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We all know that smoking is arguably the deadliest habit on the planet. That doesn’t stop a lot of us from doing it, though. Over 16 million people in the United States suffer from health issues caused by smoking. For every person it kills, a minimum of 30 people lives with a severe smoking related illness.

Even though we’re cutting back on cigarettes, they still linger. The damage it does to your lungs is often serious and irreversible. But for smokers and ex-smokers, you’re in luck! There is a drink that can help you cleanse your lungs of these toxins.

What’s in the Drink?

Three main ingredients make the drink work: turmeric, ginger, and onion. All three are packed with various health benefits, but combined they form a potent and tasty lung cleansing beverage.

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Turmeric is a spice from India that is widely known for its vibrant gold color. It’s also praised for its health benefits, as many as 600 of them! It’s high in minerals and vitamins and has anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties (source). If this spice isn’t a part of your daily life already, it should be!

Ginger is most commonly used for settling an upset stomach, but it can do so much more. One, in particular, is the ability to reduce excess mucus in your lungs, which can happen as a result of smoking (source).

Finally, onions have powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties (source). It’s been used to treat some cancers, showing it can inhibit further growth of the cells. Not bad for a vegetable that’s known for making you cry and being self-conscious of your breath.

How to make

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. of turmeric
  • 400g of onion
  • Thumb sized ginger root
  • 400g maple syrup
  • 1L of water

Preparation

  1. Mix the sweetener into the water and heat until boiling
  2. Chop the ginger and onion and add to the mixture, bring back to a boil
  3. Add the turmeric and lower the heat to medium
  4. Heat until there is only half the original amount left
  5. Strain what’s left into a glass container
  6. Let it cool to room temperature then place in the fridge
  7. Consume 2 tbsp. daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at least 2 hours after a meal
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Smoking may be addictive, but it’s never too late to quit. It won’t be easy, but it will benefit you in the end. This drink is a great start for smokers and a better one for ex-smokers. Try it yourself and start breathing a little easier!

Sources:

Healthy Food House. For All Smokers and Ex-Smokers: This Drink Will Cleanse Your Toxic Lungs! http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/smokers-ex-smokers-drink-will-cleanse-lungs/ Published: September 19, 2016. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

Yahoo Beauty. 10 Natural Alternatives to Sugar: How Healthy Are They Really? https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/10-natural-alternatives-to-sugar-how-healthy-are-they-93420596832.html Published: August 8, 2014. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

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Journal of Pharmaceutical and Scientific Innovation. Ginger with honey prevents TH2-mediates immune responses in a mouse model of airway inflammation http://jpsionline.com/admin/php/uploads/188_pdf.pdf Published: February 2, 2013. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

Cancer Letters. Anti-tumor and antioxidant activity of natural curcuminoids http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/030438359503827J Published: July 20, 1995. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

Korea Science. Effects of Onion Flesh and Peel on Chemical components, antioxidant and anticancer activities http://www.koreascience.or.kr/article/ArticleFullRecord.jsp?cn=SMGHBM_2009_v19n11_1598 Published: November 19, 2009. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

NCBI. A Review on Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Activity of Curcumin https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4022204/ Published: April 29, 2014. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

NCBI. Garlic and onions: Their cancer prevention properties https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4366009/ Published: March 8 , 2015. Accessed: December 5, 2016.

NCBI. The Amazing and Might Ginger https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/ Accessed: December 5, 2016.

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