of the most notable are: 

Immunity boost

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.

• Moreover, 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.

4. Eat/ drink immune-boosting foods

Juicing is an incredible way of getting in an abundance of bioavailable live nutrients deliciously and conveniently.

Also read: Low carb immunity-boosting foods

Here are a few foods to incorporate to keep your immunity strong:

Ginger

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: This contains the compound curcumin, which is what gives the spice its bright, vibrant yellow colour. Curcumin has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties and boost immune cell function.

Try our tasty turmeric latte recipe

Dark leafy greens, and 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. (Think broccoli, spinach and kale)

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 like sauerkraut, raw apple cider vinegar, kimchi, yoghurt and miso.

Kombucha

Add these Indian fermented to your daily diet

5.Eating bee products like Honey, Pollen, etc

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.

Also, read the interesting facts about honey

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

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.  

Also read: 9 Warning Signs You Have Poor Gut Health

9 Homemade Detox Water for a Flat Stomach You Must Drink During the Summers

What would you say if I told you that one of your most powerful allies when it comes to weight loss isn’t the newest cardio science or a complicated diet, but … water? That’s right. Good ol’ H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight, and maintain that flat belly.

Also read: What is the Best Way to Drink Water for Weight Loss?

Detox water is a fantastic way to look and feel healthier, as it can wash away harmful toxins in your body and help you lose weight.

What Is Detox Water?

Detox water is any infused water recipe that helps flush your system of toxins and improves your health. Some detox water recipes have beneficial ingredients which help your body in some ways (like boost metabolism), but the main beneficial ingredient is water.

What does detox water do?

Although the jury is still out on exactly how much these drinks help remove toxins from your body, we can be sure that by drinking them, you are pumping your body full of vitamins and nutrients that will make you healthier, more beautiful and increase your energy.

Thus, it is true that some drinks will help you not only burn fat more and better, some may also help you achieve blood sugar regulation, decrease body mass index, build a balanced gut, and reduce inflammation.

Also read: Foods that fight inflammation

These are the top reasons people are looking into detox water and more about why they work:

• Helps regulate a belly fat burning hormone

• Targets the release of fat cells to break down more fat – Aids blood sugar balance

• Improves digestive system

• Includes anti-inflammatory properties

• Is a natural diuretic, preventing too much water retention

• Provide a clear skin

Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create detox water and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.

You may want to prepare a stock of these refreshing fruit and vegetable infused waters in advance, to carry them with you when you step out in the heat.

1.Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

Detox water
This apple cinnamon detox water recipe helped jump-start the infused water popularity! It boosts metabolism and curbs appetite!

This classic detox water recipe not only tastes delicious (the apples and cinnamon in this recipe help make any day feel like Fall), it also has a lot of health benefits. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

And the cinnamon also has a lot of great health benefits, too, making this an ideal detox water recipe.

Also read: 8 Guilt-free Diabetes Snacks

INGREDIENTS

• 1 Apple thinly sliced I like Fuji but pick your favourite (Cut away the seeds)

• 1 Cinnamon Stick

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

2.Blueberry Orange Detox Water

Blueberry detox water

This detox drink is so delicious it will help you meet your water goal each day, you’ll naturally increase your metabolism and flush your system. This fruit water recipe was made to simply make water taste more delicious, and we can get behind that. But that doesn’t mean the other ingredients don’t do their part as well.

The mandarin oranges are packed full of Vitamin C which is known to increase metabolism and help tone up skin.

The blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and fiber making them a superfood that makes you healthier, more beautiful and best of all, they naturally curb appetite.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 Mandarin Oranges cut into wedges

• Handful of blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

3.Metabolism Boosting Mango Ginger Detox Water

Mango detox water

The taste is amazing! The ginger and mango give this infused water recipe a terrific flavour while providing some beneficial ingredients to make you feel good.

Mangos are not only known to boost metabolism, but they also aid in digestion, help boost your memory and can even help increase your libido!

This Mango Ginger Detox Water will do a lot of good things for your health, so make a big pitcher today and enjoy.

