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2 Foods That May Offer Former Smokers Better Lung Health

11 Jan 2018
| Under COPD, Diet and Nutrition, Lifestyle, Tips | Posted by | 12 Comments
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Most of us already know that smoking isn’t good for our health as it raises our risk of lung cancer. In fact, the risk can be as much as 30 times higher than that of a non-smoker.

However, this habit is even more dangerous for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often called COPD for short. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking alone is responsible for as many as four out of every five COPD-related deaths.

For this reason, giving up cigarettes is not only the first step to greater lung health with this particular condition, it’s also necessary for life in general. But there is something else you can do after you quit that can help as well. Something that doesn’t really take much willpower at all, and it involves the foods you eat.

Lung Health, Diet, and COPD

A study was recently conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and its results were published in the December 2017 edition of the European Respiratory Journal.

After looking at more than 650 adults from Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom over a 10-year period, researchers discovered that the people who ate higher portions of two specific foods tended to have slower lung decline than those who didn’t.

What were those two foods? Tomatoes and fruit, specifically apples.

Researchers believe that it is the nutrients in these particular food sources that help improve the lung function of ex-smokers. Benefits were also seen in the lungs of those who had never smoked at all.

Incorporating These into Your Menu

For tomatoes, the benefits appeared more so after at least two of these vegetables were consumed daily. When it came to fruit, the positive effects appeared more drastically with a minimum of three portions per day.

It’s also important to note that the benefits were only seen when these two food items were consumed in their natural state. In other words, when they were baked into dishes or somehow processed, the protective effect just wasn’t there.

Therefore, to incorporate these two items into your menu, look for ways to add them to your diet in their just-picked state. For instance, you could chop up a tomato and top your salad with it or dice it up and make some homemade salsa.

For the apples, they are also great diced up in salads, maybe with some heart healthy nuts and chicken or salmon. Or, you can slice them up, sprinkle them with a little cinnamon and you have a tasty late-night treat.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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12 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Greg:

    Thank you for the comment and it is exciting to hear your story of how you are battling emphysema head-on with diet and exercise.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Greg Brown

    3 months ago

    I sTopped smoking ten years ago. I work out on an elliptical 25 minutes a day. This helps me breathe better and deeper. I have emphysema. I waTch my weight and try to staY healthy. My first exAcerbation was 5 years ago and i haven’t had one since. I am 66 years old and hope to live long.

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Connie:

    Thank you for your comment. We try and provide information that may help people deal with their lung disease in the best way possible by providing traditional, alternative and natural remedies.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Jackie:

    We have to admit that stumped us too, so we went to Google to see what it might offer. Here is what we found.

    The Daniel Fast is a method of fasting used by hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout the world. The fast is based on the fasting experiences of the prophet Daniel along with standard Jewish fasting principles. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, meaning that some foods are eaten and others are restricted. The fast is typically followed for 21 consecutive days and is like a vegan eating plan with more restrictions and the only beverage on the fast is water.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Jackie

    3 months ago

    What is a daniel Faster?

  6. Connie ford

    3 months ago

    This is a pus for me. I love tomatoes and apples and will definately add them to my daily diet…I am saving for Stem cell treatment, its going to be a whle…i also would offer to be a volunteer for cell trearpy..i quit smoking 11years ago.

  7. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Maryann:

    Thank you for your comment and question. Unfortunately, we are not looking for any volunteers at this time. You may want to contact one of our patient coordinators to see if they have any recommendations or know of any clinical trials.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Henry:

    Thank you for your comment. Yes, substituting applesauce instead of apples will work, though anything diluted from the original source won’t be quite as effective. We understand that not everyone can eat food products in their original form and are very glad when they are willing to try a substitute.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Maryann

    3 months ago

    If You need someone to use because i cant afford stem sell im a 55 y f stopped smoking 10 years ago but my lungs are getting worse i take everything do everything i can. I was going to lUng volume reduction years ago but but thought i wouldnt make it I would try anything For healthy life . I will volunteer !

  10. Henry Kwant

    3 months ago

    Would applesauce Instead of apples work the same way for One of the 2 foods suggested to eat?

  11. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Faith:

    Thank you for your comments. We try to provide as much information as we can to help people handle their lung disease. We want someone to explore as many options as possible to attempt to have a healthy lifestyle and hope it may help in their battle with lung disease.

    We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Faith

    3 months ago

    I was very blessed I quit smoking cold turkey 10 years ago I feel great but now I have the residuals of my foolishness was smoking I’m there and I love apples and tomatoes so this will be another Plus in my diet I am a Daniel faster that means that are fast the Daniel Foods and can see it increasing my stamina and breathing out so exercise everyday so again lung Institute thank you so very much for your research in your help I’m sure others on Facebook will be equally as happy once again God bless YOU

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