A mucus build up in the airways is a common cause of many respiratory disorders. If you are or have been a regular smoker, your lungs are likely to have a mucus build up, and may also be damaged or scarred from the toxic inhalation of cigarette smoke.
Whether you smoke or have ever smoked or not, every one breaths in toxic pollutants from the environment that can cause a build up of mucus in the lungs. There are a few natural foods that you can add to your daily diet to help the body to thin the mucus so it can be expelled from the body.
Foods that help to thin the mucus need to be included in the daily diet, to help the mucus to expel from the lungs. If you want to add a supplement to help thin and expel mucus from the lungs and airways, one herbal supplement that I have had amazing results with is Curcumin (the active compound found in Turmeric). If you want to learn more about Curcumin or get this product Click here.
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All smokers know the risks of smoking, but due to the addictivness, smokers don’t often think of the damage the cigarettes can do to the lungs until they: (1) Are having breathing difficulties, (2) Have recently quit smoking and are trying to get healthy again, (3) Have been given a grim diagnosis from a doctor.
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They offer seminars for smokers to quit smoking easily (without gaining weight or suffering with dreadful cravings etc), in many countries across the world. Be sure to checkout the many testimonials by ex smokers that quit using the Easyway method. There is also an Alan Carr Easyway book that has had amazing results in smokers successfully quitting smoking.
5 Top Foods To Detox Your Lungs
Natural Foods Known To Thin Mucus In The Lungs
(1) Hot peppers – If you can cope with the hotness of cayenne pepper and/or hot chilli peppers add this to your daily diet. The capsaicin in these peppers is an excellent natural decongestant. It is also thought that it helps to strengthen the lungs as well. In addition to this they are also a rich source of beta carotene and vitamin C that will help to strengthen the immune system.
(2) Ginger – Is widely use to treat respiratory problems. It is a natural expectorant. It helps to loosen the mucus and remove it from the lungs, and helps to relax the airway muscles to ease breathing.
(3) Broccoli – Contains a plant compound called sulforaphane that helps in activating the white blood cells that remove bacteria and other debris from the lungs. This cruciferous vegetable helps to improve the function of the lungs, and reduces the risk of frequent lung infections in those with damaged lungs.
(4) Onion & Garlic – The sulfur compounds in onions and garlic helps to cleanse the lungs. They help to break down the phlegm so it can be expelled from the airways.
(5) Pomegranate – Is rich in antioxidant nutrients making it an excellent food to help stop cancer cells from forming in the lungs. It also helps to improve blood circulation and assists in detoxification.
It is also important to drink plenty of water and get adequate exercise to help the body to rid itself of toxins.
Author note: If you have continuing lung/breathing issues, mucus build up, pain and or congestion, or are thinking about taking a supplement, always check with your health professional first. Some supplements can interfere with various conditions you may have, or medications you may be taking.
Article written by Wen Dee
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