Onions have been used for many centuries for their various medicinal properties. Recent research has shown that these powerful vegetables can help with a whole host of conditions that includes coughs, angina, bacterial infections, and even the common cold.
When it comes to helping with respiratory problems and clearing out the lungs onions contain sulfur rich compounds which help with lung related conditions such as asthma and severe coughing. The strong compounds also help break down phlegm in the lungs ensuring they are clear and able to function more effectively.
And the great thing about onion is that they are already a key ingredient in many delicious recipes. Scroll down and hit Next to read the rest of the article.
#15. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are one of the best known sources of a mineral called selenium. This trace element has been linked, in a number of studies, to a reduced risk of death from lung cancer. Those people with higher levels of the mineral had much better survival rates.
There is a note of caution here though. Too much selenium in your diet can actually be toxic so be careful not to over indulge.
Brazil nuts are also contain vitamin E which is great for your overall immune system too. They can also be a great source of the “good” fats that your body needs to function effectively.
#14. Cranberry Juice
Some studies have suggested that drinking cranberry juice regularly can actually slow down the spread of various forms of cancer. In terms of keeping your lungs healthy cranberry also contains a chemical called nondialyzable material (NDM) which actually fights the flu and various other viruses which can affect the lungs.
Cranberry juice also has great anti-oxidant and cleansing properties for the whole of the body. The chemicals in the berry fight free radicals in the body which can cause damage to various cells if left alone.
As well as cranberries, the juice of pineapples and lemons can also be very effective at cleansing the lungs and combating infection.
Water is absolutely essential to all forms of life. But you shouldn’t just see it as a boring necessity. Drinking plenty of water can have a massive benefit to your whole system including your lungs.
Each day you need to be glugging your way through four large glasses of water – or ideally more. As well as helping with digestion and a myriad of other bodily functions, it also helps to thin down the mucus that lines your lungs.
Becoming dehydrated can cause this mucus to thicken leading to lung problems, difficulty breathing and a higher likelihood of developing infections.
Vitamin C has long been linked to good respiratory health and grapefruit are a great source. On top of the vitamin C bonanza grapefruit also contains various minerals which help towards better immunity and protect against infections in the lungs.
The fruit has also been linked to helping with more serious lung problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Scientists have discovered sufferers of the condition who had eaten grapefruit on a regular basis actually showed an improved lung function and higher overall fitness scores than those who didn’t eat the fruit at all.
#11. Carrots And Carrot Juice
Carrots and carrot juice have been linked to lowering the rates of various forms of cancer, including lung cancer. This is thought to be due in part to the high levels of nutrients like carotene and lutein that carrots contain.
Various studies have found that carrot juice specifically has a direct benefit to the lungs. It has been suggested that it could reduce the impact of emphysema as well as easing more minor conditions such as serious coughs by reducing inflammation in the lungs.
Few vegetables are cheaper or easier to get hold of than carrots so there is no excuse for not getting more into your diet.
Ginger is not just an incredibly useful addition for turning bland dishes into something a bit more special. This spicy root also offers a whole range of benefits to the entire body. It contains a range of vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene and zinc. All of which contribute towards a healthy body.
It is perhaps best known for helping with digestion by cleansing the colon and helping clear gas from your system. When it comes to the lungs ginger helps with various respiratory problems including the symptoms of asthma. Under some conditions certain extracts of ginger are also known to kill lung cancer cells.
#9. Herbal Tea
The choice of herbal teas on the market is absolutely huge, and it can be confusing knowing what to buy for the best. The good news is that there are a number of them which are able to help cleanse the lungs.
Some herbs are expectorant and will loosen mucus from the lining of your lungs. This includes flavors such as aniseed, peppermint and elecampane. Other herbs are antimicrobial and deal with infections that may be causing lung problem. Teas such as licorice root, ginger and cinnamon can all be particularly effective.
Herbal tonics are also good for your system and can help remove fluid from your lungs.