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Spring clean those lungs!

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TOBACCO smoking remains to be the primary cause of lung disease. Other factors that contribute to respiratory disease  include air pollution, occupational chemicals and dusts, and frequent, lower-respiratory infections during childhood.

With these risk factors, it might prove beneficial to undergo a lung detox, to stave off respiratory issues. Here are a few ways to naturally detoxify your lungs:

Give up smoking: This should be a number-one priority. It has long been established that nicotine and tobacco smoke may compromise lung function, and increase the odds of developing lung infections and cancer. Quitting smoking will do your lungs a huge favour.

Breathing exercises: These exercises, especially those that promote deep breathing, may effectively detoxify the lungs. The activity rids the lungs of unwanted toxins by increasing blood flow to the vital organs. Physical activities may also bolster the organs’ capacity to filter clean oxygen.

Stay hydrated: There is a reason why doctors recommend that you drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated allows the body to provide the lungs with fresh blood and fluid. This, in turn, helps clear out mucus, and fend off bacterial infections.

Not just water: Apart from drinking water, there are other sorts of beverages that promote healthy lungs. For instance, drinking water infused with lemons, ginger or peppermint are known to cleanse the respiratory system.

Likewise, carrot juice is known to alkalise the body, and facilitate detoxification. In addition, green tea is touted for its potent detoxification properties.

Eat antioxidant-rich foods: Consuming foods loaded with antioxidants, such as pineapples, grapes and cranberries, is a foolproof way of eliminating disease-causing bacteria in the lungs, and maintaining a healthy respiratory system.

Herbs may do the trick: Herbs are touted for their beneficial effects on the respiratory system. For instance, oregano contains natural decongestant and anti-histamine properties, that ease nasal airflow and promote lung function. On the other hand, peppermint combats disease-causing pathogens in the lungs.

Load up on potassium: Potassium is an essential mineral that keeps the lungs healthy. Consuming potassium-rich foods may help promote overall respiratory health.

Mucus-producing foods: A number of food items like dairy, meat, soy and wheat are known to trigger a mucus build-up in the lungs. This is because these foods are harder to digest. It is recommended that the consumption of healthier food is increased, including cruciferous vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and fish.

Hot showers: Taking a 20-minute hot shower may help the body to effectively remove toxins. Adding eucalyptus to hot water may provide an expectorant effect, which, in turn, may alleviate sore throats, nasal congestion and sinus problems.

Lung irritants: Certain household products, such as fresheners, furniture and floor polish, aerosols and chlorine bleach, are known to induce lung irritation. Stay away from these items, and opt for more-natural cleaning products.

Chronic respiratory diseases are among the world’s top medical concerns that affect just about everybody, from small children to the elderly. In fact, data from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension are some of the most prominent lung diseases that plague the global population.

According to the WHO, more than three million people die annually from COPD, with 90% of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. The organisation also pointed out that 235 million people around the world currently suffer from asthma.

Lung disease rates in the US aren’t any better. More than nine million people in the States have chronic bronchitis, while 3.5 million are diagnosed with emphysema. Up to 174,000 cases of emergency department visits were linked to chronic and unspecified bronchitis.

 

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