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4 Simple Steps for Clearing the Lungs Naturally

4 Simple Steps for Clearing the Lungs Naturally

Phlegm isn’t pretty. Here are a few natural tips on clearing the lungs naturally, so you can start breathing better.

Nobody likes phlegm, and as it is generally related to disease, it can be difficult for an individual to properly excrete it from the body. Whereas mucus in the body is normal and generally helpful for the body (think mucus in your nostrils to keep them from drying), phlegm is secreted specifically as a result of disease and inflammation. For those who live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), excessive phlegm can be a common occurrence (particularly in cold weather climates and the winter season). In order for those with lung disease in these conditions to breathe unobstructed, it’s critical to expel this phlegm from the body as often and as completely as possible. However, despite alternative treatment options to reduce these symptoms, the expulsion of phlegm can be difficult for those who already suffer from respiratory fatigue and fits of abrasive coughing. In relieving this build-up of phlegm, it’s important to utilize the benefits from naturally derived treatments.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to bring you 4 Simple Steps for Clearing the Lungs Naturally in order to help ease your breathing in these long winter months.

4. Eat the Right Foods for Clearing the Lungs Naturally 

Perhaps the best part of clearing the lungs naturally with food is the personal care you can give yourself in relieving your symptoms. Using handy ingredients that are both inexpensive and can be found around the house, it’s possible to break-up your phlegm while also soothing your throat. Try making a nice lemon tea by adding a few teaspoons of lemon juice to a cup of warm water. The acidity present in the lemon juice will help break up the phlegm. To help soothe a scratchy throat, fortunately, there is no better (and sweeter) ingredient than simple honey.

A few other natural ingredients to try when breaking up phlegm and killing bacteria are:

  • Cayenne Pepper (which can be added to soup)
  • Turmeric (which can be added to a warm glass of water)
  • Ginger (which can be boiled in water, strained and made into a tea)

Additionally, an added natural remedy for clearing phlegm within the lungs is simply adding salt to warm water and gargling for 30 seconds before spitting. This will help loosen any latent phlegm and soothe an irritated throat.

3. Quit Smoking 

As we’ve mentioned before, smoking is incredibly harmful to one’s health and quality of life. Although smoking actively shaves off time from one’s lifespan by introducing negative chemicals into the lungs and bloodstream, it can also serve to produce a significant amount of phlegm as the body’s immune response begins to cause inflammation within the lining of the lungs’ alveolar walls. To reduce your phlegm levels as well as to extend your lifespan and increase your quality of life, give up smoking for a day and take note of the effects that you feel. Your breathing should be easier, there should be less phlegm and you should have a bit more energy for the day ahead.

 2. Take a Hot Shower

Although taking a shower can be a difficult task for those with chronic lung disease, a quick and hot shower can be especially beneficial for those with excessive phlegm build-up. When taking a shower, however, be sure to turn the exhaust fan on in order to prevent an over-abundance of steam as this may prove to be more suffocating than beneficial. In general, the steam from a hot shower will cause phlegm to naturally loosen and can help in the expulsion process. This can help you with clearing your lungs naturally.

1. Hum a Little Tune, and Sing Your Favorite Song 

It’s the holiday season and with Christmas in the air, why not sing a little tune. Surprisingly, humming can have beneficial effects on loosening up phlegm and making it easier to spit out. As this can be done anywhere, we recommend putting on your favorite Christmas song and humming the melody until your phlegm has been properly loosened and is ready to spit. Our personal favorite would be “Christmas Time is Here” from Charlie Brown by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Moving Forward…

4 Simple Steps for Clearing the Lungs Naturally

It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research, and the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. It may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may affect disease progression and may improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

Interested in our article on 4 Simple Steps for Clearing the Lungs Naturally? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. Matt

    6 months ago

    Hello Tania,
    Thank you for your question. We do treat chronic bronchitis with stem cell therapy. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our patient coordinators can go over your situation in greater detail. Thanks again and have a great day.

  2. Tania

    6 months ago

    suffering from chronic bronchitis. can u help me

  3. M R

    7 months ago

    Hello Raymond,
    Thank you for your comment. If you are interested in learning more about stem cell therapy and the Lung Institute, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can go over all your questions with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. raymond d johnson

    7 months ago

    i am having trouble at night trying to sleep my breathing wants to stop or become so shollow that it keeps me on guard to try and fall a sleep i can’t get sound sleep and it makes me sluggest and tired the nest day. im oing to try some of the ideas you have presented and see if they help. im steal intrested in the stem cell information.

  5. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Ray,

    Thanks for your comment, and we’re glad to hear that you found this information helpful. Keep checking-in with our blog to read articles on a variety of topics to help people with chronic lung diseases breathe easier. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Ray Moritz

    7 months ago

    Thank you for such an informative post.

  7. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Tom,

    Feel free to print a copy of this article, email the link to the article to yourself and share it with your friends on Facebook. Keep checking-in with our blog to read articles on a variety of topics to help people with lung disease breathe easier. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Tom Winks

    8 months ago

    I would like a copy of this article.

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