Also read: 7 Healthy Mango Recipes That are Good for Your Gut

INGREDIENTS

• 1 inch Ginger Root peeled and sliced

• 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Mango

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

4. Strawberry, Mint, and Lemon Detox Drink

Strawberry mint water

Strawberries are a hugely popular detox water ingredient, and this recipe combines them with the best ingredients ever! The delicious sweetness of the strawberries is balanced with the tartness of the lemons, and the cooling mint flavour rounds it out perfectly.

This is one of my favourite detox drinks for weight loss! It’s simple and elegant, and so easy to make!

INGREDIENTS

• 1 lemon thinly sliced

• 15 strawberries quartered

• 5 mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour

5. Tropical Pineapple Orange Detox Water

Detox water

This tropical drink tastes like a vacation, but acts like a fat-burning powerhouse!

Pineapple and oranges pack this drink full of Vitamin C, naturally increasing metabolism, flushing fat and toning up your skin!

I love to drink this during and after a workout, it keeps your body burning fat long after your workout is over and also helps your body repair itself, reducing muscle soreness.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 orange thinly sliced

• 1/2 cup pineapple thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

6.Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Water

ACV water

Apple Cider Vinegar removes toxins from the blood and liver and aids in digestion making it ideal for a detox drink.

This drink takes the super ingredient to the next level with bloat reducing cucumber, metabolism-boosting lemon and headache relieving mint.

I’m a big fan of the flavour of vinegar, but don’t let that scare you off, I recommend you start slow, adding in just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, working your way up after you get used to its taste.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

• 1 lime

• 1 lemon

• 5-6 mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

7. Citrus Cucumber Detox Water

Infused water

This drink boosts liver cleansing and clears the digestive tract in the vitamin C packed lemons and oranges (vitamin C also naturally increases metabolism!), along with breaking down body fat and toxins. Mint also aids in digestion and breaks down fat, all while cooling your body.

Lastly, the cucumber helps reduce bloat and works together with the mint to help you cool off naturally… so next time someone tells you to “chill out” take their advice and make yourself a glass of this refreshing detox water.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 large oranges sliced

• 1 lemon sliced

• ½ large cucumber sliced

• 1 handful of fresh mint

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

8. Lemon Ginger Detox Water

Lemon ginger

This is one of those detox water recipes that not only taste good but has some very special qualities that may help you feel better and cleanse your body as well.

The lemon provides the sweetness in this recipe, while the ginger provides a unique flavour that makes this recipe special.

Ginger is known to have a long history of providing relief for nausea, pain, inflammation, motion sickness, loss of appetite, and many more healthful benefits.

Also read: 8 Spices With Most Powerful Health Benefits

INGREDIENTS

• Juice of 2 lemons

• 2-inch knob of ginger root

INSTRUCTIONS

• Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.

• Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water.

• Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

• You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavour.

9. Cucumber Melon Detox Water

Cucumber melon

Our Cucumber Melon Detox Drink combines these flavours along with lime and mint into light-infused water. There are so many health benefits to this drink! It flushes out toxins from our bodies, stimulates digestion, breaks down fat, and hydrates body cells.

Also read: 7 Natural Constipation Cure

INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup cucumber with peel, cubed

• 2 cups seedless watermelon

• 8 mint leaves fresh, lightly chopped

• 1/4 cup lime juice fresh

INSTRUCTIONS

• In a large juice pitcher, combine cucumber, watermelon, and mint leaves. Gently smash ingredients. Add lime juice and water.

• Allow steeping for at least one hour. Pour water through a strainer into a separate bowl or juice pitcher to remove chunks.

• Pour over ice and serve.

Different combinations of these weight loss efforts will yield varying degrees of results for everyone.
Just like, different versions of the following fat burner drinks have unique health benefits that catalyze one of the above mechanisms.

Now that you have 9 detox water recipes to choose from you don’t have any excuses not to drink your water. I recommend a gallon of water, or fruit infused water a day for optimum health benefits.

So drink up, and please be sure to comment below and tell us which were your favourite, other readers will be counting on you to share which of these 9 is the yummiest.

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What is the Best Way to Drink Water for Weight Loss?

Many studies support the theory that drinking water is beneficial for weight loss. Also, hydration is key for many factors that play a role in weight loss, including digestion and muscle function.

Do you know?

