How to detox your lungs from cigarette smoke
Lung disease kills 300,000 Americans each year. It can be from lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma. Most of those illnesses are preventable since smoking often causes them. Did you know that your diet could help prevent the damages done by tobacco smoke? Studies show that a few extra servings of fruits and vegetables each day can significantly improve lung functions and slow the progression of diseases. But first, you have got to stop smoking. According to the American Lung Association, cigarette contributes to 90% of lung cancer deaths. Tobacco contains about 4,000 chemicals that weakens your immune system and damages your DNA, making you more vulnerable to illnesses. On this picture, you can see the lungs of a non-smoker. Behind them are the lungs of smokers. Do you see the difference? Smoking does not give you any benefits, apart from making you completely addicted. Quitting smoking will be the best gift you can give to yourself, and the paybacks are immediate! The American Cancer Society says that within a few weeks after quitting smoking, your lung function improves and within a few months, the cells that help cleaning your lungs start to regrow. Isn’t that fantastic?
Antioxidant rich food
With the help of a few phytonutrients found in the plant kingdom, you may help your body to fight the damages causes by the carcinogens in tobacco smoke. Broccoli has been put to the test and has shown to be helpful, just like his brothers from the cruciferous family, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Read this blog post to get healthy plant-based recipes with cruciferous vegetables.
The antioxidant boosting effect of Kale comes handy when it comes to smokers. Since cigarette smoke creates so many free radicals, the antioxidants in a smoker’s body are very depleted and in need of some help.
The spice Turmeric can also be used to prevent DNA damage from tobacco smoke. It is the yellow pigment “curcumin” that has the cancer-preventing effect. It does not only prevent DNA mutation, it also helps killing cancer cells.
You can boost the bioavailability (absorption) of the curcumin by heating the powder in a pan and adding ground black pepper. Make a paste and add it to you favourite drink:
- ¼ cup of organic turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon of organic ground pepper
- ½ cup of pure water
In a saucepan, mix all ingredients and stir until it forms a thick paste. Keep it in a sealed container for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric paste to a freshly squeezed orange juice or to your favourite smoothie every morning.
Processed meat causes cancer
Studies from Harvard and Columbia Universities have shown that the consumption of processed meats like bacon, ham, bologna, hot dogs and other cold cuts may increase the risk of chronic lung diseases like emphysema. It could be the preservatives (nitrites) contained in meat that act the same way as the nitrites by-products in tobacco smoke, who are known to promote oxidation. So, what is the remedy? Avoid all inflammatory and pro-oxidation foods like animal products, and load up on the fruits and veggie, the anti-inflammatory champions! Visit our pre-cleanse menu for anti-inflammatory recipes.