The lungs and liver are vital organs in your body that need attention and care. Often with our sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits, we forget about the damage we do to these vital organs. However, locally grown superfoods help us immediately. It is believed that superfoods are nutritiously dense and contain vitamins and minerals that help ward off disease and therefore enable longer and healthier lives. These are mostly plant-based foods, but some types of fish and dairy products can also be found. There are superfoods that specifically cleanse and improve the functioning of the liver and lungs, which are said to be the most important organs for survival Mr. Luke Coutinho, MD – Alternative Medicine & Holistic Nutritionist. Also Read – What Are The Best Foods To Eat During Jaundice?
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Here is a list of foods he suggests for caring for your lungs and liver: Read Also – Childhood Obesity Linked to Impaired Liver Function During Pregnancy
1. Beta carotene rich foods: The orange antioxidant pigment in orange or red colored fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of lung cancer. They also have glutathione, which helps detoxify the liver. Examples of such foods are beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, dried apricots, pumpkin and melon. Here are 10 red colored foods that are effective for losing weight.
2. Foods rich in vitamin C: Fruits containing vitamin C promote the production of enzymes that help detoxify the liver, naturally cleanse it, and aid in the effective transport of oxygen through the lungs around the body. Popular types of such superfoods are grapefruit, kiwi fruit, guavas, citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges, strawberries, pineapples, red and green peppers and Brussels sprouts. Here are 15 more ways vitamin C can keep you fit and healthy.
3. Green leafy vegetables: One of the most powerful superfoods for cleansing the liver and lungs is dark green leafy vegetables that can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Because they’re high in plant chlorophylls, they help detoxify the blood that occurs in both the liver and lungs. They have a pronounced ability to detoxify heavy metals, which preserves the protective mechanism of the liver. Because they are high in magnesium and potassium, they promote lung health. The best foods in this category are spinach, lettuce, cabbage, mustard, spring onions, wheatgrass, kale, dandelions, mint, and coriander leaves. Here are seven more reasons to eat leafy green vegetables.
4. Turmeric: It is an ancient Ayurvedic spice most commonly used in Indian and South Asian cuisine and which has been shown to have healing properties due to its active ingredient, curcumin. It is believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and immune-building, cancer-fighting, cholesterolemic and hepatoprotective properties. It promotes the secretion of bile from the liver, which helps digest food and breaks down fats in the body. It also reduces inflammation of the liver cells in fatty liver disease. Studies have shown that the curcumin in turmeric helps clear the plaque buildup in the lungs caused by smoking excessively and reduces the risk of lung cancer in chain smokers.
5. Ginger: It’s another common ingredient that is very helpful in stimulating digestion and circulation. Its digestive enzymes are used to cleanse the toxin that has accumulated in the liver. The healing and detoxifying properties of ginger are due to its high concentration of gingerol. It helps the lungs work more efficiently by removing the air pollutants from the air ducts.
6. Garlic: It’s loaded with sulfur, allicin, and selenium which help activate liver enzymes that are essential for flushing the toxins out of the body. It’s also believed to be effective in improving asthma and, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and immune-building properties, may help reduce your risk of developing lung cancer.
7. Cruciferous vegetables: Eating cruciferous vegetables increases the production of glucosinolate in the body and helps eliminate toxins through the liver and lungs. These include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Here are more reasons to eat cruciferous vegetables.
8. Green tea: It’s high in antioxidants known as catechins, especially EGCG (epigallocatechin). It is a compound known to aid the liver by increasing its enzymatic activity. It also helps maintain lung health due to its cancer-fighting properties.
9. Omega 3 rich foods: Omega-3 foods have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which is one of the functions of the liver. They can also protect the liver from the damage caused by obesity and insulin resistance. They can also help strengthen the respiratory system, which is found to be beneficial in various respiratory diseases. These foods include almonds, pistachios, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, soybeans, spinach, oily fish like salmon, mackerel, trout, and oysters.
10. Apples: They are high in pectin, vitamins, flavonoids, and chemicals that are essential for the liver’s detoxifying activities. Flavonoids also help in maintaining a healthy respiratory system.
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Published: May 15, 2017, 6:26 pm