All of us are aware that air pollution levels are rising. And those of us who live in cities often see a layer of smog in the mornings, causing us to cover our nose and mouth. The effects of exposure to excessive air pollution may not manifest immediately. However we need to start working towards fighting these long-term effects now. Diseases like bronchitis and asthma can be kept at bay by including some of these foods in your diet.

1. Water

Water is essential for good lung health. Without it, your lungs can feel dry and itchy. It also helps to keep your blood flowing and to keep harmful toxins from settling in your lungs. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day.

2. Green Tea

A cup of high-quality whole-leaf green tea is loaded with antioxidants, which decreases inflammation in the lungs and promotes overall good health. Try Gardner Street’s teas which are made with specially selected antioxidant rich green teas and blended with other beneficial ingredients for the lungs like berries and ginger among other spices, flowers and herbs which assist in preventing other lifestyle related diseases as well like dull skin, bloating, weak immunity among others.

3. Apples

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. This is also the case when it comes to your lungs. Enriched with phenolic acids and flavonoids, which help reduce inflammation of air passages, it can help control wheezing and asthma.

4. Cruciferous vegetables and berries

Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli are attributed to cutting down the risks of lung diseases like lung cancer. Broccoli—a highly antioxidant vegetable—cleans toxins from your blood, leaving you with healthier lungs. However, if you are looking for something yummy but that’s also good for you, start having more berries. Acai and blueberries are also a good source of antioxidants. Alternately, you can include a mug or two of this anti-oxidant rich Berry tea. Containing hibiscus, orange peel, pomegranate, licorice, cinnamon, marigold flowers and natural flavours it helps slow down the free radical damage in your lungs.

5. Fatty fish and seeds

Fish like salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acid and also have antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and fight off bad bacteria. If you are a vegetarian, you can include seeds like flax seed, pumpkin seed and hemp seed that contain omega-3 fatty acids in your diet to get your daily requirement minus the fish.

6. Nuts

Nuts like walnuts and almonds are rich in vitamin E, which creates red blood cells. These blood cells help to deliver more oxygen to your body, helping your lungs to not constrict, letting you breathe easier. Nuts are also a great source of magnesium that works to improve your respiration. An easy way to add this to your diet is to carry a small box of nuts in your bag so you can munch on them wherever you are.

7. Garlic and ginger

Both these Indian staples are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic fights infections and can give you some relief from asthma, while ginger works to remove toxins from your respiratory tract. The easiest way to add ginger to your diet is by sipping on this Heal green tea. A blend of ginger, tulsi and mint leaves, it is sure to make you breathing better in no time.

tulsi green tea

So the next time you are grocery shopping, make sure to include these items to your cart and start breathing a little easier.

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