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Not all fats are bad but trans fats found in processed and fried foods should be avoided. There are a lot of studies that say coffee is good for the liver and gall bladder among other things. He has liver damage from alcohol. I just got back from his office, and in response to some elevated readings, he wants me to try a range of foods that aid the liver, lower my alcohol, and drop some weight. My father was battling liver disease and I was at a loss to give him the support he needed. Performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver. God bless you Frank!

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Do you know if any of these recommendations can help with that disease? I wonder if this is all the case if you smoke even moderately? This always helps regardless, correct this kind of intake of the above?

The Disease is pheumothorax. Doctor suggested me that it may happen next time or may not, but I have to take care of it. I am currently staying in Mumbai city which is highly polluted. Dear sir, i am still smoking from last ten years, and now i want to quit smoking, i know i had damage my lungs too much Thank you for this article, I find this very helpful. I get my rice and meat only on weekends. Do you think I am doing the right way?

I am very anxious of keeping my lungs healthy as I have this so called bronchiectasis which doctors say is apermanent disorder affecting my lungs. Thank you for all the information on this website.

I have found it very helpful. My husband is having breathing difficulties which may be asthma or COPD and your guide to healthy eating was just what I needed to know. Hi, Doc, I have only one lung. My 2nd lung was expired due to gun shot wound. Now the ribs of my one side are so close to each other. Please suggest me something to improve my lung for better performance. I will be thankful to you.

I need to pass this test in 15 days times. Hello, my name is Jessica and my boyfriend is having really bad breathing problems when he lyes down to go to sleep he currently is still smoking but in the process of stopping.

I saw something on facebook that led me to this website about how he can detox his lungs. Is their anyway he can detox while in the process of stopping smoking if so what should he do??

Please get back to me! Hi Doctor, At my 21 yrs old i got tuberculosis and i took medition for 6 mnths and it was cured. Recently i took an X-Ray for my chest and the result shows fibro calcific opasities are seen ,now i'm 27 yrs old what does it mean? I can also feel some smell in sputum sometimes. Which type of food i should take to avoid any infections on llungs. Plz Suggest me i'm worrying a lot for this. Dear charlie, I had a costocondritis but i''ve started suffering a shortness of breathing when my doctor gave me arcoxia mg and anti depressant.

Because of that, i sought 2nd opinion from another doctor and decided to stop the medicines. Now it' s the 4th day since i stopped the medicines but still having shortness of breath. He then referred me to a pulmonary doctor. Meanwile dear, please enlighten me how to recover from this ailment. Is it a cause of the medicine or costocondritis?

Good day sir, just wanted to ask i am 45 yo and i felt some time on my chest it feels heavy, now this morning when i spit there is a small blood on saliva, please help me.. Hello Doctor, First of all have a good day. I am negative now. But i face some problem in breathing and little bit blood clots while doing hard work or exercise.

Please suggest some good food items or exercise which can empower my lungs. I will be really thankful to you. My father in law is on Oxygen and cant breath properly without oxygen. His one lung damaged He is about 60 years old and during his young age smoking. Hi doc,im jide from nigeria,ive been experiencing diffult in breathing n short breath for a while.. Doc i dont smoke n i dont drink what can i do i am really in pain. Sir i am a chain smoker.

The antioxidants in tomatoes are good for lungs, heart, and more, and the vitamin C can improve immunity, but there's a lot more going on than that when it comes to preventing pneumonia and other illnesses.

Exercise, eating well, and many other factors help too. Really depends on the cause, Manish, but often scarring on the lungs isn't easily reversed. Often there is mucus accumulation and that can be worked out with deep breathing, draining, tapping, and other means.

Work with your doctor. Meditate and improve your deep breathing. Dear All, I am smoking past 3 years today i quieted smoking pls give an suggestion to repair my lungs Regards, Uday. Read through the comments, Uday. I have answered this several times. You are on a good path and I wish you luck.

Hello I just want to say thank you for the information. I have sarcoidosis stage 2 and all the info really helps. I really found quick easy answers and I will start using the right and fresh fruit and vegetables to assist.

Thank you for taking time to help others. I wish you all the best Kind regards Ancia. Glad I could be helpful, Ancia.

