Chronic obstructive diseases or COPD are among the most common destructive effects of tobacco to smokers. COPD is characterized by the difficulty in breathing. Bronchitis and asthma are two of the common types of this disease. Long time smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from these lung diseases. COPD weakens your lungs and may cause several infections and other complications. Below are 5 natural ways to lessen the effects and symptoms of COPD (bronchitis and asthma) after you quit smoking.
Increase your intake of foods rich in magnesium. To achieve this you may want to eat more dark leafy greens (e.g. raw spinach), nuts and seeds (e.g. squash and pumpkin seeds), fish (e.g. mackerel), beans and lentils (e.g. soy beans), whole grains (e.g. brown rice), avocado, bananas, dried fruits (e.g. figs), and for chocolate lovers – dark chocolates which contains 327mg (82% DV) of magnesium per 100g. Magnesium has a soothing effect in your airways thus, allowing more air to pass.
Eat onions. Onions will surely bring tears in your eyes, but more than the flavor it adds to your food, eating onions has many great benefits. Onions are natural anti-inflammatory remedy that help heal infections. It lessens the inflammation in your lung tissues.
Aside from the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of onions, it also helps prevent the development of cancer. It contains quercetin which is a known anti-carcinogen agent.
Eat foods rich in selenium. Selenium is a powerful compound which helps maintain the elasticity of your lung tissue while reducing the inflammation brought by bronchitis and asthma. Foods rich in selenium include Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, fish (e.g. tuna, sardines, halibut, shrimp, and clam), meat (e.g. beef, liver, lamb and pork), eggs, mushrooms (e.g. shiitake, crimini, and button), grains (e.g. barley, oats, and wheat germ), and onions.
Selenium also helps increase male fertility. Increase in selenium level increases sperm motility.
Take vitamin C. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a known antioxidant which helps treat bronchitis and asthma. It eliminates free radicals which cause inflammation in your air passages. It also prevents the thickening of mucus in your airways. Taking one dose of 500mg vitamin C tablet daily is sufficient to yield positive effect.
Eat tofu daily. Soybean curd or tofu is made from soya beans. Tofu contains sufficient amount of antioxidants that are very beneficial in reducing the inflammation in your lung tissues. Soya beans, the main ingredient in tofu, are known to contain flavonoids, important antioxidants that help prevent lung cancer and other diseases associated with free radicals.
Smoking is among the biggest factor of diseases which leads to premature death. Quitting smoking today and changing your lifestyle will help lessen the dangerous effects of smoking in your health. Eating healthy food and daily exercise will help speed up your recovery process after quitting. It also helps lessen the quit smoking symptoms.
It is highly advised that you to consult your doctor before starting or trying any natural remedies for bronchitis and asthma.