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Juicing for Healthy Lungs: 4 Recipes to Improve Your Respiratory Health

16 Aug 2017
| Under Diet and Nutrition, Recipes | Posted by | 4 Comments

An apple a day…

For those living with a chronic respiratory disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis (PF) , and interstitial lung disease (ILD), the symptoms can be hard to ignore. As these diseases cause a steady drop in quality of life for those affected by them—whether you’re on medication or not—any form of treatment, natural substance or breathing technique to relieve these symptoms can be a godsend in improving your day-to-day.

Although we’ve talked about the importance of diet here, here, and here, changing your diet overnight can be difficult for anyone. With that said, to ensure your body gets a healthy load of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to improve its blood flow (which delivers oxygen throughout the body) and your overall energy levels, a simple shortcut is juicing.

Juicing is just as it sounds, it’s the process of taking raw foods (fruits and vegetables) and grinding them to a pulp and separating the juices. Although the skin of these fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber, the juice alone is still packed fresh with crucial daily vitamins and nutrients.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide a guide for Juicing for Healthy Lungs: 4 Recipes to Improve Your Respiratory Health.

  1. Cherry Mango Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

When it comes to chronic lung disease, the importance of reducing inflammation cannot be stated high enough. As inflammation within the airways is a core condition of lung disease symptoms—particularly as it leads to the blocking of the lungs airways—reducing this inflammation (internal swelling) and lessening the restriction of the airways is key to better breathing.

With that said, carotenoids are chemical compounds found in mangos, carrots and plums, and are important for the healthy maintenance of mucus membranes in the lung tissue, helping to promote the healing and protection of lung cells.


  • 1 cup frozen sweet cherries
  • ½-3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • ¾ cup water


  1. Place the cherries and mangoes in two separate bowls and let them sit to thaw for about ten minutes.
  2. Blend the cherries first: place the cherries and a 1/2 cup water in the blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the other 1/4 cup water if it seems too thick. Pour into a glass.
  3. Rinse the blender pitcher and add the mango and the water. Blend on high until smooth. Add more water if needed. Pour into the glass on top of the cherry layer.
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. Ginger, Carrot, Turmeric and Grapefruit Juice

Although we’ve mentioned this before, the high anti-inflammatory properties of ginger cannot be ignored. On top of that, vitamin C (found in grapefruit and oranges) is a significant vitamin in the reduction of mucus and continues to serve as a powerful antioxidant (helps protect the body from harmful free radicals in the air).

Further still, vitamin C has been commonly linked with improving overall immunity and improving lung health.


  • 3 medium carrots
  • ½-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • ½-inch piece of fresh turmeric
  • ½ grapefruit, peeled


Juice and enjoy!

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  1. Anti-Inflammatory Juice

There’s a theme here with anti-inflammation because it’s important to relieving your symptoms. What’s also important is a little powerful antioxidant called quercetin found in apples, leafy greens, tomatoes, berries and broccoli. These compounds fight free radicals from damaging the body, reduce the effects of aging, and again, reduce inflammation.


  • 4 celery stalks
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • ½ green apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 knob ginger


Juice, stir, and consume immediately.

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  1. Martha’s Pineapple-Papaya Juice

On the topic of vitamins, there’s an important one we left out: B-Vitamins. This collective including folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 are important in their ability to improve cardiac function, which ultimately improves the heart’s ability to circulate blood throughout the body.

These vitamins found in fruits like oranges, papayas and cantaloupe are known for their ability to reduce incidences of asthma, and improve lung function and symptoms of allergies.


  • 5 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 medium papaya, peeled and seeded


Ingredients through a juice extractor into a measuring cup. Stir to combine before drinking.

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What to Do After the Drink? 

Although proper nutrition can certainly affect your quality of life and overall health significantly, when lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way that you may expect, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve quality of life.

For more information on stem cell therapy and what it could mean for your life moving forward, contact us today or call us at (800) 729-3065. Our patient coordinators will walk you through our available treatment options, talk through your current health and medical history and determine a qualifying treatment plan that works best for you.

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  1. Lung Institute

    2 months ago


    Thank you for your question. Quitting smoking is the greatest step anyone can take if they have COPD or any other lung disease. The reversal of bad effects is very quick. When you quit smoking, the inflammation in the airways goes down. So the lungs will get better in weeks to months. Breathing will get better. Exercise capacity will get better. Interestingly, people find they cough a little more right after they stop smoking, but that’s natural. That’s the lungs cleaning themselves out.

    But if you’ve been smoking a long time and have developed COPD [(or, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)], which includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema, the lungs never totally heal. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the airway. Some of that inflammation can be reversed. But if the inflammation has led to scarring of the walls of the airway, some of that cannot. Emphysema is a disease in which the walls of the fine air sacs of the lung — the place where the lung does its business of exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide — break down. So tiny little air sacs become bigger ones — and they’re less efficient in transporting oxygen. The lung can’t grow new walls for these air sacs. The lung loses tiny blood vessels and can’t grow new ones. So that’s permanent.

    We hope that helps. Yes, the lungs will improve, but right now, there is no cure for COPD. The Lung Institute is one of the only medical facilities that can slow the progression of the disease. Most doctors prescribe medications to help you manage symptoms.

    We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, 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.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Judi Booher

    2 months ago

    First question, if COPD is caused by smoking and the smoker quits, does cops get better? My husband used to cough a.lot.till he quit smoking, now he doesn’t cough at all, and he has plenty of exercise…can COPD heal?

  3. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Vincent: We are glad you enjoyed our article on Juicing for Healthy Lungs. We try and offer a wide array of articles to help people over lung diseases and help people live a quality life.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. vincent berardis

    5 months ago

    great juicers to try for better health

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