Foods that boost immunity and increase lung function
As we continue to try our best to stay safe and protect our health, we know that a strong immune system can help us fight diseases. In addition to boosting our immune system, it is also important to take care of our lungs.
Here are some foods that can help to support your immune system and strengthen lung capacity.
Foods that support the health our the immune system
Fats and Oils
Herbs and Spices
Foods that support your lungs
Apples contain phytochemicals and have been shown to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation, which could improve pulmonary function.
Green tea is high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which are beneficial for lung function, and other compounds that improve airway function. Research shows that green tea can lower the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Leafy greens (e.g., kale, spinach, arugula)
Leafy greens can support your lung health because they contain antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Studies show that these foods are linked to lower risk of lung cancer, COPD and asthma in adults.
Garlic contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to protect us against oxidative stress in the lungs and in the body.
Ginger has a lot of medicinal properties that supports lung health.
This is known to be one of the top lung cleansing foods,and a good source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Turmeric is great for your lungs mostly because it contains curcumin, which gives turmeric it rich color. Studies indicate that turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties could help to treat different respiratory conditions.
Bananas are high in potassium, fiber and vitamin C. They support lung health because the potassium helps the lungs contract and expand and therefore prevent respiratory issues.
Foods that DO NOT support the immune system and lung health
Processed Foods: fried foods, baked goods, fast food, convenience meals
Refined Carbs: white bread, pasta, crackers, chips, tortillas
Processed Meats: bacon, salami, bologna, beef jerky, lunch meats
Sugary Beverages: soda, fruit juice, sweet tea, sports drinks, energy drinks
Added Sugar: high-fructose corn syrup, table sugar, agave nectar, molasses
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