Maintaining healthy lungs is essential. Lungs are one of the most important organs in our body. On average, a human being takes around 20,000 breaths. You can breathe only when your lungs are powerful and healthy. Our lungs supply all necessary gases to our bodies. Keeping our lungs in a healthy condition is very important for our survival.

Lungs get affected by many respiratory ailments and diseases like – asthma, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, cancer, wheezing, TB, and more. Lung diseases have become very common all over the world because of high pollution and lifestyle.

Along with avoiding pollution, not smoking, and exercising, you can keep your lungs in a healthy condition by eating the below-mentioned power foods.

More water

Water is vital for the overall health and important organs in our body. You need to consume at least 7 to 8 glasses of good water every day. Water can regulate smooth blood flow to all parts of the body, especially to the lungs. This fluid helps to remove and flush out toxins, pollutants, and microbes from the body. Water helps the lungs get cleaned, mucus to perform its tasks, and in pushing toxins out of the lungs.

Cruciferous vegetables

Any vegetable that belongs to a cabbage family is called a cruciferous vegetable. These types of vegetables are powerful sources of antioxidants that help to keep our lungs clean. Consuming a lot of cruciferous vegetables flushes out the toxins and cleanses the body.

Cabbage (all colors), cauliflower, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, and broccoli are popular cruciferous vegetables consumed all over the world.

Broccoli boil


Pomegranates contain many antioxidants that help to keep the body clean and also protect from free radicles. The anti-oxidants have the strength to slow down the growth of the tumor in the lungs and also fight cancer effectively. The extract of pomegranates is gaining importance in cancer research.

Carotenoid rich food

Carotenoids have shown properties that cut down the risk of cancer. The orange color anti-oxidant pigments are called carotenoids. They are present in fruits and vegetables that are orange in color. Carrots and pumpkin are rich sources of beta-carotene that gives the orange color. Carotenoids when consumed and digested by our body, it gets converted to Vitamin A which helps to prevent and reduce the effect of asthma.

Fresh carrot juice
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Omega -3 fatty acids

Foods that are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids can benefit the health of those who are affected by asthma. Foods that have a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids are

  • Tuna fish
  • Nuts
  • Flaxseed
  • Cod liver oil
  • Salmon
  • Egg yolks
  • Sardines
flax seed oil
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Beans and seeds

Beans and seeds contain a high amount of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral to keep your lungs functioning properly. They are also a good source of fatty acids, protein, and minerals for overall body health.


Grapefruit contains a flavonoid called Naringin that stops the growth of cancer-causing enzymes. Both white and pink grapefruits contain the flavonoid and continuous consumption can keep your lungs clean and healthy. Grapefruit helps people who want to quit smoking and post smoking. It helps to flush out harmful toxins from the lungs. Click here to know more about grapefruits.

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Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Both vitamins are essential to carry and supply oxygen to lungs and various body parts. Lemon, sweet lime, oranges, and tomatoes are rich sources of citrus.


The anti-inflammatory property of ginger helps to eliminate pollutants and toxic substances from the lungs. Continuous consumption of ginger in any form will boost the health of your lungs and has many health benefits too. Ginger has healing properties thus helps in lowering the breathing problems and helps keep healthy lungs.

dry ginger powder

Onion and garlic

Onion and garlic have a unique pungent odor that has the power to keep your heart and lungs in good health. They help to reduce inflammation in muscles and keep cholesterol levels in control. They also contain compounds that fight infections effectively. These two foods fight against infection and lower cholesterol levels in the body. These two foods are not only good for the lungs but also the other important organs in our body.


Curcumin is a compound that is present in turmeric which provides numerous health benefits. It has the ability to destroy cancer cells and eliminate the chances of tumor occurrence. Turmeric helps in neutralizing free radicals such as hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, and hydroxyl thereby reduces inflammation in the lungs. Click here to know more about the health benefits of Turmeric.

Wild turmeric

Consuming good quality food and doing the required amount of exercise can keep your lungs clean. Breathing exercises or Yoga can give great relief to people who are affected by respiratory ailments. People who have problems in the lungs because of smoking, should completely stop smoking and take the necessary treatment.

Lungs are as important as your heart. Follow a healthy lifestyle and food habit and Breathe easy !!


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Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.