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Healthy Foods That Help Your Respiratory System

The lungs play an integral role in your overall health, absorbing oxygen from the environment and transferring it to the bloodstream. This fundamental process determines how well you are able to function in your everyday life.

 

Proper respiration, or the exchange of gas, affects the body’s pH balance, your speech pattern, blood circulation, immune system, your metabolism, and mobility. Nourishing you lungs with a proper diet can have some beneficial results especially if you suffer from lung and respiratory problems.

 

Given the importance of their function, it is our responsibility to care for the lungs properly. That means not inhaling any smoke or consuming any foods that are acid or mucus forming. Avoiding air pollutants, both indoors and outdoors, is also a great way to improve the health of the lungs. The best way to nourish the lungs and simultaneously protect them from airbone toxins is by consuming the right foods. In this article you’ll find some of the healthiest foods that have been proven to help you breathe better and improve your oxygen intake.

 

Water:

It’s referred to as the elixir of life for a reason. Water, in its most natural and purest form, cleans, nourishes, and hydrates the body. The lungs also serve as a filtration system, absorbing oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. Because of this, you must drink water throughout the day to clean and hydrate the lungs. Since toxins can cause your respiratory system to function improperly, it is essential obtain extra oxygen from water to keep them clean and healthy.

 

Ginger:

This well-known anti-inflammatory food can help eliminate toxins and pollutants in the lungs. The inherent health properties help to establish a clean and alkaline environment in the lungs, assisting with mucus and acid reduction to help you breathe better.

 

Turmeric:

A close cousin to ginger, turmeric is a root vegetable that has quite a few health benefits, from aiding in digestion to serving as a potent anti-inflammatory food. The active compound in turmeric is curcumin, which has been scientifically proven to cause death to cancer cells. This will help the body fight any long lasting lung-related illnesses.

 

Apples:

Packed with vitamins C and E, this popular fruit has been known to help the lungs and respiratory system function better. Research conducted by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has indicated that apples have a way of improving the lungs of former smokers. The high level of quercetin, an antioxidant and flavonoid, helps protect the lungs from harmful toxins and pollutants that are inhaled from the atmosphere. Eating just a few apples a week can positively affect the lungs and body overall.

 

Oranges:

This vitamin C and B6-rich citrus helps the lungs transfer oxygen to the blood and throughout the body. The cleansing properties of orange also protect the lining of the lungs and bronchial tubes from harmful toxins and pollutants. Oranges can be a former smokers go to fruit since it helps to heal the lungs after they’ve been damaged from smoke inhalation.

 

Grapefruit: 

This fruit is a must have for anyone who is looking to cleanse their lungs, especially after smoking for a long period of time. It has a high amount of lycopene and narigin, both of which help detox the body of unhealthy cancer-causing enzymes. Three tall glasses of freshly squeezed grape fruit juice per day can put you on the right path to healthier lungs and better breathing as a result.

 

Carrots:

Packed with vitamins A & C and lycopene, carrots have all the antioxidants that are necessary or optimal lung health. Carrots are also known for reducing a person’s risk of respiratory related diseases. Be like Bugs Bunny and start chomping on those carrots.

  

Nuts and Seeds:

Nuts and seeds are naturally rich in protein and magnesium, which is a much-needed mineral that helps keep the lungs healthy. Magnesium has been known to help fight asthma symptoms. Nuts and seeds are also packed with healthy fatty acids that contribute to optimal cardiovascular function.

 

Cruciferous Vegetables:

Vegetables such as cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli are some of the most chlorophyll-rich foods, and chlorophyll is essential for healthy cells and respiratory function. The natural compounds in these cruciferous vegetables help reduce the risk of lung cancer for those who were long time smokers.

  

Garlic and Onions:

If you can withstand the pungent smell and involuntary tears, these two vegetables make excellent additions to the list of foods that improve the respiratory system. Not only do they help reduce inflammation but they also help fight against bacteria, infections, and bad cholesterol. They are great cleansers for detoxing the lungs and respiratory system.

