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Coughing and Feeling Short Of Breath? It’s Time To Detox Your Lungs

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Coughing and Feeling Short Of Breath? It’s Time To Detox Your Lungs

If you’re a non-smoker, yet still feel short of breath at times, it could be the pollutants that you breathe in daily that are causing you to suffer. Symptoms of an inflammation in the lungs are coughing and shortness of breath, and it could reduce your lung size. This will jeopardize your overall wellness and longevity.

In order to reverse the effects that are causing damage to your lungs, take some time from your daily schedule to detox your lungs. Here are six ways you can give your lungs a new breath of life.

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1. Increase antioxidants

We know that anything with antioxidants is good for our bodies, but what are they really? Free radicals are atoms that destroy our healthy cells. Pollution, smoking and unhealthy food contribute to an increase of free radicals in our bodies. Antioxidants, however, help to neutralize these free radicals. A lack of antioxidants can cause a free radical domino effect whereby free radicals change other molecules into free radicals. This is when cancer can occur. By consuming foods high in antioxidants daily, such as fresh vegetables and green tea, you can reduce free radicals in your body.

2. Healthy diet

Needless to say, we must also adhere to a well-balanced diet with fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy beverages. As mentioned above, our body is exposed to free radicals every day from environmental toxins, smoking (including second-hand smoke), and household chemicals. Fatty foods and oils which are cooked at high temperatures can become oxidized and, as a result, turn into nasty free radicals.

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3. Hot showers

A hot shower works wonders in helping to clear out the toxins from our bodies, including our lungs. When taking a hot shower, you are increasing the secretion of sweat, which brings out the toxins with it. Taking a hot shower 20 minutes a day is a great way to detox your lungs.

4. Licorice

Licorice is a well-known herb for its many benefits. One of the benefits is its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties. Licorice can help treat mild infections of the lung and can also reduce inflammation of your bronchial tubes. To prepare, mix licorice roots in hot water or you can use licorice powder. Drink two cups every other day.

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5. Peppermint

Peppermint is another herb that can help soothe and relax the muscles of your respiratory tract. By relaxing those muscles, not only will it help clear any symptoms of respiratory congestion, it could also help you breathe easier.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that the anti-congestive properties of peppermint helped to relax the trachea, which is also know as the windpipe, in rats. To prepare, mix 3-5 peppermint leaves in hot water or you can mix with a few drops of peppermint oil. Drink up to two cups a day. For stronger lungs, chew 3 to 5 peppermint leaves each day.

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6. Deep breathing

Lastly, a simple practice of deep breathing can do a great deal for your lungs. Deep breathing can help to increase the capacity of your lungs as to how much intake of oxygen can be achieved. It can also help strengthen the lungs and clear your airways. By breathing deeply each day, you can also increase your energy and lessen your stress levels.

To do this efficiently, follow these steps:

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  1. Lie flat on your back
  2. Close your eyes with your hands under your rib cage
  3. Breathe in deep for 5 seconds and then hold your breath for 2 seconds
  4. Slowly exhale for 5 seconds
  5. Repeat 9-10 times

These simple methods show us that we can detox our hardworking lungs in a hassle-free way. Neglecting your lungs can cause many problems such as inflammation, bronchitis and can even cause lethargy, so try these methods out today and feel the difference!

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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