Smokers: eat these 4 foods to cleanse your lungs

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Smokers: eat these 4 foods to cleanse your lungs
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According to the World Health Organisation, cigarettes kill one in ten adults every year. The numbers are alarming and continue to soar year on year, but these frightening statistics don’t seem to deter smokers. The harmful chemicals contained in each cigarette cause serious illnesses such as lung cancer. If you would like to keep your lungs in good health, here are 4 foods that will do them good! 

  • Brazil nuts

These nuts are particularly rich in Vitamin E and in selenium, which can considerably reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lung cancer and cardiovascular illnesses. One single Brazil nut can provide your recommended daily intake of selenium.

  • Onions

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Onions have numerous benefits for fighting off certain illnesses, that you may not have known about. This is because they contain a powerful antioxidant that can remove toxins from the body. According to a study conducted in Switzerland and Italy, eating between 1 and 7 onions per week can reduce risk of colon cancer, throat cancer and ovarian cancer. It also helps to slow down the multiplication of cancerous cells.

  • Ginger

Like onions, ginger has multiple benefits: it opens the bronchi, which promotes the expulsion of mucus. It is also an antibacterial, an antiseptic and and anti-inflammatory, which is very effective for coughs caused by damaged lungs. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it effectively cleanses the lungs.

  • Grapefruit

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According to recent studies, eating grapefruit greatly reduces risk of cancers of the digestive tract and of the upper respiratory system. The limonoids it contains have antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. To reap the benefits, you need to consume 1 to 4 portions per week: grapefruit cleans the lungs of impurities due to nicotine.