You know how in the '50s they smoked inside, doctors smoked, pregnant people smoked and just about everyone thought it was the bees knees? What a time to be alive, and breathe in all that delicious smoke.
Obviously, times have a-changed, and basically everyone everywhere knows that smoking is not good for you. But that might not have stopped you from smoking, either. If you've been trying to cut the habit, props to you. Here's something that could help.
Not to freak you out or anything, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that over 480,000 death per year are attributed to cigarette smoking. 41,000 of those deaths are secondhand smoke related. So if you're not quitting for you, maybe you're quitting for someone else. Either way, keep on going.
The moment you decide to quit smoking, your health is already on the rise. Within one year of quitting smoking, risk of having a heart attack decreases. And within two to five years, the risk of having a stroke is reduced to the same risk that someone who doesn't smoke has. Alright, so it's probably time to quit. But what about the damage that's already been done to your lungs?
You've heard of juice cleanses, from all those hipster people who go to yoga and wear beanies and seem like they're really healthy. Well, you can also give your lungs a cleanse. There's a few magic ingredients out there that are proven to help restore your lungs after you've quit smoking, and you can mix them all up into a miracle drink.
There are several foods you can eat on their own that are going to help you on your journey of lung restoration. Pineapples have been proven to cleanse the lungs, which will allow you to take in more oxygen and start increasing their elasticity. So maybe it's time to accept that you're a person that has pineapple on their pizza.
But if you just can't stomach the idea of pineapples on pizza, then you can whip yourself up a lung cleansing drink. Chances are you have most of the ingredients sitting around in your home. You're going to need turmeric, water, ginger, honey and onions. Yum!
Alright, we know that's not the most delicious combo. But making your lungs healthy is worth it. Turmeric is going to cut back on the inflammation that has occurred in the cells in the lungs after someone has smoked for a period of time. It also helps to reduce the toxicity of the nicotine that's built up in the lungs.
Maybe your mom gave you ginger as a kid when your stomach was hurting. Well, she was a smart lady, because ginger helps to ease nausea, as a symptom of quitting smoking is often an upset stomach. It is also thought to help cut back on cigarette cravings, which, coincidentally, is also a symptom of quitting smoking.
Onions contain catechin, quercetin and epicatechin. Those are fancy words for flavonoid compounds that studies have shown may help prevent lung cancer. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties, and cut back on the free radicals floating around in your lungs. So there's no reason to cry over that.
Alright, so have you gathered all your ingredients? Good. You just have to bring a pot of water to boil, then add ginger root and turmeric to the mix. Then, grate in some extra ginger. Let all that detoxifying goodness boil in there. Then add honey to it, because it might not be the kind of thing you're used to drinking, and honey makes everything beter.
The end result is a yellow drink that's going to look somewhat like this. Cheers! Go ahead and drink up two tablespoons in the morning, and two tablespoons at night. That's right, you don't need to chug the stuff to get the health benefits.
Quitting smoking is an enormously difficult task, but we know that you can do it. And now you've got a new handy dandy drink in your arsenal that's going to help you quit, and get back on the road to recovery. Keep up the good work, and drink that delicious turmeric on the daily.