A lot of people are former smokers because they didn't know better (or didn't care about the health consequences when they were younger). If that includes you, I'm thrilled that you stopped. And now that you're interested in living as healthfully as you can, it can be frustrating to be regularly reminded of the damage smoking has done to your lungs. But I have good news. With the right diet, you can actually reverse some of that damage. And if you've never smoked, this diet can still help you maintain strong lung function as you age.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health have been reviewing the lung function of both former smokers and non-smokers. Over a 10-year period, they've evaluated the diets of over 650 participants and asked them to complete two standard lung function tests: Forced Exhaled Volume and Forced Vital Capacity. These tests measure how much air a person can exhale in one second and how much they can inhale in six seconds, respectively.
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After controlling for a variety of factors, including age, height, sex, body mass index, socio-economic status, physical activity, and total energy intake, the researchers still found some dietary elements that could make a significant difference. The researchers found that people who ate more than two tomatoes or more than three servings of fresh fruit a day experienced a much slower decline in lung function compared to those who ate less than one tomato or one serving of fruit daily.Interestingly, those who ate the most tomatoes had the slowest declines in lung function regardless of whether or not they had ever smoked, indicating that such a diet may actually be able to repair smoking-induced damage.
You've probably never heard it said that a tomato (or two) a day keeps the doctor away, but this study indicates that could be the case. I think it's a great idea to work tomatoes and fresh fruit into your diet whenever possible. Add fresh tomatoes to a sandwich or salad, or simply enjoy them on their own.
If you really don't like tomatoes (or you just want to add an extra layer of insurance), consider making Advanced Greens Formula a regular part of your routine as well. It's packed with 22 certified organic super foods, enzymes, and probiotics, including tomatoes and a variety of fruits. It's an easy way to get a plethora of nutrients into your diet. And it just might help you breathe a little easier.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD