Looking at the topic of this article, you may assume that lung detox is something only smokers and drug users would be interested in.
You could not be more wrong! We live in a world that is surrounded by toxins; industrial pollution, car exhaust fumes, chemicals in the air and second hand tobacco smoke are all around us. All these things, combined contribute in making our environment very toxic. Ridding our body of these impurities is crucial, which is why going through a lung detox is a wonderful idea for any of us who have breathed in the 21st Century!
The lung is a very important organ as it acts as a mediator between our internal body and the air around it, and whoever said that lung damage is irreparable do not know what they are talking about!
To repair the internal damage to your lungs, you have to be very careful with what you put your body through. Therefore, it is very important that you make certain lifestyle changes. It is best to make these changes gradual, so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up!
The first change you will have to make is a very obvious one; quit smoking. To those who do not smoke: kudos! But for all the smokers out there; I know that you most likely have heard all there is to hear about the effects of smoking. You probably get lectures on lung cancer, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and all sorts of unsavory things from at least one concerned loved one on a weekly basis, which is why I will spare you the lecture.
Quitting an addiction is a whole different ball game which we can discuss later in a more detailed article. However, the most important thing to know is that you when you quit an addiction you have to be in the right frame of mind for it. You have to motivate yourself and give it all that you’ve got. You of course have this power within you. All you have to do is really decide it is what you are committed to. Once this is clear inside you mind, the best way to make this the easiest is to seek out professional help and surround yourself with loved ones. It is also very supportive to connect with other successful quitters to gain support. Once you have quit smoking and made this all important lifestyle change, you will feel better than you ever did with a cigarette in your hands!
Another lifestyle change you will want to make is to limit the toxins around you. This includes all the bleach, cleansers, detergents, soap, and air fresheners that you use and which are heavily chemically treated. Flat out- they need to go. This may sound more drastic than it actually is. You can be comforted knowing that there are numerous chemical-free substitutes available in the market. Look for products that are all-natural and contain the least amount of chemicals. Make a rule; if you cannot pronounce the ingredients then it should probably not be in your house. (This includes what you eat as well.)
Besides cleaning products, deodorants, lotions, and shampoos sometimes also use very strong chemical compounds which you can substitute for healthier and more natural products.
If your home air quality is not as high as you would like you can purchase an air purifier that has an ozone option. We have many of these in our home. You can learn about these at http://ecoquestair.com/
And last but not the least: exercise. Exercise is a great way to give your lungs a workout as well and strengthen it. You can opt for yoga, a strong aerobic program or just do some daily breathing exercises. Breathing exercises are especially important for smokers or recent smokers as it helps strengthen lungs and repair some of the damage nicotine has caused.
To repair the damage that has been done to your lungs (intentionally or unintentionally) it is important to be very careful with what you put in your body. You need to detoxify your body of all the toxins and give it a chance to heal itself from within.
The first tip when it comes to diet, would be to drink plenty of water. Drink at least ½ ounce per pound of your body weight each and every day. You can fill a BPA-free gallon bottle to help you keep track of the amount you are drinking. I personally have four 22 ounce glass water bottles that I fill each morning and am sure I drink all 4 of these before I retire. This is actually more than ½ ounce per pound for me and it is the amount my body desires to feel alive and vibrant! Water is a great way to flush out the toxins from your body!
There are certain foods that you can include in your diet to promote the detoxification of your lungs. The best food for healthier lungs is grapes! Grapes contain the chemical proanthocyanidin which reduces the severity of asthma and are also known to reduce the risks of lung cancer and emphysema. Grapes also contain chemicals that can help prevent the inflammation of the cell linings in the lungs. Eat more red and purple grapes and try to include the fruit in your daily diet. Always choose organic for as many of your food choices as possible.
Another fruit that can help detox lungs is pineapple. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelin that can help the lungs detox naturally. Eat fresh pineapples and drink pineapple juice daily to keep your lungs clear of mucus and healthy!
I also suggest you eat more carrots. Add fresh carrots to your snacks menu, drink fresh carrot juice and eat carrots in salads or cooked; just eat them. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and contain numerous antioxidants that can lower the chances of getting lung disease. Moreover, studies have shown that eating carrots can greatly reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Other foods that you should include in your diet are garlic, cilantro, spinach, celery, parsnip, dandelion, broccoli, cabbage, fish, nuts and flaxseed among other items.
Go For It!
The idea behind lung detox is not to go crazy or paranoid about toxins, but to make gradual changes in the things that you can change. It may seem impossible to protect your lungs from the environmental pollution that surrounds us every day but with a few steps you can keep your lungs healthy and in shape. Once you take the steps towards getting pure lungs, you will realize the effects that toxins have on your energy levels and overall health.
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Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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