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Let’s look at what you SHOULD eat this time.
How food affects our lungs
Today, most people are familiar with basic lifestyle rules that keep their lungs healthy. Those include deep breathing, exercising, staying away from pollution, not smoking, and so on. Yet, many tend to experience certain acute or chronic lung disorders throughout their life no matter how healthy their lifestyles appeared to be. This happens very often as many of us aren’t aware just how much the food we eat affects our lungs. In fact, according to The American Lung Association.
“Most people are surprised to learn that the food they eat may affect their breathing.”
Healthy nutrients we get from food are essential for the proper functioning of all of our organs, therefore lungs are no excuse. Even though the food we consume daily doesn’t directly feed our lungs, it affects them indirectly through cardiovascular system and by providing antioxidant protection. As with any other organ in our body, our lungs health will suffer from unhealthy, fat and sugary foods, while fresh and natural foods will provide numerous benefits.
Best food choices to keep our lungs healthy
The rule “The more natural, the better”, goes without saying when it comes to our overall health, yet studies have shown that certain foods have higher positive impact on our lungs than others. Make sure, as always, to keep a balanced diet in order to get the most out of as many nutrients as possible.
Rich in fiber, antioxidants and flavonoids, apples have been considered among the healthiest fruit as they provide benefits to many bodily processes. A study conducted among around 2,000 Welshmen from 1979-1983 shows that apples have positive effect on lung function, more so than any other foods containing vitamins C, E and beta-carotene. The results showed that men who ate five or more apples a week, had 138ml higher lung function than non-consumers when measured for FEV1 – forced expiratory volume in one second. Giving the results of this and various similar studies, it seems that an apple a day really keeps the doctor away, as the old saying goes.
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which makes it a great choice for keeping our heart, brain and skin healthy. However, most people aren’t familiar with benefits fish has on our lungs. A 1994 study analyzed the relation between dietary fish intake and pulmonary function on the sample of 2,526 adults. FEV1 was significantly higher with adults whose regular diets include fish as opposed to those who rarely consumed fish. The researches link positive effect of fish on pulmonary function to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which, found in marine fish, helps in regulating levels of arachidonic acid in lungs, therefore, protecting the lungs from asthma and other pulmonary diseases.
3. Red bell peppers, carrots and tangerines
Foods rich in beta-cryptoxanthin such as red bell peppers, carrots and tangerines are extremely beneficial in making our lungs healthy. According to a study in Shanghai, China, that lasted for 5 years and studied 63,257 Chinese men and women “about 15-40% reduction in risk of lung cancer was seen for subjects in the highest versus lowest 10th percentile of dietary beta-cryptoxanthin”.
Besides its many widely known benefits to our health such as its positive impact to our gastrointestinal tract, ginger is also effective in keeping our lungs healthy. In a study by the Columbia University researchers, ginger compounds 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol and 6-shogaol have been tested for their efficiency in aiding asthma medications to relax the airway smooth muscle (ASM) tissues. The results showed significant relief of asthma symptoms due to combining ginger compounds with beta agonist.