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11 Ways To Naturally Cleanse & Purify Your Lungs

It goes without saying that the lungs are a very important organ. Without them, you couldn’t breathe, and without breath, you cease to exist. They’re a part of the respiratory system, working with other organs and tissues to help you breathe, and every single cell in the body needs oxygen to live.

The lungs are what move oxygen into the bloodstream where it’s carried throughout the body when you inhale. When you exhale, the waste, in the form of carbon dioxide, is removed. But the lungs are tasked with a whole lot more than that, in fact, they make up a significant part of the immune system. Microbes and pollutants that can lead to infections are captured by mucus and moved upward by tiny cilia so that we can cough it out. Sneezing is yet another way lungs help us to get rid of infection or pollution, and often before the invaders are able to make it past the sinuses.

When the lungs aren’t functioning properly, your health suffers, which means you shouldn’t take them for granted. In order to maintain your good health, it’s a must to do everything you can to support the health of your lungs as well, which includes keeping them naturally cleansed and purified.

1. Deep Breathing Exercises

Practicing deep breathing exercises helps to strengthen your lungs, just like a workout in the gym helps to keep your body fit. It’s one of the most simple things you can do, but also one of the most beneficial.

2. Eliminate Household Toxins

The average household has been estimated to contain about 62 toxic chemicals, which includes chemicals that are part of cleansers, detergents, bleaches, things like chemically-scented air fresheners, as well as a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products.

3. Improve Your Indoor Air by Adding Plants

You also might want to consider investing in an air purifier to remove allergens and other irritants from the air in your home in addition to indoor plants. Plants not only bring life to any living space, many can help remove toxins as well, like these.

4. Get Your  Vitamin D

Research has shown that those with higher levels of vitamin D have better lung functioning. The experts believe that the vitamin helps to lower inflammation, which in turn boosts lung health. A 2014 study out of the University of London published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine, found that taking vitamin D supplements was able to reduce COPD lung disease flare-ups by more than 40% in those who had a deficiency. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, includes conditions like chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

5. Exercise Regularly

Regular, moderately intense exercise is great for the lungs, helping to naturally cleanse and support them. While working out in itself won’t make the lungs stronger, it will help you get more out of them, according to Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association.

6. Invest in a Himalayan Salt Inhaler

Considering all of the chemical pollutants, smoke, dust, smog, and pet dander so many of us are breathing in, our lungs are forced to function under an extreme amount of stress, but a Himalayan salt inhaler can help reduce those negative effects but cleansing the lungs.

7. Drink Plenty of Water

If sputum isn’t cleared from the lungs, it can cause ongoing inflammation, which may lead to further lung damage as well as further deterioration of lung functioning. For optimal lung health, the lungs should be kept as clear as possible, and water plays a key role in that, as well as our general health.

8. Eat Foods That Promote Healthy Lungs

A healthy diet is a must for overall health, and that includes the health of your lungs.  There are certain foods that are known specifically for boosting lung health that you’ll want to make sure you’re including in your diet, like these.

9. Spice It Up

There are a number of herbs and spices that can improve lung health, so be sure to spice your meals up as often as you can. You’ll get more flavor, and help ensure your lungs function at their best.

10. Cut Your Sodium Intake

Limiting your sodium intake can help to reduce excess fluid and bloating as well as help your lungs. Eating too much salt, including sodium that’s found (often in high amounts) in prepackaged and processed foods, fast foods and restaurants), causes the body to retain water, which makes breathing more difficult. When the lungs are able to breathe easier, that ups your oxygen levels which help you to feel better overall.

11. Maintain an Optimal Weight

Being overweight negatively affects health in multiple ways, and that includes lung health. If you’re overweight, your heart has to work harder, which makes it more challenging for oxygen to be delivered to the rest of your body, and, excess fat in the abdominal area, in particular, can place pressure on your diaphragm, which makes it more difficult to breathe.