Coconut oil, ginger, and turmeric may be helpful too for the inflammatory nature of sarcoidosis. Mushrooms and oats may play a role in the immune function aspect as well. Good luck to you! Anti-inflammatory foods may help some, but you will have to work with your doctor as you start adding them on to make sure it doesn't affect you in unforeseen ways. I am a fan of turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, cinnamon, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Hello Sir, My uncle has lung cancer stage 4. If not, how to delay spreading out of virus in body? Do the kind of food above can help some? Any ideas related to this illness, recommend me please! Best Regards and Thanks, Reaksmey. You are going to want to help your uncle work with the doctor, eat better, exercise, and follow the treatment plans you are given. There are some herbs that can help, like turmeric, but you need to make sure any natural treatments do not class with the treatments your doctor prescribes.

That can be dangerous. I wish you and your uncle the best. Sorry, el, not much I can tell you without more specifics. Work with your doctor and know that water in the lungs is often associated with heart disorders. There is much you can do for both lungs and heart that involve the foods above and many more along with what exercise they are able to do and possibly some medication.

Sorry again that I am not more help. Hi doctor iam 39 years old ,i have pain at under thé stomach,more than 3 months,please say me what is thé solution For that problème. Abdominal pain has way too many causes. You really need to see a doctor in person and run some tests.

Dear doctor My son is 2years old , he got chest infection birth ,doctors gave him antibiotics and after that for one year he was fine but in this year he got easily cold and cough with wheezing sounds. Doctors called he is asthmatic , this time he got cold I gave him antibiotics and prednisolone as doctors prescribed but he is still wheezing its not going properly.

He is too young to give high amount of steroids could you please recommend me anything natural any nuts , fruits or vitamins like that so I can improve his lungs health Thanks. Ginger, turmeric, coconut oil, pineapple, and fresh fruits and vegetables all have some good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may be helpful, but you should continue to work with the doctors at the same time. I wish you and your son the best! Hi , I am having air hunger from past 4 months.

Doctor have diagnosed that it might be because of imflammation due to autoimmune disorder. But there is minimal improvement. Use some of the anti-inflammatory foods I've listed above and add a good probiotic to the mix too.

Probiotics can sometimes help with autoimmune diseases. Exercise and healthy eating help too. Good luck and continue to work with your doctor as you try these new things. Some of these foods might help with the inflammation that accompanies and contributes to this. This is not a cure, but it anti-inflammatory diets can extend lifespan. Hello I have an issue with my lungs and respiratory system. I have now developed a very bad cough that rarely seems to go away I know my cough and respiratory problems are related to bad allergies I have.

I am allergic to pollen, trees, grasses, dust, mold, pets etc Now my cough keeps getting worse and I have noticed that it gets really bad when I am exposed to air conditioning I really need to get a handle on this as the problem is just getting worse over time I have no idea what I can do to cure this. Can you please give me some ideas, I have tried everything to cure my allergies Thanks for any help There are some lung disorders that are triggered by changes in humidity and temperature, like Reactive Airway Disease, so the AC and wind may have something to do with it.

It can also be that the AC isn't properly filtered and you are allergic to the dust, hair, or pollen that's being spread. You could also be allergic to one of the chemicals used in air conditioning, like propylene glycol or many more.

You may want to talk to a doctor and try to narrow down what allergy you have. In the mean time, invest in ginger. It reduces inflammation, helps open airways, and can help combat many allergies. I like it as a tea. You may also want to look at turmeric and pineapple. I have suffered from allergies my whole life. I have been developing a cough that comes and goes It gets worse at different times of the year depending on the season Here is the key It always gets worse when I am in an environment that has air conditioning.

I was down south last year and it got so bad I had to return home from my vacation early This problem is getting worse over time and not better I have tried almost everything to cure my allergies I totally feel that my chronic cough is allergy related Can you please tell me what I can do to cure my cough?

I really need to do something it is starting to get out of hand. Also please note as strange as this might sound If my cough is bad and I am driving even if I roll down the window to get air because it is hot, the blowing of the wind actually makes my cough worse I am lost at what to do. Hello sir , i started smoking at 18 n now i stopped it i m 24th now. I have some cough prob. N when i speak very very loudly constantly dn also cough prob.

