When it comes to health, the foods we consume have a significant impact on our overall health, especially in our 60s and above when our diaphragms gradually become weaker, decreasing the ability to inhale and exhale. This especially concerns ageing people managing diseases such as COPD, asthma, or any other respiratory diseases and people repairing the damage they might have done to their lungs over the years with smoking. However, the regular consumption of the right foods as you grow older can improve your lungs health, especially in an air polluted world alongside the current harmattan weather in Nigeria.
Eating tomatoes (raw or in foods) regularly can slow down lungs degeneration from growing worse and aid in quick lungs recovery. Its lycopene's antioxidant properties can protect the body from respiratory ailments, reduce airway inflammation and other health conditions.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene that can protect the lungs from air pollution and smoke by keeping the air sac clean and healthy. It also contains lycopene, vitamin C, and antioxidants that can be converted to Vitamin A to reduce the incidence of asthma.
Studies showed that the phytonutrients such as isoflavones found in soy foods can reduce the risk of lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers. A study also showed that isoflavones found in soy can inhibit the repair of certain types of lung cancer cells and make the lungs more sensitive to radiation therapy.
4. Green tea
Green tea is packed with antioxidants such as quercetin and flavonol, which acts as an antihistamine to slow histamine and contain anti-cancer properties. It also protects the lungs from any irritants and reduces inflammation.
Beans are good sources of magnesium that can relax the muscles surrounding the airway for easy breathing. It also contains antioxidants that can reduce inflammation in the lungs' airways.
Apples are packed with nutrition, high fibre, high energy and it's a low-calorie food. It contains flavonoids and a wide variety of antioxidants and vitamins like vitamin C, which can help you to maintain a strong immune system and healthy respiratory.
It contains powerful antioxidants, curcumin, that destroys damage-causing cells and other potential lung tumours before they are formed. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral properties that can effectively stop a viral infection that can affect the respiratory system.
8. Cayenne pepper
Consuming cayenne pepper in foods can provide a wide range of benefits. It contains capsaicin that can suppress irritating cough and sore throats and relieve cold, all of which makes it good for anyone suffering from asthma or inflamed bronchial tube.
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