The health of our lungs is vital to the overall health of our bodies. Along with the brain and the heart, the lungs are some of the most essential of the body’s organs. When the lungs are not properly taken care of, or if they ever have any issues functioning as they should, not only does our breathing suffer, but our overall ability to live does as well.
You may not realize it, but as we age, the way in which we have treated our lungs in our previous younger years, plays a large role in the health and capability of the lungs later in our lives. If we have treated our lungs poorly, problems can begin to manifest and rapidly alter the experiences we have later in life.
Because the world we live in is full of dangerous and harmful toxins, chemicals and pollution, breathing in purified air at all times is next to impossible. So taking the necessary precautions to guard against serious lung damage, and ultimately very serious overall health issues, is important. The more obvious things like not smoking and staying away from any places that you’ll be likely to inhale or ingest any harsh chemicals is all well and good; but there are also a number of foods that you can consume that strengthen and support the lungs from the inside out.
Water is an essential part of any individual’s daily intake. Since the body is made up of a large majority of water, it needs this liquid to be able to survive and properly function. Replenishing the water inside the body that is lost through waste is key in maintaining optimal health. Water keeps the lungs moist and free from any harmful irritation. It’s always important to consume water on a daily basis to keep the lungs from becoming dry, itchy and at an increased risk for shutting down.
With a high amount of antioxidants and Vitamin A, apricots and the minerals within them, are especially good at protecting the lining of the lungs, as well as preventing infection. Apricots are multifaceted in their lung health capabilities, which is why they are also highly recommended to those suffering from asthma.
There’s a reason for the old saying about apples and doctors. Apples contain high amounts of an antioxidant called quercetin, which has been noted for quite a long time as being one of the best things for the body in terms of helping to keep the lungs healthy.
Beans contain trace amounts of phytic acid (IP6). IP6 is proven to reduce the risk for cancer in various places throughout the body and the lungs are one of them. Black beans are especially great sources of antioxidants that help ward off free radicals from the body that are responsible for the onset of cancer.
The compounds within this leafy green vegetable called isothiocyanates have known cancer-fighting properties. Its high amounts of antioxidants are also great at keeping bacteria out of the lungs.
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