Breathing is living. The lungs make breathing possible. The primary function of the lungs is inhalation and exhalation of air. This process is known as respiration. Respiration involves the gaseous exchange the lungs carry out in order for our bodies to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.
If a person cannot breathe in oxygen properly, it can pose a potentially serious problem to their health. This is precisely why it is necessary to keep the lungs and nostrils free of obstructions.
Everyone has a responsibility to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to keep the respiratory system working in superb conditions.
Breathing in clean oxygen or clean air is however not enough to maintain healthy lungs. It is wise to also eat nutritious foods. Nutritious foods play a major role in ensuring healthy lungs and a sound immune system.
The immune system is a unique system inbuilt in us from birth, that defends the body on a daily basis. The immune system is under constant attack from circulating germs, bacteria and viruses. The coronavirus aka COVID19 is only the current fad.
The coronavirus attacks the airways and the respiratory tracts of humans, causing ailments like nasal pains, wheezing and pneumonia. These illnesses attack the lungs causing breathing difficulties.
A great way to keep your lungs healthy and in good condition is by eating a healthy diet. A healthy diet is a long-term investment for a better lifestyle. Your lungs don’t just need food, they need exercise too. Breathing exercises, yoga, etc. are great for the chest, along with lung exercises which help you breathe better.
Combining a healthy diet with exercise is a great first step in keeping your lungs in tip-top shape. On the diet side, here are some food recommendations to support and enhance the health of the lungs:
It’s no surprise that beans can augment lung health, as one of the primary functions of protein is to rebuild and repair worn-out cells. Kidney beans, soybeans, pinto beans, navy beans and black beans are good sources of protein and antioxidants, which fight off free radicals that may damage the lungs. They provide protection to the alveoli. The alveoli are an important part of the respiratory system whose function is to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules to and from the bloodstream. These tiny, balloon-shaped air sacs are arranged in clusters throughout the lungs, and eating beans is a good way to protect them!
Berries are small, pulpy, edible fruits that are found in almost every country in the world. They have lots of varieties and some are found in Nigeria across the middle belt states. There are barberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, purple berries, etc. They are rich in antioxidants, and they are a great source of vitamins. Berries are some of the healthiest foods you can eat, as they’re low in calories but high in fibre, vitamin C, and folates. Berries have proven benefits for lung health. These include lowering blood pressure and reducing oxidative stress. They also aid the alveoli for smooth passage of oxygen to the lung tissues.
Walnuts are a black, edible round nut that can be found in Kogi, Ilorin, Abuja and Benue states in Nigeria. They have a white, softer inner nut that when eaten, is considered a delight for travelers visiting these states. You can also walk to your local grocer to buy these healthy nuts. Walnuts are a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating consistent servings of walnuts improves the respiratory wall of our lungs. Walnuts provide healthy fibre, vitamins and minerals essential to lung health.
Clean water is essential for healthy lungs. Dry lungs are prone to irritation. Each day you should try to drink between six and eight glasses, especially in this season of the COVID19.
Apricots are pear-shaped fruits that are usually golden yellow or deep brown, depending on the species. They are edible fruits that grow naturally in the southwestern parts of Nigeria, where they are dried and processed. Undoubtedly, it is easy to see how making a decision to eat nutritious meals today can help keep the lungs healthy. Like the popular Chinese proverb says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The best time to have started eating nutritious foods was from birth but the next best time is today.
Undoubtedly, it is easy to see how making a decision to eat nutritious meals today can help keep the lungs healthy. Like the popular Chinese proverb says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The best time to have started eating nutritious foods was from birth, but the next best time is today.