Despite what many people think, smokers (first and secondhand) are not the only ones who need to cleanse their lungs. This organ, which is one of the most important in the human body, can be greatly affected by toxic substances, city smog, environmental pollution, the type of work you do or a lack of physical exercise, among others. That’s why you should try this diet to detoxify your lungs, thus getting rid of all those toxins in a healthy way. Learn more in the following article.
Why should I cleanse my lungs?
Lots of people talk about cleansing their blood, skin, hair, or even intestines, but what about your lungs? This organ receives a variety of toxic gases and air every day, toxins which then build up in your lungs and can cause a number of different illnesses. This cleansing routine is not only for smokers or people who just quit smoking, but for anyone who wants to improve their health. If you tend to suffer from bronchial problems or feel like you’re not getting enough air (this could also be the result of a lack of exercise), of if you live or work with someone who smokes a lot or have to walk around in a city full of cars and buses to get to the office, this detoxifying diet is perfect for you.
In addition to following this diet, as often as possible, you should try to avoid situations in which your lungs may become contaminated. You may not be able to get up and move to the countryside, but you can spend more time outside, surrounded by trees and nature, especially on the weekends when you have more free time.
Diet to detoxify your lungs
This routine will last three days, and you should try to do it while you’re on vacation, because over those 72 hours, you will need to:
- Avoid going to places where you could be at risk of contamination (as previously explained).
- Avoid being around people who smoke.
- Eat light, mainly fruit and vegetable salads.
- Avoid eating red or white meat.
- Stop consuming dairy products (milk, yogurt, butter, cream, cheese, ice cream) because they can cause allergies and intolerance, thus leading to respiratory problems for lots of people.
- Avoid caffeine, sodas, refined sugar and industrial juices.
- Drink two liters of water per day, non-fat vegetable soups and herbal teas.
- Include anti-microbial herbs in your soups and juices, such as rosemary, thyme and oregano.
All of these actions will allow you to get rid of toxins that are trapped in your intestines and may be causing constipation. You should know that, during the detoxification process, your lungs will not be able to do much hard work, whether that be physical labor, cleaning, picking up heavy objects, playing sports, etc. So, we recommend carrying out this treatment while you are on vacation or over a long weekend so that you can stay at home and relax.
Juices to detoxify your lungs
In addition to carrying out the previously mentioned steps as part of a diet to purify your lungs, you should also drink three different juices over the course of the three-day diet.
Before breakfast, drink ample amounts of vitamin C, which will strengthen your immune system and your lung health. Squeeze the juice of two lemons and mix it well in one cup of water. If you aren’t a big fan of lemons, you can also use grapefruit. Remember, if you want to sweeten the beverage, only use natural options such as stevia or cane sugar, although, if possible, you should drink these beverages without sweetening.
At mid-morning, you will need a lot of potassium, a mineral that cleanses the organism, prevents cramping and regulates fluid retention in your body by distributing that liquid to all of your organs. Drink one of two glasses of this potassium-rich smoothie. The following is the perfect recipe:
- One banana.
- Half a cup of plum pulp.
- Half a cup of strawberries.
- Half a cup of papaya.
- Two cups of rice or almond milk.
- Three dates.
At lunchtime, in addition to eating lots of raw vegetable salads, don’t forget about carotenoids, which will improve the health of the mucus membranes in your lung tissue and protect the cells in those organs. Foods with a large amount of this nutrient are: carrots, tomatoes, beets, oranges, red peppers, cantaloupe, mangoes and peaches. You can make a juice or smoothie by mixing 300 ml of carrot juice, one green or red apple and a handful of parsley. This will provide you with tons of vitamin A and, most important, carotenoids which alkalize your blood.
Before going to bed (two hours before dinner), you should drink two glasses of cranberry juice. These small, dark fruits have a lot of beneficial properties, including the fact that they are able to get rid of bacteria in the lungs and prevent infection.
Finally, you should follow this body cleansing routine:
- Take a 20-minute steam bath to eliminate toxins from the body by sweating. Add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to the water, or put them on the towel you will wrap yourself in when you get out of the bath.
- Go out to a green area, such as a park full of trees and plants. If possible, this area should be far away from downtown.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the “diet” to detoxify your lungs!