Some things you can do to keep your lungs healthy

1. Limit or avoid exposure to pollutants that can bring damage to your lungs.

2. Prevent infection
Colds and other respiratory problems or infections, can become very serious before you know it. There are some things you can do to protect yourself.
Wash you hands often with soap and water. Use lotion after alcohol based cleaners if you use those, to prevent dry chapped hands.
Avoid crowds during the flu and cold seasons.
Practice good oral hygiene, as germs in the mouth can lead to infections. See dentist every 6 month, and brush teeth at least 2 times a day.
Some people get vaccinated every year against influenza. Talk to your doctor to see if this is good for you. I don't like to personally, but many do.
If you DO get sick, don't spread it around. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Keep a distance from people. Take care of yourself.

3. Get regular healthcare check ups, even if you are healthy or feel good. Lung disease can go undetected until its very serious, and a check up can find problems before you even realize you have one. They will listen to your breathing, and tell you how things are going, and you can ask any needed questions as well.

**The above items are all good to do, I didn't mention quit smoking if you do smoke, as it goes without saying. Your health matters more than you think, its what enables you to enjoy anything in life. :)

De Toxifying your lungs

Below, I think would be beneficial for lungs, even if you have not quite yet quit smoking. (though that is the goal eventually)

Try these things to help your lungs

How to Detox the Lungs

1.Clear your house of dust and second hand smoke residue, which can hang around long after you've quit smoking. Dust the entire house, thoroughly vacuum the carpets (or have them cleaned) and clean out or replace the filter on your air conditioning unit.

2. Break up the existing tar-coated mucus in your lungs. This can be done by adding generous amounts of ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, horseradish onion and garlic to your diet. These herbs help your body to break up the unhealthy mucus in your lungs. In addition to the dietary supplements, add a few drops of rosemary oil to a humidifier and spend 10 minutes a day breathing over it with a towel over your head until your lungs feel clearer. Rosemary oil vapor dilates the bronchial tubes which relieves congestion by breaking up unhealthy mucus.

3. Avoid milk and dairy products, which can cause mucus build up.

4. Increase your consumption of water to at least eight glasses a day. The healthy mucus that your lungs need to coat and clean themselves is mostly made of water. Constantly replenishing the water in your body will encourage your body to manufacture healthy mucus. Plus, adequate hydration improves the function of all of your organs and helps your body to flush out accumulated toxins.

5. Exercise your lungs. Physical exercise like jogging, swimming or even brisk walking will encourage your lungs to expand and regain their elasticity. In addition, spend a few minutes exercising your lungs before you go to bed. While lying in bed, inhale slowly and deeply through your nose until your lungs can hold no more. Hold your breath for three seconds then exhale forcefully through your mouth. Repeat 20 times each evening.

Some more herbs, and some repeats

Cordyceps is a powerful lung tonic. There are herbs that can be used to purify the lungs- osha, lobelia and mullein are good for that. Green tea is good, too.


The above was what I pulled initially from this page, as it related to cleansing the lungs.

more here, Questions and answer page for lung issues

Steps Lungs go through after you stop smoking

An interesting link to find out more about how lungs work and what happens to them as you quit just days after

Herbs, Mullein, Uva Ursi, Coltsfoot for your lungs

"a tea of mullein, uva ursi, and coltsfoot is awesome for helping to heal the lungs, especially in smokers. Now I'm not saying this will get rid of ALL the nasty stuff built up in there from years of smoking, and I'm not saying it will repair all the harm done either... but if I were a smoker, and wanted to get my lungs as healthy as I could.. this is what I'd use :) I'd take 2parts mullein, to one part of each of the other two, and mix in a big jar and store in my shelf. (a part can be as much as you like... 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 cup etc) Then I'd take a teaspoon of the mixture, use a tea ball strainer to put it in, pour a cup of boiling water over it... and let steep for ten minutes. I'd drink this a couple times a day for a while."

The above excerpt is from Dr. Elise Wright, and it sounds like a great idea.

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Herbs-Health-3224/Clean-lungs.htm

Repair for lungs, smokers, etc.

Many people could use more ideas for how to help repair their lungs, or reverse the damage done by cigarette smoking, etc. Here is a blog dedicated to sharing the more natural remedies out there that I have found.

I hope it helps give you or your loved ones ideas of things to try. I know herbs are under-rated, and foods, etc. There has to be some small things that can be done to correct the damage that has been done. I know it can be done for the liver, sometimes, and other organs, so this is my search to help the lungs.

Credit to the blog or site where i found the information will be included, so you can see where I got the info. That is so that if I don't duplicate some of what I find and also because I will wonder about it later. :)

Take care of the wonderful gift of life that has been given to you.