Your lungs do amazing work every day. Their principal function is to transport oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream and to expel the waste product carbon dioxide from the bloodstream and out of the body.
Healthy lungs supply large amounts of oxygen to your blood and allow you to work, play, and live well. You can keep them healthy by staying away from pollutants, not smoking and participating in regular exercises. In addition, having good dietary practices can also help increase the health of your lungs. Certain fruits contain antioxidants and vitamins that are necessary to keep your lungs healthy and disease free. Let’s have a look.
Effect of Fruits on Lungs
People who consume a diet that consists of large amounts of apples and tomatoes are less likely to develop lung problems. The lung benefits may come from the antioxidants in the apple’s peel and in the tomatoes' coloring. When juicing apples or tomatoes, clean them thoroughly and keep the skin on to retain as many nutrients as possible.
Fruit juice that contains dark berries such as raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, may help to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer. Those berries contain antioxidants, which protect cells from free radical damage.
According to research, eating one-and-a-half pieces of fruit per day or a large tablespoon of vegetables everyday can protect against emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Carotenoids are important for healthy mucus membranes in the lung tissue, healing and protection of lung cells. They are also important for a healthy immune system. Vitamin C & bioflavonoids enhance immunity; a deficiency of vitamin C has been associated with suppressed immunity and poor lung health. Quercetin can reduce allergies and histamine release seen in asthma. This is naturally occurring in berries and apples, lemons, grapes, onions, fennel and kale. Vitamins B3, B6 and B12 may reduce the incidence of asthma, improve lung function and symptoms of allergies.
Juice Recipes for Lung Health
Ingredients: Apple – 1 medium, beet root – 1, carrots – 12, lemon – 1/2 fruit, oranges (peeled) – 2. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Ingredients: Apples (granny smith) – 4 medium, celery – 3 stalks, kale – 2 leaves, lemon (peeled) – 1, spinach – 4 cups. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
The Fog Cutter
Ingredients: Apples – 2 medium, cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, small, carrots – 4 medium, ginger root – 1/2 thumb, lemon – 1 fruit, spinach – 4 handful. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Ingredients: Apples – 2 medium, carrots – 3 medium, celery – 3 stalks, ginger root – 1 thumb, lemons (peeled) – 2 fruit, pears – 2 medium turmeric root – 6 thumb. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Original V Recipe
Ingredients: Carrots – 2 large, celery – 3 stalks, cucumber – 1/2 cucumber, parsley – 2 handful, pepper (sweet green) – 1/2 medium, spinach – 1 cup, tomatoes – 3 medium. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
A blender is required to add the avocado in since an avocado isn't very juice friendly. You may not add avocado also, it will still be delicious.
Ingredients: Apples – 2 medium, avocado – 1, celery – 3 stalks, grapes – 15, lime – 1 fruit, spinach – 2 cups. Juice all the ingredients except for the avocado. De-seed the avocado and separate the meat from the skin. Blend the juice and avocado well and serve.
Ingredients: Apple – 1 medium, celery – 4 stalks, cucumber – 1/2 cucumber, grapes – 2 cups, pomegranate (just seeds) – 1, spinach – 4 cups. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Martha Green Juice
Ingredients: Apple – 1/2 medium, celery – 1 stalk, cucumber – 1/2 cucumber, ginger root – 1 thumb, papaya (deseeded) – ¼, parsley – 1 handful, pear – 1/2 medium, spinach – 1 cup. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Fruits and vegetables also offer significant protection against the development of lung cancer. There are a large number of studies that indicate the importance of a diet high in plant foods such as the cruciferous family, apples, grapefruit, berries, pomegranate, garlic, onions in the prevention of lung cancer. Juicing is an excellent way to get all these varied carotenoid compounds in one juice. Many of our juice recipes include red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables to ensure an excellent array of nutrients. So enjoy all these wonderful foods that have so much potential to heal, repair and keep your lungs healthy.