5 foods that are good for respiratory health


In the National Cancer Registration Statistics (2019) released on the 29th, lung cancer surpassed gastric cancer to become the most common cancer in Korea, and foods that are good for the lungs and bronchial tubes are attracting attention. It doesn’t take effect right away, but it helps if you take it for a long time. Of course, you should make efforts for respiratory health in your daily life, such as paying attention to air pollution, fine dust, and cooking smoke along with smoking cessation.

◆ bellflower

Bellflower has been widely used not only as food but also as folk remedies and medicines since ancient times. It greatly increases the secretion of mucus in the airways, the path through which air passes when breathing, helping to reduce the amount of contaminants entering the body. It is good for reducing cough and phlegm and reducing fever. It is also rich in calcium, iron and vitamins. Bellflowers have many fine roots, so you should buy ones that are split into original roots. Compared to domestic products, imported products have few fine roots and many of them do not even have split original roots.

◆ Deodeok

Deodeok also contains a lot of saponins, so it is good for coughing, sputum, and asthma accompanied by chest pain. The ‘inulin’ component of deodeok helps to control blood sugar and helps prevent and manage diabetes. It lowers blood pressure and helps to reduce cholesterol in the blood. Deodeok is an alkaline food rich in minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. When purchasing a deodeok, you should choose one with white and thick roots and a straight whole body. The Chinese deodeok is thick, bumpy, and has a weak flavor. The head is 2~3cm long and has many wrinkles and deep valleys.

◆ Pear

Pear has been used as a medicine for cough and asthma since ancient times. Honey and bellflower were mixed and eaten to protect the respiratory system. It has a lot of quercetin and soluble dietary fiber that are good for lung and bronchial health, so it prevents the inflow of pollutants into the body. It has the effect of excreting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogenic substances produced when grilled food is burned, out of the body. You can get more nutrients when you eat pears with their skins, and the antioxidant power that slows down the damage and aging of the body increases up to 5 times.

◆ apple

Apples are also rich in Quercetin. It helps to protect the lungs from air pollution and cigarette smoke by strengthening the lungs and bronchi. Dietary fiber helps prevent arteriosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, and other vascular diseases by discharging triglycerides and bad cholesterol that accumulate in blood vessels out of the body. It boosts metabolism and promotes gastric juice secretion, helping digestion and absorption, and contributing to bowel movements.

◆ Dried persimmon

The white powder on the surface of dried persimmons unexpectedly contributes to respiratory health. It is good for protecting the bronchi and lungs and reducing cough and phlegm. The astringent tannin helps to discharge the accumulated nicotine in the smoker’s body and prevents high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. It protects the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines and helps relieve diarrhea symptoms. However, since it contains more calories and sugar than persimmons, diabetic patients or those on a diet should avoid overeating.

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