I stop smoking b4 1 week. So now wt should i do in exercise n food? Much above and below will help. Do what exercise you can, probably beginning with walking, and avoid smoking. Good morning doc I want to ask I have lung spots before when I get the result of my X-ray when I noticed that I prepare to go the municipal doctor to consult about that because it's happened dung my medical abroad I failed that medical so I what to know if I try again for applying abroad how many percent sure it's clear????

I forgot to tell that I undergo and done my medicine more than 6 months??? You may want to talk to another doctor, just for a second opinion and see what can be done for you. There is some risk, but not really much, involved with that procedure, so if another doctor calls for it, you may want to go ahead. It will help them determine your treatment and it may relieve pressure if you do have a lot of fluid building up around your lungs.

In the mean time, maintain a proper weight, eat well, exercise moderately, and good luck. There isn't any cure as of yet, but there are some treatments that help. You will want to work with your doctor on these. There are also some natural treatments that show some promise. Anti-inflammatories may protect the lungs from damage. Think raw garlic, turmeric, pineapple, ginger, cinnamon, and many more.

I would like an outside opinion on my symptoms. Wow, Chelsi, you don't come at me with easy questions. I think you should definitely be looking at probiotics, natural anti-inflammatories, and some immune boosters. With all the antibiotics you've been on, your good bacteria will have been decimated. You want to resupply them. You will also want to look at ginger, coconut oil, turmeric, garlic, astragalus, and mushrooms.

I get sinus infections too, thanks to a bad root canal that likes to gather bacteria to it. I've had good luck with these. I also use a food-safe peppermint oil directly on the roof of my mouth and gums a few times a week. It's amazing how quickly that kicks those out. You may also want to explore some antiparasitics if things don't clear up and you will want to work with your doctors while you try herbal remedies.

I hope something works for you soon. Hi doc, i had a TB history last year. I had my medication for 6 months. And now, some sort of allergy got me and now im having a dry cough. I am worried what if the TB will come back again. Unfortunately tuberculosis reinfection is somewhat common and hard to fight when it happens as the bacteria becomes resistant to the treatment. You will want to work closely with your doctor to see if it has returned or if you are just experiencing allergies or a cold, and then follow what he or she determines is your best treatment options.

May some Essential oils by inhalations and oral ingestion could help. Warning some essential oil can't be ingested or inhaled! Always read the notice or ask at your pharmacist: I use to smoke when I was just Now i m Then I quit smoking.

Just tell me what to do..???? It's going to take some time to detox your body and your lungs, Ket. Try to eat well, exercise moderately, and be patient with yourself. Alcohol and lung disease have only recently begun to be linked, Alvin. More studies need to be done to explore exactly how much, what kinds, and how often you drink alcohol affects you. Alcohol tends to deplete the lungs of vital antioxidants. Occasional use is probably fine. Alcohol tends to be dehydrating, which is why we have hangovers When you are dehydrated, your lungs dilate, taking in less air.

Sorry, Chito, lipomas are pretty resistant to treatment. Sometimes massage and warm compresses help break up the fatty deposit, but that's pretty rare. Most of the time you must leave them or remove them completely. I have heard some people have some luck with dietary changes away from processed foods and I've heard some talk of apple cider vinegar being helpful.

Sage and turmeric may be beneficial as well. Exercise may reduce lipomas too, even though they have little to do with your weight, the oxygen and increased blood flow may break them down more. Sorry I can't be more helpful. I have infection in one lung. Doctor has given me antibiotic. Will moderate wine oor drink aggrevate. Im Angelie i would like to ask if i have a lung disease cos i learnd smoking when i was 20 bit i started smoking soo bad when i was Smoking can definitely rob you of your breath, Angelie.

You may not have lung disease yet, but you probably want to quit smoking and take care of yourself. Wine or drink interferes with the effectiveness of antibiotics, also, when taking antibiotics you should supplement a probiotic to balance your digestion. Antibiotics kill the bad AND good bacterium in your system, such as those needed for proper digestion. Sounds like you and your doctor are on the right track. Alcohol can contribute to lung infections, so keep it very moderate and you are probably okay.

