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How to Keep Your Lungs Strong and Healthy

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7. Eat the Right Foods

eat the right foods

The right mix of nutrients in your diet can help with healthy lung functions and cleanse your lungs of harmful toxins.

  • Include detoxifying and antioxidant-rich foods and herbs like garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, ginger, oregano, turmeric, pomegranates, apples, grapefruit, green tea, peppermint, lungwort, chaparral and lobelia in your diet.
  • Include good sources of protein like milk, cheese, fish, nuts and poultry in your diet to help maintain strong respiratory muscles.
  • Eat folate-rich foods like lentils and black beans to protect your lungs from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Breathlessness due to COPD is often associated with low intake of folate.
  • Choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain bread and pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables. At the same time, limit simple carbohydrates, including table sugar, candy, cake and regular soft drinks.
  • Opt for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that do not contain cholesterol. Limit foods that contain trans-fat and saturated fat.

8. Be Active with Regular Exercise


Exercising is a great way to increase lung capacity. With regular exercise, it will be easier for your lungs to keep your heart and muscles well supplied with oxygen. This in turn will help you enjoy a healthier heart and a better mood.

  • Perform rigorous cardiovascular activities for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week. Cardiovascular exercises strengthen the muscles that surround your lungs.
  • Try aerobic exercises, such as walking, dancing or biking, a few days a week. Due to the short bursts of intense training during aerobic exercises, your lung capacity will develop a lot.
  • Swim for 30 minutes, a few times a week.

If you are just starting to exercise, consult a trainer to find out which type of exercises are best for your current condition. Also, remember that during exercise you take deeper and more frequent breaths. So, do not exercise outdoors during rush hour.

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22 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Lungs Strong and Healthy”

  1. This is amazing ! Really… for us smokers.. how do we reverse the situation? I have found it difficult to quit smoking despite catching up with age.

  2. really if you want to live healthy immediately quit smoking this is the main cause of all the chronic diseases in a human body and cause of cancer .I was chain smoker since last 20 years and know left the smoking since last five years feeling very fresh and healthy improving internal strength and assuming that new pleasure of good life .Leave smoking you will not die but still smoking you can die earlier .when you quit smoking there should not be alternative of smoking totally stopped assume that from today lord shiva given you the opportunity of new life .ok all the best for healthy life without smoking


  3. I have never smoked, I exercised my lungs by dancing ballet, I live in a National Forest and have the best oxygen, those around me who smoke make sure to do it in the garage or outside, I studied classical singing and received voice lessons from age 14 to when I was 30, I sang at nearly every funeral and wedding my large family ever had, and at church, I exercise my lungs four times a day and can hold my breath for 30 seconds. I still got asthma and have to take treatments four times a day and sometimes my lungs hurt. I take my medicine faithfully and rightly. I got a good bit worse later in life because I got really sick from something that wasn’t my fault and it hurt me. I’m now an old lady and my asthma could be really bad, but isn’t because I take care of myself. My asthma is hereditary, but how bad it is depends on me, and I won’t be like an ancestor who died from one asthma attack. It all depends on me and what I do to protect myself.

  4. RJS, hello, I brought my brother to the doctor yesterday(December 14,2017). My brother had a cancerous tumor on his kidney. They took his kidney out. His doctor told him to sing for 20 minutes every day. His doctor is Chinese & he said he sings “God Bless America” everyday. It’s very good for the lungs.

  5. I smoked for seventeen years, from ages 40 to 57. Now I’m 65 and I have excellent lung health, except for a recurring cough. I have maintained a running program since I was 25 (maybe 30 miles a week when I was young, and about 5 miles a week now, as my legs are not as strong as they once were), and this has left me with good wind, and a healthy heart. That is, if you exercise in such a way that you end up breathing heavily, you can beat the harms of smoking. That is my experience. Probably a certain amount of genetic luck is at play here, since obviously some people have bad lung health even in youth.

  6. Really this page is very very important for the Asthma patient and I am very grateful to this site. Today i have learnt that how to increase the strength of Lung, oh beautiful, I will follow the each directions and exercise regularly from today. and from today I will start again singing .

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