Foods for Lung Health

Foods for Lung Health | Lean and Green Body Blog

According to the American Cancer Society, every year more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Lung cancer is the second most prevalent cancer in both men and women.  

Stop smoking and eliminate second-hand smoke from your life, this will help decrease your risk of lung cancer. There is also a nutritional component that aids in reducing risk. “You are what you eat” eating foods that support the lungs and respiratory system can help to prevent disease and heal the lungs. 

Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and omega-3’s can help to prevent disease and illness. Eliminating processed foods and refined grains, fatty or processed meats and sugary drinks will keep your body healthy. 

“Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates

Nutritional support for lung health

Foods for Lung Health | Lean and Green Body Blog


Water plays a huge role in our health and aids in the elimination of toxins from our body. Pure water keeps our blood flowing, our lungs hydrated and the mucus flowing. It’s essential to keep the mucus at the right consistency for the cilia to move the mucus, along with toxins, out of our body. 

Garlic and Onions

This is a powerful anti-inflammatory duo that also helps to lower cholesterol and fight infection. 

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Ginger is vital for lung health. This spice is an anti-inflammatory and helps to eliminate pollutants and toxins from our lungs. 

Chili Peppers

These spicy peppers are loaded with capsaicin which has been proven to stimulate mucus membranes and to fight infection and improve blood flow. 

Cruciferous Vegetables 

Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts have been shown to decrease your risk of developing lung cancer and may even stop the progression of this disease. Cruciferous vegetables are packed with potent antioxidants and chlorophyll, helping to prevent any disease or illness.

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Pomegranates and pomegranate juice has been shown to reduce the growth and slow the progression of lung cancer. 


Tumeric contains curcumin, a chemopreventative agent, that protects the lung cells from toxins; thus preventing lung cancer and disease. Curcumin protects our airways from harmful chemicals and toxins.


Grapefruits contain a flavonoid called naringin, which has been shown to inhibit the activation of cancer. This citrus fruit also contains high amounts of lycopene, and is especially beneficial in cleansing the lungs and body after you quit smoking.

Foods for Lung Health | Lean and Green Body Blog


This root vegetable is rich in beta carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K which lower our chance of developing lung disease. 


Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 which help the lungs transfer oxygen.

In loving memory of my father-in-law, Chetan Khosla


Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.