Keeping your lungs healthy may require more than just deep breathing exercises. As with any other bodily function, good nutrition is an absolute must. As your respiratory therapist will often tell you, you should develop good eating habits with foods which are known to be nutritious for your lungs. Having studied at a school found on bestrespiratorytherapyprograms.com, your therapist knows that your lungs bring lifegiving oxygen to every cell in your body. Deep breathing exercises are important, but so too is giving your lungs the nutrients needed for optimal health. The following six foods have what it takes to give your lungs those vital nutrients.
Much has been said about fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as a brain food. However, like your brain, the lungs are another organ in your body highly dependent on certain vitamins and minerals. The Omega-3 fatty acids have super-powerful antioxidant properties and have been linked in study after study with lung health, as well as in heart and brain health. In fact, every organ in your body benefits from fish high in fatty acids!
As the old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Oddly, even in the days before modern technology civilizations around the world understood the nutritious benefits of apples, even though they didn’t have the science to corroborate this knowledge. Apples are one of the fruits which are high in Vitamins C and E, as well as in beta-carotene, another potent antioxidant.
Any colorful fruit or vegetable is bound to be high in antioxidants and so that bright orange coloring means that carrots are one of the highest sources of beta-carotene found in vegetables. Eaten raw, steamed or juiced, carrots are an amazing source of antioxidants proven to be heart and lung healthy. According to Medical News Today, studies on beta-carotene indicate that this antioxidant can improve lung health in older Americans.
If you don’t have any veggies or fish planned in the day’s menu, a handful of walnuts will suffice quite nicely. Also extremely high in the Omega-3s, walnuts are said to help fight respiratory conditions such as COPD and asthma. Walnuts are actually the only nut with high levels of alpha-linolenic acid, which is the good Omega-3 for reduction of cholesterol in heart health, and as an anti-inflammatory for lung health.
This is where it gets a bit techie for most of us. Broccoli is good for your lungs if you suffer from COPD because it has characteristics which are NRF-w dependent. That really doesn’t tell you much unless you understand what NRF-2 is and how it impacts lung health, but suffice it to say that much has been published on the subject. Just don’t kill the nutrients by overcooking it!
Along with turkey and chicken, any small poultry birds are going to have major benefits to your lungs. The key source of all that goodness is high amounts of vitamin A, which is said to be better absorbed by the body from animal sources compared to vegetable sources.
So, here you have six power foods that can help you maintain healthier lungs. Your respiratory therapist can help you with breathing exercises and treatments but will almost assuredly advise you to eat foods which are organ-friendly, with a focus on your lungs.