10 Ways You Can Reverse Lung Damage

You are probably aware that your lungs are
one of the most important organs in your body. If you’re breathing, then you know your
lungs are working for you. Although chances are you may not even think
about your lungs so much. They help you breathe 12 to 15 times a minute
at rest—that’s more than 6 million breaths a year. If your lungs could talk, the only thing they
would ask you, is to keep them healthy and not abuse them too much. They have to work continuously for you to
help you breathe. Lung damage can be caused by various substances
and conditions. Some of the most common causes of lung damage
include Smoking, Pollution and household items like asbestos, bird protein and mold. Lung Damage affects more than 200 million
people in the world , 65 million of whom have moderate or severe lung disease. The surprising fact is that it’s underdiagnosed
by 72 to 93% which means most people don’t even know they have it. If you have symptoms like chronic cough, shortness
of breath, wheezing or chronic chest pain, keep watching today’s video to find out
some remedies that can reverse lung damage. Don’t forget to subscribe to bestie and
click the bell icon for future notifications. Stop Smoking: We often talk about how bad
smoking is for you on this channel, but that’s only because it’s true! Smoking is the leading cause of lung damage. Although any damage done to the lungs and
airways can’t be totally reversed, giving up smoking can help prevent further damage. Quitting may be all the treatment that’s needed
in the early stages of lung damage. Remember, it’s never too late to stop smoking! Conserve your energy: If you are someone with
damaged lungs, breathing can be taxing and will take more energy than the average person. So try getting plenty of sleep at night and
plan for one rest period each day. Elevate your head at night and your feet during
the day when your ankles swell. Rest before and after activities. Make realistic plans for chores and avoid
extreme exertion, such as heavy lifting, raking and shoveling. If you can try to avoid working long hours. Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus oil has been known
to be beneficial for a lot of problems including lung damage. It contains a natural compound called eucalyptol
which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help open up your airways and can
also help reduce mucus production from the lungs. One recent study suggested adding 12 drops
of eucalyptus oil to 150 milliliters of boiling water and inhaling up to three times a day
will give you the best results. Green Tea: If you are a green tea lover like
me, you will be happy to hear that Green tea contains many antioxidants that can help reduce
inflammation in the lungs. These compounds even protect lung tissue from
the harmful effects of smoke inhalation. A recent study involving more than 1,000 adults
reported that people who drank at least 2 cups of green tea per day had better lung
function than those who drank none. So go out there and grab your favourite flavour
for maximum health benefits! Tomatoes: You will be surprised to hear that
these little red things can be very beneficial in reversing lung damage. According to a new study, eating Tomatoes
can help slow the damage to your lungs, by reversing it. Eating more than two tomatoes per day has
been shown to slower the decline in lung function as well. Just be sure to use fresh tomatoes and not
that tomato sauce you were thinking of! Turmeric: Turmeric has been used as a food
additive for centuries because of its various health benefits. A recent study reported that curcumin, an
active ingredient in turmeric, has a wide variety of benefits for people suffering with
lung disease. It can help prevent and modulate inflammation
in the airways, plus it manages stress caused by a lack of oxygen in the body. You can mix turmeric and ginger with boiling
water and drink daily for best results. Add a pinch of honey to make the drink even
tastier! Maintain healthy weight: Maintaining a healthy
weight does not necessarily mean being just overweight. If you have lung damage, being underweight
can be just as harmful. If you’re significantly overweight, your
heart and lungs have to work a lot harder. This can make breathing more difficult by
putting pressure on your lungs. Being underweight means you’re at a greater
risk of aggravating lung damage due to less muscle strength and poor immune system function
in underweight people. So don’t go for those extreme diets just
try to maintain a balanced healthy weight and see the positive effect on your lungs. Steam therapy: It’s not as difficult as
it sounds. Steam therapy or simply steam inhalation,
involves inhaling water vapor to open the airways. This helps the lungs drain mucus. People with lung damage may notice their symptoms
worsen in cold or dry air. This climate can dry out the mucous in the
airways and restrict blood flow which makes it harder for you to breathe. Steam also adds warmth and moisture to the
air, which improves breathing and can help loosen mucus inside the airways and lungs. You can inhale water vapour for immediate
relief and to breathe more easily. A fairly simple technique! Stay Active: Staying active can be a double
edged sword for people with lung damage. Being short of breath all the time isn’t
the best motivator for getting up and moving around. Exercises such as walking, jogging, and biking
can be quite challenging. An interesting alternate can be water-based
exercises, such as aqua walking and swimming. Yoga and tai chi have also been shown to be
beneficial in reversing lung damage by improving lung function and exercise tolerance. So find something that works for you and stay
active and healthy! Eat Healthy: Eating healthy can prove to be
very effective in reversing lung damage. You can increase portions of vegetables and
fruit in you daily diet. Reduced amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables
are associated with lung damage. Fruits and vegetables contain high levels
of antioxidants, which have been shown to protect against this type of damage.For the
highest level of antioxidants, choose brightly colored fruits like blueberries, oranges,
apples and plums and green vegetables like broccoli, squash, and bell peppers. So eat healthy and protect your lungs better! We understand that Living with Lung Damage
can be emotionally and physically challenging. You might have to adjust your daily routines
and activities, sometimes radically to take care of your breathing problems. There are certain activities that you might
have liked but are unable to do so because of your lung damage. Remember always consult your doctor if you’re
having trouble breathing. Follow the remedies that we mentioned and
see what difference it makes to your damaged lungs. Have you ever felt shortness of breath? What do you do to breathe better? Let us know in the comments sections below.