I am having COPD stage 3. There's always something you can do. Antioxidants are important, Chandran. There are many studies that show improved lung function in people who eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. Go for the brightly colored ones like greens, pineapple, berries, and orange veggies. Ginger and coq10 could also be helpful. It improves lung function and oxygen efficiency. Breathing techniques like those used in meditation, self defense, and yoga can help you control your breathing better while also eliminating stress.

I used to take those veges and fruits mentioned above.. It makes me worried cause it started last two years ago on and off.. Honestly i am worried right now about my health.. Thanks and more power to you. Work with your doctor while trying to eat well, exercise, and avoid pollutants and allergens.

A dry cough may be helped by drinking more clean water, showering before bed, or using steam and essential oils to hydrate and open airways. Hi my daughter is suffering from. An anti-inflammatory diet can be helpful, Annu. You will want to talk to your doctor about it, do some research online, and look into natural foods that are naturally anti-inflammatory, like the ones here: I just want to say thank you for the information it was very helpful.

I have suffered with a rare lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis, I've had trouble breathing with any activity I do. I mainly have flare ups that would cause me to have multiple spasm. Any activity increase moderate to severe and sometimes I will have to go to the ER just to get treatment. Hi, It is really impressive. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

It will help many people affected by lungs problem and other cardiovascular diseases. Good day sir Charlie, thank you for the very helpful post related for having a healthy Lungs. It will really help me so much, because when I was a child I have a weak lungs and during my high school years the doctors said that my lungs has fluids water. Sir what are common causes of having that to much fluids in our lungs. There are many, many things that can cause fluid in your lungs, Marco, but most have to do with the condition of your cardiovascular system.

You really will want to work with your doctor to narrow down the causes and build a plan to prevent it from happening too often. Hi, I've slight pain on right side of my shoulder and which is close to my neck when taking deep breath inside! I'm 18 years old, I used to smoke often. What to do with this pain? Is that pleurisy or any other symptom of lung diseases. What are precaution should be taken? Hi, I have had the same problem now for the past two years.

I am 21 and I started smoking when I was I stopped when I turned 19 due to not having the money for them anymore, haha. After I stopped smoking I started getting symptoms that made me feel awful. I could barely take in a deep breath, it hurt my right shoulder just like yours, it radiated down my back on the right side, and I could even feel it in my right arm.

I ended up going to the doctors and went though xrays to see if I had any problems. I ended up being diagnosed with pleurisy. In between your lungs and ribs you have a lining. Inside that lining is a small amount of fluid that acts as a lubricant when you breathe. When you have pleurisy that fluid gets kind of sticky and the lining will get inflamed. It no longer acts as a lubricant and causes pain while breathing.

My lungs also expanded in size, my trachea hardened, and my alveoli are damaged. All that over the course of two years! I stopped smoking, started exercising, and eating right. I have some of my lung function back now. I am capable of taking in a deep breath. Even though I can do that I still have pain in my right shoulder which I have learned to live with. There is a possibility that it will never go away but I hope it does one day. My advice is to give the cigarettes up cold turkey, go to the doctors, and start to get healthy.

You're young and you might improve faster than I have. It could be pleurisy, but it could also be a blood clot, strain, sprain, and many more. I think you'll have to talk to a doctor to make sure you know exactly what is happening and how to fix it.

Good luck with quitting smoking and living healthier! You can do it! Deepak, fibrosis is scarring of the lungs that is, unfortunately, rarely reversible.

You can work to improve her lung efficiency with deep breathing techniques and exercise. Some of these foods will aid with any inflammation that remains, but you will want to work with your doctor as you try new things. I have also heard some success with cordyceps, apple cider vinegar, aloe, a few lesser known Chinese herbs, and food grade hydrogen peroxide diluted in water, but these are all anecdotal and hard to say if they will help your wife.

Hi Sir Charlie, thanks for the reply.. Hello , I inhaled some gas fumes may be sulphuric acid gas for short time during battery work , after this I got upper chest burning sensation and irritation, but I am breathing normally, no other problem.

