Our lungs are incredible organs: they allow us to inhale oxygen, literally filling our blood with the breath of life. Oxygen is the one thing we need to keep the cells in our body alive. We can only get oxygen through our lungs, so if we have any lung-condition, from asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis to pneumonia, it can become very dangerous – even fatal – if not treated.
How do you get it?
The natural environment of your lungs is moist which makes it easy for bacteria and viruses to get in. Whether you’re catching public transport or driving along the highway, you’re inhaling everything from air pollution, to smoke, to chemicals, and the air someone else exhaled or coughed out. Bacteria and viruses can enter your lungs as you breathe through your nose and mouth.
But, there are ways to prevent this.
1. Take in carotenoids
Carote…what? Foods with carotenoids help fight free radical damage and provide important nutrients to assist in keeping diseases at bay and lower inflammation.Tomatoes, carrots, kale, red pepper, and sweet potatoes are good sources of antioxidants to boost lung health.
2. Go for Omega-3
Omega-3 foods help reduce inflammation in the body. Eat only oily fish like mackerel and salmon, seeds and nuts, and eggs.
3. Gulp some garlic and ginger
Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which acts as a powerful natural antibiotic agent in the body and can help kill off respiratory infections. Ginger is a natural cleansing food that has anti-inflammatory properties. The power of ginger can reduce inflammation that will help speed up the recovery of a respiratory infection, and reduce the amount of mucus clogging your bronchial tubes.
4. Wash away the germs
Wash your hands often and use a hand sanitiser to kill germs and bacteria.
5. Breathe freely and easily
Wear a face mask when necessary to avoid the spread of germs. Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoking. Another way to strengthen your lungs is with regular exercise. Exercising improves blood circulation, strengthens your heart, improves your resistance to infections and strengthens your lungs.