Foods and Spices for Respiratory Infections

One of our most popular blogs is ‘Foods for keeping your lungs healthy’, so we thought we’d give it an update and keep you posted with new information coming through that looks at how seven everyday foods and spices could help those with breathing problems avoid respiratory infection during the cold, winter months.

Please note however that this is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please always seek advice from your physician or health provider regarding a medical condition.

Echinacea

Echinacea is now one of the most popular supplements in Europe for fighting respiratory infections such as the common cold. Evidence shows that while it doesn’t prevent you getting a cold, it might help as a treatment in reducing the severity of cold and flu symptoms.

Elderberry

There appears to be evidence that elderberry boosts the production of some immune cells and may also unblock the flu virus’s ability to spread. Elderberry ranks among the most effective remedies for treating respiratory illness. In fact a study published in the journal ‘Phytochemsitry’ (2009) showed black elderberry extract to be at least 68% effective against swine flu (H1N1).

Garlic

Garlic has been used for centuries as an immune booster and natural remedy for respiratory disorders. It contains medicinal compounds, including allicin and sulphur-containing compounds that ward of disease. One systematic review study found that fewer people taking a garlic supplement went on to have a cold when compared to people taking a placebo. Garlic is used quite a lot in cooking, but if you’re not keen on the taste, you can also buy it in supplement form.

Ginger

Because ginger is packed with antiviral compounds, it’s excellent at preventing as well as treating respiratory ailments as it ‘disinfects’ the body. And ginger is so easy to add into your diet, as a tea or simply added freshly chopped to your food.

Oregano

Oregano, more specifically oil of oregano has been shown to work well at treating respiratory illness after it has already developed, and is considered a potent antibiotic and antiviral herb. Be careful and always check side effects and interactions.

Vitamin D

It has come to light recently (pardon the pun) that we in the UK are lacking vitamin D. The low levels of sunlight combined with covering ourselves in sun protection cream when the sun does come out, have resulted in this vitamin D deficiency. Such low levels have been shown to cause chronic illness, including respiratory illness.

You can learn more about government advice on vitamin D supplementation by visiting Pulse – At the heart of general practice since 1960

Vitamin C

As children we’ve all been told to eat an orange as it contains vitamin C which is a powerful nutrient for boosting immunity and warding off colds. There was a study conducted in Finland (2004) which found that respiratory patients who took vitamin C supplements were less likely to develop respiratory infections including pneumonia and the common cold. Try to take natural vitamin C that comes from ‘superfoods’ such as acerola cherry.

You can also help keep your lungs healthy by making them stronger and more resistant to fatigue, which in turn could help them fight off infection. POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training exercises your breathing muscles, improving their strength and stamina.

If you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma or COPD, then you could benefit from using POWERbreathe Level 1 (LR). It features an adjustable, light resistance for you to breathe against, and as your breathing strength improves, you simply turn up the resistance. Choose from the following models:

Everyone can benefit from stronger breathing muscles, not just people with breathing problems, and there is a POWERbreathe to suit everyone. We’ve listed the models above that would best suit people with breathing difficulties, and for those who don’t have a breathing problem you can choose from:

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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.

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Water

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

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

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

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.

Poultry

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

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.”

Beans

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

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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