According to the American Lung Association, the average adult takes 20,000 breaths each day. If you have been diagnosed with lung disease, these breaths will be harder for you, so it is particularly important to eat healthy foods so that your body is nourished and has the energy to support your breathing. There are many foods that you can eat to support lung function, and we have compiled some recipes for you to try.
We understand that it can be difficult to eat and cook when you’re suffering from lung disease. Here are some recipes for lung detox that are easy to make and eat that promote healthy lung function:
Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon
Salmon is high in omega-3s. A study published in Chest reported that those who consumed omega-3s saw a significant drop in lung inflammation and improved results on the six-minute walking test.
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 fresh 6″ rosemary sprigs, about 1 tablespoon chopped
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of salmon, preferably Copper River Salmon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Peel and chop garlic and rosemary and set aside.
- Place salmon on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic. Place in the oven and roast for 12 minutes or until the salmon is flaky.
Lung Stimulating Smoothie
This tasty smoothie contains lemons and oranges which both reduce the production of free radicals in the body. They can help reduce phlegm making it easier for you to breathe. Pineapple reduces swelling, and pineapple juice has been known to help reduce coughing. Additionally, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelin which helps the lungs remove debris and detox naturally. Peppermintcontains menthol, which sooths and relaxes the respiratory tract. The lung stimulating smoothie can be consumed multiple times each day to help reduce symptoms. This recipe makes just over two cups.
- 1 cup fresh orange juice (2 large oranges)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 piece of ginger (peel removed) 2″ long up to 1″ thick
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple (can be fresh or frozen)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp peppermint oil (or 5 peppermint leaves)
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and serve immediately. You can also store half the smoothie in the fridge for a snack later.
Love Your Lungs Juice
Cilantro helps the body remove heavy metals, which have been linked to lung disease. Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A. Celery is full of organic sodium, which helps eliminate carbon dioxide from the body. Ginger helps remove air pollutants and other irritants from your lungs before they have time to irritate the lungs. It also reduces congestion and improves circulation.
- 1 pineapple center (contains the most bromelin)
- 3 celery stalks (the greener the better)
- 2 carrots
- Small handful of cilantro
- 1 inch ginger root (peeled)
Place the ingredients above in a juicer and serve! If you don’t have a juicer, you can put these items in a blender, then separate the juice and pulp using a strainer. Enjoy this throughout the day, once or twice. This juice is best absorbed on an empty stomach. This recipe is for 1 serving.
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