Smokers and people living in polluted cities inhale large volumes of smoke and pollutants each day. The smokes, environmental toxins and mucus accumulate in the lungs and block the airways, leading to breathing problems.
Lungs are one of the most delicate organs of the body. If steps are not taken to remove the toxic substances from the lungs, the pollutants building up inside the lungs will damage the lung tissues, leading to severe lung ailments and even lung cancer.
Clear lungs by coughing
Coughing is the natural method of eliminating toxins from the lungs. Through coughing the cilia removes the harmful substances and mucus from the lungs. Coughing is often a part of airways clearance technique. However, shallow coughing might not remove the mucus from the lungs. To clear your lungs you need deep and controlled cough. To do this, take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air. By contracting the upper abdominal muscles, remove all the air from the lungs through a single forceful cough. This process should be repeated two to three times to clear the lungs. However, forceful coughing should be avoided by people suffering from cystic fibrosis.
Deep breathing exercises
Deep breathing exercises could clean the lungs. Inhaling air through the nose and exhaling air through the mouth could effectively clean the lungs. The time taken to exhale air through the mouth should be longer than the time taken to inhale air. If you count three to inhale air, you should count six to exhale air.
Aerobic exercises that force you to breathe harder could help to clear your lungs. Brisk walking, cardio workouts and swimming are good for the lungs.
Mucus clogging the airways could be loosened by taking a suitable expectorant. Once the mucus loosens, it could be easily expelled through coughing. Hot and spicy foods could loosen mucus. Hot peppers, horseradish and warm beverages could break up the mucus. The thick mucus could be liquefied by inhaling eucalyptus, jasmine or peppermint essential oil. Cedar, myrrh and thyme essential oil could act as expectorant. You can massage the chest with a suitable essential oil several times a day.