Our lungs are the most ignored organ of our body. Daily, they are exposed to killer pollutants and microbes that get deposited from the air you inhale. In the case of smokers, their healthy pink lungs turn black with the deposition of tar in their lungs. Regular detoxification of lungs will help in smooth functioning and help in expulsion of toxins. Take a look at ways you can cleanse your lungs naturally.
1. Quit Smoking
The best way to detox your lungs is by quitting smoking. Nicotine and tobacco smoke inhibit lung functions and also put you at risk for lung infections and lung cancer.
2. Discard dairy.
Get rid of all the dairy products, this will help your body exclude the toxins during the cleanse.
3. Bring on the green tea!
Drink a cup of your favorite herbal green tea before bed to release toxins in the intestine that can lead to constipation. Refrain from overloading your lungs with tedious work during this purification process.
4. Nature gives you lemons.. Take it
In a tall glass of warm water, add a quarter cup of lemon juice and drink it before breakfast. You can also opt for a glass of pineapple or cranberry juice instead of lemon juice.
5. Get your potassium kick.
For lunch, indulge in potassium rich drinks to clean your lungs. Cantaloupe, oranges, chikoo, banana, sweet potato, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, apricots, figs, dates and berries are all rich in potassium.
Remember your Maa made adrak wali chai every time you caught a cold or cough? Well, dear old ginger helps in unclogging the respiratory tract and eliminates toxins from the lungs. The best way to consume ginger is by eating it raw, or having ginger tea. You can also indulge in a ginger powder bath for about half an hour. This will promote sweating and result in exclusion of toxins from the body.
7. Take a hot shower
A 20-minute hot bath daily will aid in removing toxins. You could also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhale the steam to purify your lungs naturally. The expectorant compound found in eucalyptus helps in soothing sore throat, congestion and sinus problems.
8. Mental Health
While you are doing a body detox, also do a little mind detox. De-clutter the mind with 15 minutes of meditation daily. If you are not familiar with meditation try deep breathing.
9. Drink more
Drink at least 3 litres of fluids every day. This will support kidney detoxification and help to move the lymph. You can also drink herbal detox teas, fresh vegetables juice and filtered water.
Sources: Inditatimes and Times of India