Foods for keeping your lungs healthy

To keep our bodies ticking over nicely, lung health is critical. It is a cog in the wheel that makes our bodies work effectively. If you suffer oxygen deprivation then it can be serious to your health leading to serious respiratory illnesses and conditions including pneumonia, COPD and asthma. These illnesses attack the lungs causing breathing difficulty. A good way to keep your lungs healthy is by eating a healthy diet. A healthy diet is long term investment to a better lifestyle. Your lungs don’t just need food, they need exercise too.

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Water is essential for healthy lungs. Dry lungs are prone to irritation.  Each day you should try to drink between six and eight glasses.

Fatty Fish

Fish high in fat is an excellent choice of food for healthy lungs as they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are linked with lung health.


Apples are the food for adults who want healthy lungs. Apples are effective for adults who want to focus on lung health. A team from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, studied the diets and lung function of more than 2,500 men aged 45-49. They found that good lung function was associated with high intakes of vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, citrus fruits, apples, and fruit juices.


Apricots are associated with healthy lungs due to their vitamin A content. The Office of Dietary Supplements notes that vitamin A supports respiratory tract linings, and may lower the risk of lung infections.


Broccoli is a highly antioxidant green vegetable with NRF2-dependent characteristics. As a result, EduBook notes that it is one of the best greens for lung health, especially in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.


Chicken, turkey, and other small poultry birds can benefit your lungs. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, these foods are high in lung health boosting vitamin A, and your body may absorb animal-based versions of vitamin A better than plant-based versions.


Walnuts are a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating regular servings of walnuts — about one handful daily — may help fight asthma and other respiratory ailments according to the “Journal of the American College of Nutrition.”


According to the American Cancer Society, beans can support lung health. Kidney, pinto, black and other beans are good sources of antioxidants, which fight off free radicals that may damage lungs.


Berries are rich in antioxidants, which the American Cancer Society notes protects lungs. Acai and blueberry are two of the top sources, but cranberries, grapes, and strawberries are also good for the lungs.

What can you do outside of diet?

You can also help keep your lungs healthy by making them stronger and more resistant to fatigue, which in turn could potentially help them fight off infection.

If you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma or COPD, then you could benefit from using a breathing training device such as POWERbreathe to exercise your breathing muscles, improving their strength and stamina. Breathing training has seen improvements in asthma symptoms by up to 75%, improvement in laboured breathing by 36% & quality of life by 21%.

Everyone can benefit from stronger breathing muscles, not just people with breathing problems. Breathing training is being used in fitness workouts and sports to enable people to reach their peak levels. By improving breathing, you increase your endurance, which means you can exercise harder with the same effort.

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47 thoughts on “Foods for keeping your lungs healthy”

      • Sir from past 5days I am having burn in in chest due to ulcer
        Can you please suggest me best food for reduce burn in chest
        I am 32 years old

        • Hello Ramakrishna and thank you for reading our blog and for your comment. I’m afraid we’re not medical experts and therefore not able to help in this regard. I would however recommend that you visit your general practitioner to make them aware of how you feel and they should be able to provide you with some nutritional advice, while also checking you out.

  1. My boyfriend has copd and I found this information helpful as I want to do everything I can to help him ♡

      • Thank you for your comment Anola. In the UK, the POWERbreathe Medic was made available for prescription in 2006 (but with very tight budgets, GP practices may not always find it possible to offer it on prescription). I’m afraid for all other countries, it will need checking with that country’s own healthcare provider. I’m sorry we can’t be more specific.

  2. It’s good to know that blueberries can protect the lungs since they are rich in antioxidants. My aunt has been having a lot of lung problems over the past year and we’re worried that it will get worse without any testing being done. We’ll be sure to make sure her diet is right while also finding a center that can do testing for her lungs.

  3. Thank you for being available. I found this article helpful in choosing some foods for my diet, and also, I learned about the POWERbreathe plus, which I believe, will improve the strength of my lungs.. ❤

    • Thank you Catherine for your comment. We’re delighted you found the article interesting. POWERbreathe IMT is scientifically proven to improve not only your breathing muscle strength, but also breathing stamina and reduce breathing fatigue so will be of benefit to everyone.

  4. Harbans:
    I will adhere to all the tips on diet and exercise, Powerbreathe is a new thing .
    I will ask the supplier for advice about its usefulness for a normal person like me.
    I will be doing all things recommended in your article regularly.Thanks.

    • Hello Harbans and thank you for your comment. If you have any questions at all about POWERbreathe, or would like to know if we have a distributor more local to you, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Best wishes to you.

  5. Thank you so much. I found this article helpful, especially since my husband has been diagnosed with COPD. This will be helpful to me as well.

    • Oh gosh you’re most welcome. We’re sending our best wishes to your husband at this challenging time of the pandemic, especially so for people with respiratory issues. I’m sending you a link to a leaflet we produced after POWERbreathe IMT was approved in the UK by the NHS for prescription, as it has a section in it about the use of IMT in people with COPD, so might be another interesting read for you: All the best to you both. Stay safe and well.

  6. I learned a few things from this article about some of the different foods that are good for lung health. Thank you for this information.


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