You will want to talk to your doctor. Most lung diseases come from frequent or long-term exposure. This means you are probably fine, but it is always good to seek professional advice. Get plenty of fresh air and avoid pollution or further exposure. Light exercise will improve lung function. Some of the anti-inflammatory foods above will ease the discomfort while you heal.

I have granuloma vs. What are the food that im going to eat to improve my lungs. There can be many causes for granuloma. It can come from fungal infections, pollution, chronic allergies, and other diseases. You will want to work very closely with your doctor to narrow down the causes for you while you clean up your diet and your environment.

I suggest talking to your doctor about anti-inflammatory foods, like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and fresh fruits and vegetables. I gave up smoking by using a patch for the first day.

Then i went cold turkey, but still had a patch in my pocket just in case i ran down the shop to buy a packet.

Just having the patch in my pocket gave me the strength to give up. Now a non smoker for 8 years. I have recently quit smoking, after smoking cigarettes for 12 years.

Thank you for the article, any of these foods more then another that would be good for me to use? That is an amazing accomplishment! I hope the article help you. But for many people navigating the modern-day food system often seems overwhelming.

Ingredients found in ultra-processed foods are being blamed for everything health-related, from cancer and diabetes to reduced kidney function and bone loss. Only adding to the confusion, sometimes even the way we cook otherwise-healthy foods puts them in the cancer-causing foods category while not consuming enough cancer-fighting foods. Researchers have known about the dangers associated with some unhealthy habits and cancer-causing foods for decades, while others are just now emerging as possible culprits.

Below I outline the association between certain cooking techniques, unhealthy ingredients found in processed foods and the risk for developing cancer.

This duel approach can help support the entire body and mind in the healing process, which sometimes be long and very difficult. Certainly when it comes to cancer prevention, more research is still needed. Cancer refers to uncontrolled cell division that leads to a tumor or abnormal cell growth. The key is consuming plenty of cancer-fighting foods with antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

This means avoiding packaged and processed foods and focusing on only those that do not contain antibiotics, chemicals or toxins.

Buying foods that are organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised and additive-free can greatly lower the toxic load of your diet. High intake of cancer-fighting foods like vegetables, fruit, fish, calcium-rich foods and fiber was associated with a decreased risk of colorectal, lung and breast cancers, while red and processed meat intake, alcohol intake, unhealthy body mass index BMI , and abdominal obesity were associated with an increased risk.

Being physically active and obtaining enough vitamin D also helped lower cancer susceptibility. Inflammation is the underlying issue that dictates cancerous tumor initiation, progression and growth. While quality meats, fish and dairy products can be included in an anti-cancer diet, processed meats are definitely something to avoid. And it has classified red meat as a probable carcinogen, or something that probably causes cancer. Processed meats are those that have been treated, altered or preserved to improve taste and prolong freshness.

They can contain additives such as nitrates and tend to be very high in sodium. Acrylamide is found in things like cigarette smoke and is also used in industrial processes like making dyes and plastics.

This causes sugars and the amino acid asparagine to create acrylamide. Acrylamide does not form or forms at lower levels in dairy, meat, and fish products. Sugar can do more than increase your calorie intake and contribute to an expanding waistline— high consumption of added sugar has also been associated with increased cancer risk. A study published in Cancer Research discovered a link between common food additives and colon cancer.

Alterations in bacterial species can result in bacteria expressing more flagellins and lipopolysaccharides; in other words, changes in the microbiome can interfere with functions of the immune system, promote inflammation and increase harmful gene expressions. What types of processed foods and products contain these emulsifiers? Examples include dairy products such as ice cream, creamy beauty products, toothpaste, mouthwash, laxatives, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents and even vaccines.

But what about the arsenic present in the food supply? Turns out, most Americans get more arsenic from the foods in their diet than from the water they drink. So is arsenic poisoning from foods like rice something you need to consider? A Consumer Reports investigation found arsenic in every brand of infant rice cereals it tested — nearly ten times the legal limit for drinking water!

Subsequent testing was even more dire: In some places, intense concentrations exist as a result of industrial pollution and decades of agricultural use of lead- and arsenic-based pesticides.

