Lungs are one of the most important and active organs in the body; the lung works tirelessly, but do we actually give the required attention and care to preserve them?
Have you ever seen this before? Pausing mid-activity and gasping for air… This is commonly seen among many out of shape grownups. To prevent this from happening, it is essential to maintain the fitness of your lungs.
Here are some ways to cleanse, revitalise and rejuvenate your lungs and the respiratory system
Kick the butt
- Smoking destroys the cilia that help remove the infections and pollutants, resulting in clogged air ways.
- Smoking speeds up oxidative stress in respiratory cells and even causes cell death, which in the long run results in COPD, chronic lung disease, chronic bronchitis and even lung cancer.
- Quitting or even avoiding the second hand cigarette smoke leads to improved breathing capacity, better lung health and greater oxygen intake.
Minimize indoor air pollutants
- A study conducted by team of researchers from University of Washington revealed that 25 of the most frequently used consumer cleaning products and scented products contained an average of 17 hazardous chemicals each, which are toxic to health. Even the products, which claimed to be organic or natural contained these toxic substances.
- Avoid products that contain fragrance ingredients. Opting for simple vinegar and baking soda solution is a safe and natural alternative to chemicals.
- Pick aluminium-free deodorants.
- Limit the use of artificial room fresheners and scents.
- Improve the quality of indoor air by vacuuming regularly.
- Replace those artificial flowers with some nice indoor plants, which can add life to your home and help remove toxins.
Significance of Yoga, Pranayama and workouts
- The art of deep breathing is an effective way to rejuvenate the lungs. It enhances lung capacity.
- A 30 minutes yoga or daily workout enhances the quantity of oxygen available to your bloodstream.
- Breathing exercises strengthen the lung tissue.
A lung friendly diet
- The essential nutrients: Beta-carotene shields your lungs from air pollution and smoke, keeping the small air sacs clean and healthier. Selenium keeps lungs elastic. Vitamin c and E are responsible for cell regeneration, fights cellular ageing and protects lungs from oxidative damage.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water; it gives a thin consistency to the mucus, lining the airways and lungs. Dehydration causes the mucus to thicken, slowing down the overall respiration, making you more susceptible to diseases.
- Ginger, garlic, onions and such pungent foods lowers inflammation and fight infections.
- Cruciferous vegetables are rich in chlorophyll, helps in building blood and are rich in anti oxidants. A 2010 study found that people who consumed more of cruciferous vegetables had almost half the risk of lung cancer, compared to those who consumed the least says Dr.Edelman.
- Consume apples as they are rich in Vitamin E, C, flavanoids, which help lungs function at their best,
- Carrots, rich in vitamin A, lycopene, and antioxidants lower the chances of developing lung disease.
- Cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and noni juice are all rich in anti oxidants and help maintain a healthy respiratory system.
- Full fat butter, red meat, cheese and processed sweets, high taken by sufferers of respiratory disease, according to a recent study carried out in Australia. Dairy products and fatty foods increase mucus formation and blocks airways.
Cleansing and detoxification
- Liquorice, thyme, oregano, eucalyptus, lungwort, sage, peppermints are Herbal Remedies.
- Steam inhalation and vaporization is highly beneficial. Essential oils like eucalyptus or peppermint oil are good for the respiratory system, whether it is congestion, mucus formation or weak lungs. You can sprinkle the pillow case with these essential oils. These oils can also be used while steam inhalation.
Some essential lung tips:
- When doing hobbies that include dust or industrial gases or even painting, wear a respirator.
- Mind your posture. Slouching for long periods reduces breathing capacity of lungs. Less oxygen is taken and less carbon di oxide gets expelled out, so sit straight whenever you can.
About the author:
Ashley believes fitness is the way to good health, and loves writing about ways to stay healthy. She has recently started her own blog: http://tobaccoharmreduction.blogspot.com/