(Last Updated On: 28th December 2015)

Our Lungs are one of the most important part of our body, and it is our responsibility to eat healthy food to keep them healthy.

Yes you read it right.. lungs are not only affected by the surrounding air, but also with the food that we eat.

According to Department of pathology, University of Liverpool the total internal surface area of lungs in adult humans vary between 30-50 sq. meters and 70-10 sq. meters which is roughly estimated to be equal to the total area of one side of a tennis court.

5 foods to keep your lungs healthy

Facts apart, lungs are one of the main organs responsible for human life. Lungs take part in respiration, i.e. the process of transportation and diffusion of oxygen into the cells and taking the carbon dioxide out of the body from the cells and tissues. Thus it processes oxygen in our body.

Since it’s a crucial part of our body and our health is completely dependant on our lungs’ health.

Talking apart from the exercises, I am going to tell you 5 foods that can help you keep your lungs healthy.

1. Apples.

A team from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, studied the diets and lung function of more than 2,500 men aged 45-49, and found out that good lung function was associated with high intakes of vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, citrus fruits, apples, and fruit juices.

benefits of apple

However, after they took into consideration factors such as body mass, smoking history and exercise the only food that seemed to make a significant difference was apples.

It was found that eating five or more apples a week was linked to a slightly better lung function.

Those who ate apples had a lung capacity 138 millilitres higher than those who did not. So have a apple every morning to keep your lungs healthy and live longer.

2. Turmeric.

Turmeric is effective in conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

New research reveals that it is beneficial as a preventative and treatment for lung, colon, and liver diseases.

health benefits of turmeric

It also contains curcumin, a compound that encourages the self-destruction of cancer cells.

Many of the compounds in turmeric have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties help our body to keep lungs fit and healthy.

3. Ginger.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains many natural chemicals that help the lungs function more effectively.

health benefits of ginger

Ginger promotes your respiratory health by eliminating air pollutants, tobacco smoke and perfumes out of the air passages before they have time to irritate the lungs.

It also relieves congestion, as well as improves circulation to the lungs, thus reducing the severity of many chronic lung-diseases such as bronchitis.

4. Oranges.

Foods having high amounts of vitamin C help our lungs effectively transport oxygen throughout the body.

health benefits of oranges

Citrus appears to offer the most significant protection against esophageal, oropharyngeal/laryngeal (mouth, larynx and pharynx), and stomach cancers. For these cancers, studies showed risk reductions of 40-50%.

5. Water.

More water in your diet can make your circulatory process working while keeping your lungs hydrated and ready to flush out unwanted toxins.

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Pure, clean water keeps the blood flowing to and from the lungs. It also keeps our lungs hydrated and the mucus flowing.

It may sound disgusting, but that mucus is important and needs to be the right consistency for the cilia to move it—along with toxins, microbes, and pollutants—out.

The American Lung Association states that the food we eat may affect our breathing. And indeed once again we see that diversifying our diet is important to our health, as no single food will supply all the nutrients we need.

So if you want to cleanse your lungs, don’t forget to add the above mentioned foods in your diet to maintain the health of your lungs. Please do not forget to share this article if found informative, comment your valuable suggestions to help us improve the content quality.

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