Troubled by air pollution? Add these 5 foods to your diet to help cleanse your lungs naturally  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Eating well is especially important for people with a lung condition
- Fortunately, there are many foods that you can include in your diet to support lung function
- Here, we list some nutritious foods that may help cleanse your lungs as well as promote overall health
New Delhi: Eating a nutritionally balanced diet will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of certain health conditions. It will also help you keep your lungs healthy, helping you feel your best. Research suggests that consumption of foods that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants can help reduce the harmful effects of air pollution and keep your lungs healthy.
Breathing in polluted air puts you at an increased risk of several health conditions such as lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, and in extreme cases, premature death. Inhaling contaminated air irritates your airways, resulting in coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain and asthma episodes. However, sticking with a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can help you maintain lung health. As air quality continues to deteriorate in Delhi-NCR, we list some of antioxidant-rich foods that you can incorporate into your diet to cleanse your lungs.
Foods that can help cleanse your lungs
- Beets: Research has shown that beetroot supplements could improve physical performance and lung function in people with lung conditions like COPD and pulmonary hypertension. Both beetroot and beet greens are rich in compounds, including nitrates, which can help optimise lung function. Moreover, the greens of the beetroot are loaded with vitamins and minerals that promote lung health – magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and carotenoid, etc.
- Apples: This delicious fruit is high in fibre and low in calories. They are packed full of vitamins and flavonoids that may help in maintaining a good respiratory system. Apples are also a rich source of quercetin (a flavonoid) that helps cleanse your lungs.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc, are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are an excellent source of lignans, which act as antioxidants and can help boost lung health. Try adding them to your daily diet to help your lungs breathe easy.
- Peppers: Peppers are high in vitamin C, which can help keep your lungs healthy over time. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can have immense benefits for chronic lung disease patients. Experts said vitamin C can help the body remove toxins and free radicals, which may lower lung tissue damage rates and promote repair of tissues.
- Pumpkins: Turns out, pumpkins contain a variety of plant compounds that promote lung health. This brightly coloured flesh veggie is particularly rich in carotenoids that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – such as beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Research has linked higher blood levels of carotenoids with better lung function in both older and younger populations.
The bottom line is, eating a well-balanced diet is an excellent way to support and protect lung health. It will also help you stay healthy and fit.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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