Just like with heart disease, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome and other autoimmune disorders , free radical damage or oxidative stress from inflammation is truly at the root of cancer formation.

What does this mean in terms of choosing the very best cancer-fighting foods that you can? Lots of fruit and vegetables can help lower the risk of cancer and offer protective elements so these should be the bases of your diet. On top of that, obtaining enough healthy proteins and fatty acids keeps your immune system working properly and prevents muscle wasting, deficiencies, or hormonal and nerve problems.

Leafy greens of all kinds — nutritious spinach , kale , collard greens , romaine, arugula salad , watercress, etc. These powerhouse chemicals are known to break down during the chewing and digestion process into biologically active compounds that prevent cancer cells growth, which are referred to as indoles, thiocyanates and isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates ITCs found in leafy greens, which are made from glucosinolates, have been reported to help detox your body at the cellular level. Add a handful of leafy greens to your lunch and dinner to increase your nutrient intake; to make obtaining them simpler, try juicing vegetables for near perfect health.

Vegetable juices are very easy to digest and make yourself at home. The Gerson diet meal plan even advises cancer patients to drink 13 glasses of freshly prepared juice daily! Cruciferous vegetables are known to be powerful cancer killers and some of the best vitamin C foods widely available. Nearly all members of the brassica family of cruciferous vegetables are nutrient-dense sources of a family of phytochemicals called isothiocyanates that are linked to cancer prevention.

In addition to isothiocyanates, cruciferous veggies like cabbage and broccoli also contain sulforaphanes and indoles — two types of strong antioxidants and stimulators of detoxifying enzymes that protect the structure of DNA. Additionally, many other vegetables are beneficial for lowering cancer risk, including onions, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes , peppers, carrots and beets.

The ORAC scores of nearly all berries are very high, making them some of the top high-antioxidant foods in the world. Berries are especially rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which have been observed to have anti-aging properties in several animal studies and are capable of lowering free radical damage. Carotenoids alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin are derivatives of vitamin A found in many citrus fruits, sweet potatoes , berries, pumpkin, squashes and other plant foods.

This is likely due to a favorable role of fiber, but the issue is still open to discussion. In contrast, refined grain intake and high glycemic load foods are not apart of an anti-cancer diet. These have been associated with increased risk of different types of cancer, including breast and colorectal.

Along with easy-to-use black pepper, turmeric absorption is enhanced and better able to fight inflammation. You can also take curcumin supplements; aim for 1, milligrams daily. Raw and cultured are key here, since fermentation produces probiotics but high heat processing used to pasteurize dairy can damage many of the vital nutrients, including the enzymes, proteins and probiotics.

Most dairy today is loaded with hormones, antibiotics, pain killers and pesticide residue so buying organic is also important. Cottage cheese, which is rich in sulfur protein and saturated fats, was found to be especially beneficial as part of the Budwig diet for cancer protocol. You can also increase your probiotic food intake without dairy by consuming cultured vegetables like kimchi, sauerkraut, coconut kefir, kombucha or natto. Cultured dairy is also a great source of calcium.

Calcium , particularly when combined with Vitamin D3 form, may reduce the incidence of cancer by 35 to 60 percent.

Calcium seems to be especially beneficial for preventing cancer and rectal cancers. Sunlight exposure and marine oils such as cod liver oil or krill oil are great sources of vitamin D that help with calcium absorption. Calcium should ideally be obtained from foods like organic dairy products I recommend.

They provide fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and a range of important minerals. Hemp seeds , sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are also beneficial and full of healthy fatty acids, as are walnuts , brazil nuts and almonds.

Their health benefits and are best sprouted and can be used easily in smoothies, baked goods and with yogurt. Aim for two tablespoons daily. Did you know that your brain and nervous system control the function of your entire body and that about 60 percent of your nervous system is made up of fatty acids?

The problem is that many of the conventional processed fats and oils widely consumed today are hydrogenated oils that are capable of destroying the membranes of our cells, leading to diseased cells and toxicity. Refined and rancid fats create problems throughout your entire body, leading to lower immune function, cell congestion and inflammation that kicks off disease.

Real vs. processed food