 

Sources:  

https://sunwarrior.com/blogs/health-hub/foods-for-lung-health

https://www.thehealthy.com/respiratory/healthy-lungs-foods/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305190.php#the-alveoli

2020-02-17T10:23:00-07:00

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    Q: I suffer from intermittent episodes of Dry Coughing upon laying down at bedtime as well as mucus build up which lasts for a while until I expel the mucus from my throat and lungs. In the morning, upon awakening I have the mucous build up which is provoked by the ingestion of foods and liquids. Would you recommend that I use your " Lungs & Respiratory Formula" for Bronchitis Remedy?

    A:

    I would highly recommend that you use our Respiratory kit and regimen followed by a daily regimen of our Lungs Formula and Mucus Buster formula. You can be healed!

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    Q: If fiberglass gets into the lungs, is it possible remove, or clean from respiratory system? If possible, so which formula is best?

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    I would suggest the Full Body Detox, and the Lungs and Respiratory Formula.

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    Q: My daughter is 24 yrs old and has CP. She has been coughing off and on for 2 yrs. Claritin, ranitidine & flonaise have not worked. Will the LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY FORMULA help her?

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    I GREATLY SUGGEST THE RESPIRATORY CLEANSE & REGIMEN! NOT THE FORMULA, BUT THE 3-WEEK CLEANSE.

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    Q: I have sarcoidosis that is contained in the lungs since I was 16 and am now 44. I am starting to feel the effects more and more and am now I’m on oxygen part time through the day and always at night. I have inflammation in the lungs that the doctor is treating with prednisone and plaquinel so it doesn't turn to scar tissue. My question is do you have something better and is there a cure and a reversal for the scar tissue that is already there ?

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    Please read our article on â€SARCOIDOSIS†in our articles section for natural remedies.

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    Q: I have scare tissue on my lungs, while the doctors doesn’t know anything to do for me except give me cough syrup with codeine, Immurane, and oxygen. I have never smoked and they don't know how my lungs got scared. So please can you help me so I can breath easy again.

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    There are many reasons the lungs can get scarred including excess acidity from MUCUS buildup due to poor diet. I highly recommend that you begin with the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and follow this kit up with the LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, and RESPIRATORY INSPIRANT. Keep your head up! You can heal!

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    Q: I would like to perform the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN on my respiratory system from sinus membranes down through the Lungs. Then I would like to perform the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN cleanse the body of any virus or diseases I may have, then the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE on my reproductive system. Would I have to use separate cleanses kits, or could you prescribe a kit that would take everything into account. I would like for my wife to do everything the same.

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    Unfortunately, you'll have to perform separate cleanses. The RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, and the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE

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    Q: I'm sitting with a woman who has lung congestion. She thinks she has bronchitis. I told her to detox first. Any suggestions??? Will your "Formula #4" be enough for her?

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    Have her perform the 20 day Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen to assist her body in expelling the build-up in her lungs.

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    Q: I am challenged with sarcadosis. I have it in my lungs but it is stable, now it has spread to my brain. What can I use to heal this disease?

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    PLEASE READ OUR ARTICLE ON â€SARCOIDOSIS†UNDER "ARTICLES" ON OUR SITE. YOUR ANSWER AND SOLUTION LIES HERE.

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    Q: my lungs are very sick i have been through h1n1 i have been taken too much antibiotic and doesn t help me any more. i want to buy chakra elixirs as many parts of my body are affected, grounding with earth affected, adrenal glands, hiperplasy suprarenal. I am afraid I have a tumour in bronchies or TB. i lost my thyroid due to numerous infections in the lungs. also i need protection very strong as the woman who took my husband is working on me incantations and heavy work with professional muslims from algeria and egypt. I found all what she is doing on me so part of my sickness if not all is coming from this woman. my husband is also gone in his mind as she is using staff in his food, drink, bed...my question is i want to buy chakra elixirs for all chakras how i will take them gradually started with one or all of them every day. i also want to give to my mother who is 81 and has some problems with heart, kidneys and cortex. can i use these products on her she is 81 years old. are there any risks involved? what else you suggest for the mucus in my lungs is from these viruses throwen in canada and USA by pharmaceutical companies. any suggestion what can I do with my husband to bring him to normal?

