The lungs are organs that are directly exposed to the air on the outside world. They are actually in direct contact with the pollutants coming from the environment. Some of these pollutants can become trapped inside the lungs or they can be absorbed by the lungs. Some pollutants are very active that they can do damage to the lung tissues upon contact. The lung itself is also an active site for the removal of gaseous wastes inside our bodies. If the lungs, nostrils and/or the bronchial system are heavily coated with mucus, the ability of the lungs to remove waste gases is significantly reduced. This can cause buildup of waste and toxic gases in the blood stream and also hinder the absorption of oxygen from the atmosphere.
This exercise is very helpful in the detoxification of the lungs. When you breathe in and out, there is an increased blood flow and your body is stimulated. Deep breathing also helps in eliminating the poisons from the tissues and enhances the immune system.
Drink lots and lots of fluids in the form of fruit juices or water. Avoid mucus forming foods like dairy products (cheese and milk). Anti-mucus foods like onions, garlic, pepper and ginger should be included in the diet as well. Chlorophyll rich foods can enhance lung cleansing; examples are chlorella, spirulina and barley. Fruits which contain bioflavonoids are considered “lung friendly” examples are apricots, peaches and plums.
Antioxidants are very important for the lungs. Make sure you have adequate intake of Vitamins A, C and E plus selenium, cysteine and Coenzyme Q10. Ant-infectives like olive leaf extract, colloidal silver and garlic are good for bronchitis. Quercitin taken between meals has powerful anti-histamine effect on the body.
Benefits of Lung detoxification
Promotes respiratory system health
Minimize irritation to the respiratory system caused environmental pollutants.
Cleaner lungs and air passage
Improvement in oxygen assimilation.
Promote the expulsion of mucous
Fenugreek (seed) – it has anti-inflammatory properties which is useful for bronchitis and sore throat.
Hyssop (aerial) – it has anti-spasmodic actions that is useful for coughs and bronchitis.
Mullein (aerial) – it is used for toning the mucous membrane of the respiratory system. It also facilitates expectoration.
Thyme (aerial) Thyme – relaxes the bronchial tubes in people with asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. Thyme is also an expectorant and antimicrobial.
Horehound (aerial) – relaxes the muscles of the bronchus while promoting the production of mucus and facilitating expectoration.
Coltsfoot (aerial) – Useful in acute bronchitis, irritating coughs and whooping cough because it is an expectorant and anti-spasmodic.
Nettles (aerial) – relieves allergies like hay fever and asthma.
Sage (aerial) – an antiseptic which makes it an effective treatment for colds, sore throats and tonsillitis.
Long Pepper fruit – Helps to stimulate the lungs.
Lobelia – relaxes the lungs.
Extract of Turkey Tails Mushroom – Great for supporting the lungs and reducing phlegm.
Ginger root – Lung stimulant.
Sweet Violet Flower and Leaf – Provides additional support for the lungs.
Cordyceps – Helps stimulate the antioxidant of the body known as superoxide dismutase.