But before we begin, we first need to figure out if it’s possible to detox your lungs.
Can You Detox Your Lungs?
To give a brief answer: According to the American Lung Association, yes, of course you can. But you have to be careful about the information that you choose to go by when referring to this topic.
A quick Google search reveals that there are so many so-called lung cleanse products available for sale today. As you can see, there is no shortage of vitamins, pills, teas, and oils on the market these days. Manufacturers of these products promise fast and effective results.
However, the big problem is that sometimes these types of detox products can pose a serious risk to your health. Not to mention, there is no guarantee that these products work at all. It’s also worth noting that the vast majority of these lung detox products are not FDA approved.
With that said, we have compiled a list of lung cleanse tea brands that are safe for consumption, so check it out if you’re interested.
You should aim to use natural remedies for cleansing and detoxing your lungs.
Actually, there are many things you can do to keep your lungs healthy naturally. And the good news is, we’re going to share some of those natural remedies with you in this article. So if you’re ready, let’s dive in.
There is no better way to remove toxins from the lungs than to stop smoking. There has been a lot of talk about the effects of smoking on your lungs. It’s important to know that cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals.
If you smoke regularly, your lungs will be changed dramatically over time. They can decrease in size and develop a black pigmentation. It’s also important to note that smoking irritates the lungs and causes inflammation of lung tissue.
That’s why smokers often suffer from asthma, chest pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colds, coughing, emphysema, pneumonia, shortness of breath and many other health-related problems. Smokers also find it more difficult to perform day to day activities such as walking, going upstairs, etc.
Not to mention, smoking also contributes to the aging process in the lungs. Many medical studies have found that there is a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
It goes without saying that you need to do everything possible to prevent these kinds of things from happening. And that is why quitting smoking altogether is an effective way to detox your lungs.
No matter how long you have been smoking, you should do your best to break this bad habit. By doing so, your lungs will be able to take more oxygen to circulate throughout the rest of your body, leaving your feeling healthy and cleansed.
According to the data provided by the American Lung Association, quitting smoking makes it possible to improve the lung function by 30%. It will take only a few weeks to see improvements in your lung health so the sooner you quit smoking, the better.
Regular Exercise and Physical Activity
Regular exercise and physical activity is another great way to detox and cleanse your lungs. The average person should aim to exercise for 30 minutes per day, 3–5 days per week.
Exercising regularly can improve your respiratory muscles dramatically. This will help you be able to breathe deeper and more efficiently which can cleanse and purify your lungs.
Not only is physical exercise recommended, breathing exercises are good for your lungs as well. We’ll talk more about that is just a bit.
For now, just know that if you exercise regularly then you will be able to strengthen your diaphragm, push toxins out of the lungs, increase your lung capacity and improve your lung function significantly over time. What more could a person that is looking to detox their lungs ask for?
Adjust Your Diet
It’s crucial to eat healthy in order to detox your lungs naturally. Make sure that your diet includes foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients because they are essential for healthy lung functioning. Also, strive to avoid sugars and heavily processed food.
It goes without saying but fruits and vegetables should be a key part of your diet. It’s a good idea to add garlic, onions, apples, oranges, and grapefruits to the diet if possible.
Other foods for healthy lungs include:
- Fatty fish
- Olive oil
- Whole grains
Above all, you should drink enough water and keep your body hydrated on a regular basis. Water helps to speed up the lungs healing process — especially for someone who was a smoker.
Water flushes toxins out of the body and cleanses the lungs in a natural way. Plus, your body needs fluid in the blood so that it can flow in and out of the lungs for oxygenation.
It’s recommended to drink up to 6 – 8 glasses of water every single day.
So now that we’ve established that plenty of water and a healthy diet can help cleanse your lungs, now let’s focus our attention on the air we breathe.
Monitor the Quality of Outdoor Air
A major factor in the health of your lungs depends on the quality of air that you breathe. If you’ve been inhaling unclean air for a period of time, it most likely means that it’s time for you to detox your lungs.
Industrial factories, as well as everyday activities like driving a car, can have a negative impact on the local air quality. So if you live near or work in a factory, the quality of the air that you’re breathing could potentially be detrimental to the health of your lungs.
Things like dust, chemicals, and pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide are very dangerous for your lungs as well.
This is why it’s so important to monitor the quality of air that you’re breathing. I know sometimes this can be out of your control. But when it comes to protecting your lungs and overall health, it may be worth it to change jobs or relocate to a rural city with cleaner air.
If you’re unsure about the quality of the air in your location, you can check the Air Quality Index (AQI) tool. It’s an online tool where you can enter your location and it will tell you how clean the air is in that area. Like I said before, the overall health of your lungs is very important in regards to the quality of your life.
So if the air quality is unhealthy where you live, it may be worth at least considering moving to a new location.
Avoid Second-Hand Smoke
We already mentioned that if you want to detox your lungs, you absolutely must quit smoking. With that being said, even if you do not smoke, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are safe. That is because, you still may be exposed to second-hand smoke which has been proven to be just as detrimental to your lungs.
Second-hand smoke can pose serious health risks due to the fact that it contains such toxic chemicals such as benzene, chromium, carbon monoxide, ammonia, polonium, formaldehyde, and cyanide. Even if you’re not a smoker, second-hand smoke also increases the chances of lung cancer.
So, in order to keep your lungs healthy, you should avoid second-hand smoke at all costs.
We already talked about how exercise and physical activity can help strengthen and detox your lungs. Now, let’s discuss how beneficial breathing exercises can be as well.
Breathing is a natural process of life. It’s how all the cells in your body get enough oxygen. And of course, oxygen is incredibly important for the proper functioning of the organs in the body. The more oxygen the body gets, the better.
The diaphragm also plays a very important role in the human body’s respiratory system. The diaphragm contracts up and down as we breathe. It’s important to know that diaphragm naturally starts to work less efficiently as we age. And that is why it’s important to do breathing exercises regularly in order to keep the diaphragm strong and healthy.
Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as “belly breathing,” is an effective technique that can be used to strengthen the diaphragm and increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of the lungs.
This technique is performed by taking a deep breath in, almost as if you were attempting to breathe all the way in your stomach. As the inhalation occurs, you will feel the diaphragm contract. Then you can exhale slowly through pursed lips.
This creates back-pressure in the alveoli which is great for improved lung compliance and detoxifying your lungs.
How to Clean Your Lungs
If you’re wondering how to clean your lungs, just know that this term can be used interchangeably with the word “cleanse.”
So as we’ve discussed throughout this entire article, you can detox and clean your lungs by quitting smoking, exercising, eating healthy, performing breathing exercises, and consuming some of the best lung cleanse teas products.
As always, be sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplements.
So there you have it! Not only do you now know how to detox your lungs — you know how to do it the right way.
Sure, there may be some products and supplements that can help. But for the most part, the best way to improve the health of your lungs can occur naturally by implementing the things we discussed above in this article.
Thank you for much for reading and as always, breathe easy my friend.
John Landry, BS, RRT
John Landry is a registered respiratory therapist from Memphis, TN, and has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He enjoys using evidence-based research to help others breathe easier and live a healthier life.
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