    A: You can use multiple Elixirs at the same time. Just be sure to allow time in between taking each one. We suggest meditating with the use of the elixirs, focusing on clearing one emotion at a time.  If you're looking to cleanse your aura and protect yourself emotionally we would recommend looking into the Chakras and Aura Sprays we have available. We would recommend doing the Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen to help improve the health of your lungs.  This regimen includes a Mucus Formula that helps combat mucus in the body.  You can also add the Anti-Viral Formula to your regimen to help your lungs if it has been affected by a virus.  All of our products are 100% all natural plant life herbs. We do not use any kind of unnatural ingredients including animal products, gluten, GMO, binders or fillers.  We offer products that are safe for elderly, children and adults.  Adjusting her diet would be the best thing to help remedy her conditions.  We suggest giving her the Full Body Cleanse to detox and replenish the health of all the major organs including the heart and kidney's.  Suggesting the Clearing Emotions Elixir to your husband could help clarify any lingering emotions he may have.   We recommend reading our article - Respiratory Health https://www.dherbs.com/articles/wellness-prevention/respiratory-health/ Product Links: Full Body Cleanse - http://dherbs.com/store/full-body-cleanse-p-1.html Respiratory Cleanse and Regimen - http://www.dherbs.com/store/respiratory-cleanse-and-regimen-p-204.html Mucus Formula - http://www.dherbs.com/store/mucus-Formula-formula-p-50.html Lungs & Respiratory Formula - http://www.dherbs.com/store/lungs-respiratory-formula-p-45.html Anti-Viral Formula - http://www.dherbs.com/store/antiviral-formula-p-6.html Chakra Elixirs #1-7 - https://www.dherbs.com/store/chakra-elixirs-c-6.html Aura Sprays - https://www.dherbs.com/store/aura-sprays-c-48.html

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    Q: I had posed a question before about the lungs and abstentions and was wondering if you had a chance to review it as yet?

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    For any and all lungs problems, I recommend our FULL BODY DETOX and RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Read our article â€RESPIRATORY HEALTHâ€.

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    Q: WHAT HERB IS USED TO DISSOLVE FLUID IN THE LUNGS?

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    We recommend doing the Full Body Cleanse first to help rid the body of the reason fluid is built up followed by the Respiratory Cleanse And Regimen. The full body cleanse can help eliminate the actual cause of fluid, the respiratory cleanse and regimen will help assist with eliminating the fluid itself.

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    Q: I have a friend who has been said to have cancer. First diagnosed in the breast, now in the lungs back and bones. I told her about the full body cleanse and the dietary regimen. I was wondering if this is something that you think would benefit her at this stage. If so what other things do you think she could look into?

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    The Full Body Cleanse is best! This cleanse can detoxify the body and help remove the toxicity that your friend's body is suffering from.

    She should drink 2-4 cups of the Full Body Cleanse Tea too to give her body an extra boost!

    After detoxing, I would have her take 5 capsules of Electric Greens every 2-3 hours every day in addition to drinking raw vegetable juice every day. This can further help eliminate toxicity in her body once she completes the cleanse.

    She should avoid eating any cooked foods, just raw foods!

    She should bathe daily in moderately hot water, sea salt and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. More tips and pointers can be found in the Full Body Detox Companion (available on-line).

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    Q: I have been a hairstylist for ten years. Exposing myself to a lot of chemicals and smoke from curling irons. What can I take to protect my lungs and body from these things?

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    I WOULD SUGGEST YOU PERFORM THE RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN AND/OR FULL BODY DETOX TO HELP CLEANSE YOUR BODY OF IMPURITIES.

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    Q: This past May my sister started to have really bad asthma attacks and allergic relations to scents, dust etc, and a horrible cough. She was told by her doctor that she had asthma and was put on asthma medication, inhalers, etc. the symptoms got worse, she couldn't sleep because she was up all night coughing, the claritin didn't work, etc. She had been complaining the past week of feeling bloated, her ankles being swollen, not being able to breath when she layed down, etc. She couldn't even walk from desk to desk at work. On the way home last week she went into the Emergency room and was admitted and stayed 4 days. We soon found out that she had congenital heart failure and only 25% of her heart is pumping properly. She couldn't breath because of the water build up on her lungs and heart. The doctors said that the build up of antibodies in her system showed that she had contracted EB virus some years ago and it permanently damaged her heart. She is limited to only 64 ounces of water a day, takes water pills, blood pressure pills, and is not allowed to eat foods high in sodium. My question is, is there any herbs or vitamins that can be used to help her heart? I do not want her to get a pace maker or have a heart transplant. The medications that she is on now make her so weak and drowsy. I know the doctors said the heart damage is permanent, but I just need to know is there anything else that would help naturally?