Increasing your daily intake by 1 cup may lower weight gain by 0. 13kg

Water is the quintessential component of life and one of the most undertow elements when it comes to health. The umpteen health benefits of water include skin hydration, flushing out of toxins, offering an instant source of energy, to mention a few.

And if you are planning to shed those extra kilos, guzzle down more water.

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Water

The following water intake recommendations are from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM):

• 2,700 mL/day for adult women

• 3,700 mL/day for adult men

If you are a gym regular and sweating out during workouts, your body would require more water. It is recommended to drink about 480 ml of water before working out and sipping on 150 to 200 ml during the exercise. One should also drink another 480 ml post workouts to replenish the lost fluids.

Start the day by drinking with about two glasses of water on an empty stomach.

The key standard is to drink water when you are thirsty and sip down sufficient amounts to satisfy your thirst.

A bad headache, disturbed mood, constant hunger or difficulty in concentrating are the signs of dehydration due to lack of water intake. The best fix is, just drink water.

Also read: Weird Things That Happen to Your Body When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

How Water Plays A Crucial Role In Facilitating Weight Loss

1. Water Can Burn More Calories

Drinking water can rapidly intensify the number of calories you burn, most importantly the resting energy expenditure. Several shreds of evidence show that drinking 500ml of water may remarkably increase the number of calories burned, reduce BMI waist, circumference, body fat and weight loss.

Some research indicates that drinking water can help to burn calories.

2. Water is a natural appetite suppressant

Water is naturally free of calories and drinking water before a meal is associated with reduced intake of food and weight loss. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger.

A person may also think that they are hungry when they are thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb unnecessary snacking.

Drinking about two cups of water 20-30 minutes before meals may reduce appetite in middle-aged and older individuals. It eventually decreases calorie intake leading to weight loss.

3. Cold Water Burns Calories

According to a few medical experts, drinking cold water ups the metabolism and contributes towards weight loss. This is because the body works harder to warm up the water, thus burning more calories and excessive fat. However, if you suffer from frequent cold or lung-related issues avoid drinking cold water.

4. Water Helps You Shed Fat

Lack of water restricts the body from properly metabolizing stored carbs and fat. The fat metabolization process is called lipolysis and if you are dehydrated, the body may not be able to burn excessive fats. Drink enough water to stimulate the process of lipolysis to lose fat.

5.Water Loaded Foods Help

Besides drinking plain water, make sure to include water-rich foods like soups, smoothies without sugar and salt in your daily diet. Add berries, tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, grapes, celery, melons to your diet plan as these natural wonders are low on calories, high on water and act as appetite suppressants.

Water weight loss

Weight loss: These are the 5 times you should drink water 

1. When you feel hungry

Many times feeling thirsty is confused for feeling hungry. This usually occurs when you feel hungry shortly after having a meal. If you feel hungry too often, you should try drinking water. It will help prevent unnecessary snacking and hunger pangs. Dehydration can often you wrong signals of hunger.

Also read: The Problem Of Evening Hunger

Hunger pangs

2. When you are unwell

It might seem difficult to gulp down a glass of water when you are unwell but it can help you heal quickly. Drinking water when you are unwell can hydrate you and help in removing toxins from the body. It will make you feel fresh and will help you recover at a comparatively faster pace.

Also read: what to eat when you are sick

Cold fighting food

3. Before a meal

If you want to prevent overeating, then this is something that you can bank on. Firstly, time your meals. Try having your meals at the same time every day and it can take you a long way in being in sync with circadian rhythm. The next thing to do is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before every meal. It will keep you from overeating. It is also an effective way to control calorie intake, thus aiding weight loss. Also, avoid drinking water immediately after a meal or during the meal. 

4. On waking up in the morning

Now, this is something many of you must already be doing. Drinking water first thing in the morning can facilitate smooth bowel movement. Drinking water first thing in the morning will satiate you and energise you, removing toxins from the body. Make sure that you drink water which is at room temperature in the morning. Slightly warm water can also be helpful. Avoid cold water first thing in the morning. It may trigger a cough.

5. Before and after the workout

Drinking water before a workout will again, energise and hydrate you. Drinking water after your workout will help you rehydrate and make up for the fluid loss in the form of sweating while exercising. To maintain fluid balance, drinking water before and after your workout can be helpful.

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