Your lungs are constantly working and are among the hardest working organs. They deliver oxygen to all tissues of the body and get rid of carbon dioxide, a waste product that can be deadly if not removed from the body. Unhealthy lungs lead to the inability to breathe properly, fluids and infection in the lungs and so much more. These can cause serious problems including cancer and death. This is why it's so important to make sure your lungs are healthy.
How to have healthy lungs or to make them healthier? Don't smoke or quit smoking. Smoking is the most preventable cause of the most diseases and illnesses. Also make sure the air around you is clean and pure. Don't spray fragrances, air fresheners, deodorizers and neutralizers that contain artificial toxic ingredients and chemicals. Don't plug them in, diffuse them or burn them. Whether you're freshening or disinfecting the environment around you through candles, plug ins, sprays, and more if the products contain chemicals or things you don't know what they are, then mostly you are poisoning the air that you breathe. This will slowly and/or quickly make your lungs weaker.
Food can be your lung's healer or destroyer. That's up to you even if you were born with a lung disease. Your lifestyle choices can help make things better or worse.
What foods will help make and keep your lungs functioning their best? Here's a small list:
Dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, watercress, all kinds of herbs, broccoli, mustard greens, turnip greens, seaweed, kelp
Brightly colored fruits including berries, apples, oranges, pineapple, papayas, pears, cherries
Legumes and beans as they offer plenty of antioxidants. You can't get enough beans for lung health.
All of the above mentioned are also excellent for the health of your other organs including the brain and skin.
What natural remedies and essential oils are good for the lungs? Add these to your foods, beverages, and if applicable apply on skin, steam them and inhale, diffuse or inhale directly:
Ginger (fresh root), ginger powder and ginger oil; peppermint and peppermint oil; wild cherry fruit and wild cherry syrup; cinnamon powder and cinnamon oil; American ginseng; licorice root or licorice root supplement; eucalyptus oil (steam and inhale or apply to chest and back but do not ingest); osha root; honey; lemon oil; spearmint herb and spearmint oil; germ killer oil and germ killer spray; echinacea; coconut oil; sesame oil; fennel seeds; elder flowers; lavender oil; chamomile oil; frankincense oil and a variety of organic natural teas.
Keep your lungs healthy. Impaired lungs can affect you on a levels. You can feel lethargic and tired, depressed and have mood swings. Unhealthy lungs can cause mild to severe to deadly issues. Make choices to respect and care for the very things that keep you breathing and alive.