Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other severe lung conditions. Cigarette smoke contains irritants that cause inflammation in your lungs that can eventually become progressive.
At this point, the inflammation has developed into COPD, which is an incurable disease that causes shortness of breath to increase and can ultimately lead to respiratory failure or heart disease.
People who smoke should quit now to greatly reduce their chances of developing COPD. If you do smoke or have smoked in the past, you should also have your lungs screened to make sure you do not have any signs or risks of the disease.
Detoxifying nicotine and smoke from your lungs
If you have recently quit smoking, have COPD or are simply looking to clear out any toxins from your lungs to improve your ability to breathe, you may benefit from a lung detoxification. You can detoxify your lungs with the following foods:
- Turmeric — The curcumin in turmeric has been shown to help reduce inflammation in your airways.
- Ginger — Ginger is an anti-inflammatory spice that has properties that help remove toxins from your lungs. Plus, it’s loaded with other vitamins and minerals that your lungs can use to boost their performance.
- Green Tea — Green tea is packed with antioxidants that can help protect your body against cancerous cells and eliminate toxins in your lungs.
- Garlic — Garlic has properties that act similarly to antibiotics that can help fight inflammation, congestion and other problems that affect your lungs.
- Apples — Apples are full of vitamins that your lungs can use to perform better, especially vitamin C.
It’s important that you are committed to quitting smoking for this detox to be effective. One cigarette can mess up the entire process and continue to put your lungs in harm’s way.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
Whether you have been living with COPD for years or have recently been diagnosed, you can improve your lung health with certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator about our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²)™ and how it can help people with COPD Breathe Easier™.