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    The heart failure is only permanent if you guys (especially your sister) BELIEVE so! What is believed is achieved! It's nothing but medical BS if you ask me!

    To CURE her heart condition, I would suggest she:

    1. Perform the Full Body Detox (absent any pharmaceutical drugs, but it is your sister's choice to stay on them or get off of them)

    2. While on the FBD, drink 2-4 cups of Hawthorn Berry tea

    3. After the FBD, she needs to take CARDIOVASCULAR Formula (3 capsules 2 times daily), CIRCUL-AID formula (3 capsules once daily), and BOWEL MOVER (3 capsules before bed every night).

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    Q: I am 42 years old. My teeth are not the straightest, but they seem heathy an are white. The dentist recommended that I get braces or a visalign to straighten mainly the bottom teeth. He stated "As we age roots may get twisted and it could lead to problems." I have the 2 bottom canine, that are almost sideways. What would be your opinion be regarding correcting this based on possibilities?

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    Great question! I would be able to answer better if I could actually see your teeth. The alignment of our canines protect all our other teeth. They are critical. Two things for sure happen when the canines come in rotated. One, they do not function fully and therefore all your other teeth can get unusual forces placed on them. We call these forces interferences. Secondly the root of the canine can end up very close to the root of the lateral next to it. When this occurs, bacteria can travel down the side of the tooth, under the gum and increase the possibility that you get bone loss between the two teeth (canine and lateral). The bone is very thin between those roots when the canine is rotated. Also, more plaque accumulates because it is often difficult to clean between the canine and lateral.

    These are the reasons I would suggest moving forward with braces if what I am describing pertains to you. I hope this makes sense.

    Thanks, DMO

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    Q: I was told by doctors that I have to go to surgery to replace severe valve leaking, eventually could damage lungs. Immediately when I left hospital I ordered the Full Body Detox, and started a juice diet, and almost raw fruits and vegetables. My question is, can this damage be reversed with a healthy lifestyle, and food? I am very anti doctors, and hospitals. I am not sure this can be reversed to avoid surgery. I know doctors, and hospitals they want insurance benefits. I will really appreciete your advice. Thank you so much, for all I had learn with you herbs, and advice really you changed my concept of living and my family as well.

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    I would suggest you perform the Full Body Detox and eat raw foods and drink vegetable juice. After the detox take Cardiovascular Formula, and Circul-aid Formula.

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    Q: I have white spots over 40 percent on my body and some very dry scaly dark spots on parts of my body. I read some place in one of your articles that with these specific herbs regardless of the skin disorder these herbs will help to reverse the disorder regardless of skin condition. Second I don’t have health insurance so I’m looking to you for help. Please help me. I don’t trust doctors. You go see a doctor for one issue and he prescribes a drug, next thing you know your back with five new problems and more drugs. So is there a combination of herbs for optimum health and well being? Something that will produce excellent health preventing any invader of any kind harming me. Protecting every important organ for optimum health and well being (i.e. colon, heart, lungs, liver). I just want to be 100 percent straight with excellent health

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    Detox (FULL BODY DETOX) and then perform the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE. these kits should reboot your system.

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

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    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I like to know what I can do to stop spitting a lot. I have done the FULL BODY DETOX. Now I am taking separate formulas for my heart, lungs, and thyroid. Please help me understand what to do. Thanks.

    A:

    This problem is psychological. Please consider scheduling a 1-hour consultation so as to get at the root of this ordeal.

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    Q: I just quit smoking this year, and I was wondering what herb would be best to take or drink as a tea to help heal and restore my lungs, heart, etc.?

    A:

    By all means, perform the 3-week RESPIRATORY KIT. After this kit, take 3 capsules daily of Lungs and RESPIRATORY Formula and Mucus Buster. Drink 1 cup of Detox Tea as well!