01 – The need to strengthen immunity
The Coronavirus scare has engulfed the world and the increase in the death toll has been devastating. The pandemic scare has made health an utmost priority for all the nations forcing some stringent actions to control the outbreak. Even in India, strict measures have been taken to control the increase in the number and lockdown has been one of the major ways to prevent the life-threatening virus attack.
Unfortunately, the state of lockdown in various parts of the world has made people inactive and follow a sedentary lifestyle, which gradually affects the metabolism as well as the immunity in the long run. Whereas this is the time when several viral infections and airborne diseases are on the rise and our body needs some strength to combat the harshness of such ailments and virus attacks.
02 – What makes lungs so vulnerable
Our lungs are prone to several infections caused due to increasing levels of pollution, seasonal changes, chemical exposure, or deadly viruses. In fact, according to statistics around 4 million people die succumbing to respiratory ailments. Even in the context of the corona virus, it affects the respiratory system in such a way that most deaths caused around the world have been due to respiratory problems caused by this life-threatening virus. Another reason why lungs are more prone to air borne ailments is due to the consumption of cigarettes, which can also lead to lung cancer. However, there are ways to cleanse your lungs in a natural way by following healthy habits and adding foods to your diet that help in strengthening your immunity.
03 – The golden magic- turmeric
In most respiratory ailments, breathing properly turns out to be the most difficult part as most people feel a strange heaviness in their chest and this is due to the persistent congestion and inflammation in the air passage. Daily consumption of turmeric helps in reducing the inflammation in the air passage. Moreover, the presence of a compound called curcumin in turmeric helps in cleansing the lungs naturally and helps in detoxification of the body, which further helps in strengthening immunity. You can eat raw turmeric or can use the powdered form with milk or add a pinch to your herbal concoctions to keep diseases at bay.
04 – Go for green tea
Yes, one of the most popular healthy tea makes for an easy remedy to cleanse your lungs. Loaded with the goodness of polyphenols, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may help in reducing inflammation in the lungs. According to a report published in the Journal of Nutrition, it was observed that there was a strong link between green tea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, there are several respiratory issues, but primarily there are two main types of COPD: Chronic bronchitis, which creates a long-term cough and mucus, and emphysema, which damages the lungs over time. Both make it difficult to breathe. The study found that drinking two cups of green tea per day is associated with a reduced risk of COPD.
05 – Peppermint tea
Mint is an age-old remedy to treat respiratory issues. Many civilizations used mint for its medicinal benefits. Hot peppermint tea can cure your sore throat by breaking up the mucus deposition and inflammation caused due to lung infections and pneumonia.
06 – Ginger
One of the most widely used home remedies to cure cough and cold, ginger has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in removing toxins from the respiratory tract. It contains many vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and zinc. As per a few studies, certain extracts of ginger are also known to kill lung cancer cells. The best way to strengthen immunity and fight seasonal flu and infections is by preparing a homemade kadha or by simply going for a healthy ginger tea.
07 – Honey
Enriched with the goodness of nature, honey is known for its antibacterial properties that help in reducing the discomfort caused due to respiratory issues. Research suggests that honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Moreover, a study conducted to study the treatment of respiratory issues in children and infants, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics looked at how buckwheat honey versus dextromethorphan worked as a treatment for cough caused due to upper respiratory tract infection in children. The study found that a single dose of honey given 30 minutes before bedtime provided relief from cough and helped in treating the sleep difficulty.
08 – Garlic
You might not like the taste of raw garlic, but its amazing health benefits will make you gobble it down, without giving it a second thought. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which acts as a powerful antibiotic agent and helps overcome respiratory infections that clog our lungs and lead to breathlessness and congestion. It also helps reduce inflammation, improves asthma, and reduces the risk of lung cancer.