The 10 best foods for the lungs
The 10 best foods for the lungs. The lungs are the entry point for oxygen in our body, but also the exit point for toxic substances. We learn to take care of it, including through nutrition.
Maybe not everyone knows that … the lungs have two fundamental functions: the exchange of carbon dioxide (waste of our metabolism), with oxygen (the fuel of all our cells), and consequently the purification of the organism, with the elimination of “exhaust gases”, which are toxic if they accumulate in the body, just as it happens for our car.
In our lungs, together with air, polluting particles also arrive, other dangerous molecules, and viruses that creep in from the nose or mouth. In good health, the lungs have their defense mechanisms against these molecules or microorganisms
To keep the lungs in good health, and consequently the whole body, you will need pure air (if it still exists on the planet …) and correct supply. Yes, there are foods that can help lung health.
Let’s see which are
the 10 best foods
Garlic is a real natural antibiotic, it can improve asthma and help prevent or quickly overcome other lung diseases. Eat plenty of it, raw. Or, if you fear for your breath, look for it in capsules.
Onion, with its high content of quercetin, B vitamins and vitamin C, is a source of antioxidants, which counteract free radicals and help strengthen the immune system. Eat it raw, in a salad, to help your body fight allergies, colds and other lung ailments.
Turmeric is a spice, perhaps infrequent on our tables, but with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. We will consume plenty of it, combined with pepper, to increase its absorption.
Carrot is an important source of beta-carotenes and vitamin C, which help prevent lung diseases, improve the symptoms of asthma, prevent the development of respiratory disorders. They will be perfect raw, in salads or with a light cheez.
Tomato has the highest content of lycopene, an antioxidant molecule very effective in defending against free radicals and consequently in protecting against tumors. The cooked tomato, with raw oil, will provide lycopene in a form that is better absorbed by our body. Green light for tomato sauce!
Ginger, with its spicy flavor, in addition to acting as a tonic and anti-nausea, promotes lung health.Its anti-inflammatory action can help protect lung cells from chronic conditions. Let’s use it as a spice or to prepare herbal teas.
Fish, especially blue fish and cold sea fish, contains Omega3 (good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant fats) and vitamin D, which supports lung function. For vegans, walnuts are an excellent source of Omega3.
Cabbage, especially in the “cabbage” variety, has a high content of glucosinolates, molecules that facilitate the elimination of toxic substances in our bodies. The protective action against lung damage is also enhanced by the presence of numerous antioxidants such as caffeic acid, ferulic acid and quercetin. Add them to your side dishes, or use them for excellent vegetarian sauces.
Berries are sources of anthocyanins and resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant with an anti-inflammatory effect that helps to reduce oxidative stress, the main cause of chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer. Use them in yogurt for breakfast, or venture a green salad enriched with berries.
Oranges, but also peppers, kiwis and grapefruits, are rich in vitamin C which helps to absorb iron and therefore to better transport oxygen throughout the body. Oranges also contain beta-cryptoxanthin, a natural antioxidant that acts positively against free radicals. Make lots of juices, pepper salads, risk citrus fruit in combination with fennel and pomegranate, for a healthy salad.
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