Smokers can be easily recognized by the characteristic cough that inevitably follows after a longer period of smoking. Of course, our primary recommendation for you would be to quit smoking! But if you are that certain type of stubborn character who enjoys smoking regardless of its serious health hazards – here are some tips on how to minimize its negative impact.
First thing you should know is this: Your lungs will most probably become COMPLETELY coated with tar within few years of excessive smoking. Once created, these blockages can result in severe chest pain and a disrupted balance of the cells, which may contribute to the formation of carcinogenic cells in the lungs, throat and mouth.
As your car requires having a periodical change of oil and filters in order to avoid any accidents and breakdowns, and ultimately may result in engine failure, so your lungs also require such attention and care. Unlike your vehicle, you cannot just purchase a new pair of lungs, so it is crucial that you take extra care of this vital organ. For this reason, the very minimum that you can do for yourself is regularly cleanse and revitalize your lungs.
WHAT TO DO?
What you should do is clear the lungs of toxins and tar, which can be done by eating certain foods that contain compounds that protect or clean our lungs. Cleaning the lungs allows you to reduce the risk of infection and cancer, increase lung capacity and improve the general health of the respiratory system.
Cleaning the lungs is especially recommended not only for the active smokers, but it is recommendable for the passive smokers too, as well as for those of you who live in areas with polluted air. If you use the right cleaning method, you will certainly achieve maximum impact.
How To Cleanse Lungs From Smoking:
Ginger – Ginger is a very powerful and potent tool for detoxification of the lungs. You can use it in several ways. Tea made from ginger root with lemon helps your breathing and promotes the elimination of toxins from the respiratory tract. Lemon cleans the skin tissue, while ginger cleanses your lungs.
Indeed, ginger can be used to make a powerful elixir for cleaning your lungs. For best results follow this recipe:
- 1 kg of onions
- 1 liter of water
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric
- 1 small peeled ginger root
The onions should be peeled and cut into quarters and covered with a liter of water. Then, you add the grated ginger and turmeric to the mixture and put to boil. When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat. Cook until the liquid is reduced to half. Right after that, strain the resulting mixture and transfer it into a jar which can be stored in the fridge.
The recommended dose of this remedy is 2 tablespoons on an empty stomach in the morning and then again 2 tablespoons two hours before dinner or supper in the evening.
You can also create a warm bath with powdered ginger. The duration of the bath should be around 20 minutes for best results. The bath stimulates the process of opening the pores and increases perspiration, which helps eliminate the toxins from your lungs and body. The steam you breathe during the bath is going directly into the respiratory tract, facilitating the process of breathing and purifying the lungs.
Watercress – Many doctors consider watercress an inevitable alternative in the process of cleansing the lungs. Watercress can be made in a simple and delicious soup, which effectively cleanses the lungs of toxins.
This soup is recommended to be consumed two times a month, especially by active and passive smokers.
- 1 kg of watercress (flowers and stems)
- 2 cups of dates
- 4 cups of water
Put the ingredients in the pot on low heat. When it starts to boil, lower the heat and cook for a minimum of 4 hours. If the surface of the soup creates foam, remove it with a spoon. After the soup is ready, season it according to your preference.
This soup is very appetizing. You can serve it with rice and other supplements.
Note: It is important to use the correct ratio of ingredients and cook the soup at least 4 hours. After such cooking, the soup reaches its desirable texture, making it nourishing and useful for detoxifying your lungs.
OTHER INGREDIENTS AND DRINKS THAT CAN HELP PURIFY YOUR LUNGS
Mullein – Tea made from mullein brings quick relief to people whose lungs are clogged with toxins and tar, which is a common case with smokers. Be cautious in straining the tea – the tiny strands on the leaves of mullein can have an irritating effect if swallowed.
Coltsfoot and UvaUrsi–For those who have made the decision to quit smoking, it is important to cleanse the lungs of all the toxins which carry a potential risk of cancer. Coltsfoot and UvaUrsi are very popular among smokers, because they allow this kind of detoxification and facilitate the process of breaking this bad habit. Also these plants are very helpful in strengthening and nourishing the entire respiratory system.
You should also bear in mind that white horehound (Horehound), nettle root lotus, fenugreek (fenugreek), eucalyptus, goldenseal and peppermint are very useful in detoxifying the lungs if you are a smoker or exposed to smoke.
What should be avoided?
Avoid consumption of processed foods, especially white flour and sugar, and dairy products that stimulate the production of mucus in the body. And try to reduce your daily stress to minimum!
If you are trying to quit smoking, be sure to avoid the company of smokers. It might not only make you fall into your bad smoking habit, but also it might make your cleansing process much longer and much more difficult.