Lung Cleansing

Smoking and other airborne toxins can damage the lungs.  Smokers are easily identified by a characteristic cough that inevitably presents itself, after a long period of smoking.  The lungs will become completely tar-coated within a few years of smoking.  These blockages can result in severe chest pain and a disrupted balance of cells, which may contribute to the formation of carcinogenic cells in the lungs throat and mouth.

One of the main reasons smokers continue to smoke is nicotine, a chemical in cigarettes that causes addiction. Over time, the body gets used to having nicotine, but there’s a catch. The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel “normal.” When the body doesn’t get nicotine, it can cause symptoms of withdrawal including:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble thinking and concentrating

Whilst undergoing a Lung Cleanse, it’s important to eliminate stress and avoid eating processed foods (white flour, sugar as well as dairy) as these foods stimulate the production of mucus in the body.

To clear the lungs from toxins, certain compounds in food can protect the lungs to a small extent, but will clean out the lungs once you stop smoking. Passive smokers can clean their lungs from 2nd-hand smoke as well as polluted air.

GingerIs a very powerful detox tool for the lungs. It can be used in many ways such as in food and teas.
TurmericSmoking causes plaque build-up in the lungs and increases a person’s risk for many different types of cancer. Studies have shown that the curcumin in turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancerous and anti-toxicity properties. It can help remove harmful toxins from the body while protecting organs from further damage.
ThymeIs very powerful in the fight against chest congestion. It produces powerful antiseptic essential oils which are classified as naturally antibiotic and anti-fungal. Thyme is well known to zap acne more so than expensive prescription creams, gels, and lotions. Thyme tea has the power to chase away and eliminate bacteria and viruses so whether your infection is based on either, it will work. Thyme has been used as a lung remedy consumed since antiquity and is used extensively today to prevent and treat respiratory tract infections and bacterial infection pneumonia.
OreganoAlthough oregano contains the vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system, its primary benefits are owed to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content. Both compounds are natural decongestants and histamine reducers that have direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow. Oil of oregano fights off the dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, better than the most common antibiotic treatments.
WatercressWatercress is believed to be great lung cleansing plant, according to a lot of doctors worldwide. This plant can be used for making soup, which will really help in the lungs cleansing process. You may double the watercress’ health benefits if you eat this soup two to three times a month, especially if you are a smoker.
SageSage tea is a traditional treatment for sore throats and coughs. The rich aromatic properties arising from sage’s volatile oils of thujone, camphor, terpene and salvene can be used by inhaling sage tea’s vapors to dispel lung disorders and sinusitis. Alternatively, brew a strong pot of sage tea and place it into a bowl or a vaporizer.

Steps you can take to assist your Lung Cleanse

  • Don’t smoke
  • Do lung Cleansing Exercises
  • Eat lung cleansing foods
  • Reduce indoor air pollution exposure
  • Make a castor oil pack for lung cleansing
  • Use lung cleansing herbs

Oxygen is, by far, the most vital component humans need to live. We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without air. To get the most out of oxygen, it’s imperative our lungs are functioning properly. Every cell in the human body requires oxygen and, although it seems like an autonomous function, deep breathing exercises can be done to help clear out toxins that may have built up in the lungs which can help improve lung performance and clear airways. Deep breathing gets more nourishing oxygen into your body. Blood that is rich in oxygen will help you feel better, and give you more energy. Deep breathing also reaches the deepest depths of your lungs, and helps to expel and break up residue.

Shallow Breathing vs. Deep Breathing

Although the average human lung capacity is about 6 liters of air, we typically inhale much, much less. In fact, it’s amazing how little of our lung capacity is routinely used. This can be described as shallow breathing, or chest breathing. Shallow breathing is a self-descriptive term, and may be caused by poor posture, stiff muscles, or simply inactivity. The majority of the breathing we do is shallow breathing. After all, it’s just not feasible to be heavily huffing and puffing all day. However, when shallow breathing is the only type of breathing you do, you’re utilizing a small fraction of your lung capacity and doing your lungs a disservice. Shallow breathing lets stagnant air and pollutants accumulate in the depths of the lungs and may lead to fatigue, respiratory sluggishness, and diminished tissue function.

Deep Breathing Exercises for Lung Cleansing

Find a relaxing and quiet place to sit down. Close your eyes, and begin by breathing in deeply through your nose from your belly up. Count to five, inhaling the entire time. Even when you think you can’t inhale any more, try to squeeze a little more air in. Allow your lungs and stomach to fully inflate. This enables oxygen to reach the deepest depths of your lungs to inflate all the alveoli and break up any toxins and pollutants that may have accumulated. Hold your breath for several seconds and then exhale over the course of another five count. When you think you can’t exhale any more, keep blowing from the deepest depths of your lungs and stomach! You should feel your chest and abdomen flatten inward. Repeat this breathing exercise 9 times. Performing this exercise on a daily basis will not only help cleanse your lungs, but it also helps relieve stress. It won’t take long before you notice positive improvements!

Health Benefits of Deep Breathing Exercises

Although the lungs are not muscles, they can be exercised. Failing to exercise the lungs can impact the respiratory system. Related muscles, and even the rib cage, can become stiff and lead to reduced elasticity in the lungs, which furthers shallow breathing. Air can remain in the tissues of the lungs and become stale, hindering fresh oxygen from finding its way into the bloodstream.

Those who exercise, especially athletes, often have larger than average lung capacities as a result of taking deeper breaths more often. Why? Because deep, rhythmic breathing expands the diaphragm muscle and the air pockets within the lungs. This allows for more oxygenation of the cells within the body which improves health, helps all the body’s systems perform better, and even can provide you with more energy. Deep breathing actually helps to stretch out the torso, you needn’t look any further than at the Olympic swimmers who typically have very large torsos to see this in action. Humans need oxygen for complete cell development. It’s impossible to be healthy if you’re not getting enough oxygen.

Lung Cleansing Improves Lung Performance

Taking deeper breaths that utilize the full capacity of your lungs helps cleanse the lungs and provides your body’s cells with more nourishing oxygen. Poor breathing allows toxins to accumulate, robs energy and negatively affects mental alertness. Daily breathing exercises are a vital way to keep the body clean, and provide your inner systems with the necessary oxygen to operate at optimum capacity. Proper lung function is especially important when working out because your body uses the oxygen as a source of energy. Less than adequate lung function when working out can cause a significant reduction in the amount of intensity and time your body can exercise. Adding deep breathing exercises to your daily routine to cleanse your lungs will balance and help your body. Remember, small changes add up to big improvements!

DBM Protocol – Adjunct Therapies – Lung Cleansing

Article Resources:

  1. The Spirit Science
  2. American Lung Association
  3. Smoke Free
  4. Livestrong
  5. Turmeric for Health