Eat Your Way to Healthier Lungs

Feed your lungs right.

You know to avoid smoking (and secondhand smoke), but here's another way to show lungs some love: Chow down on high-fiber foods.

A May 2016 study found they can boost lung function and lower the chance of problems like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Experts speculate that as the good bacteria in your gut digest fiber, they produce a powerful by-product that may reduce lung inflammation. Now that's a superfood.

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How to Reap the Benefits

To get the payoff, aim for at least 17.5 grams of fiber daily. These sources will help you get the best bang for your buck:

  • broccoli
  • beans
  • berries
  • split peas
  • lentils
  • almonds
  • artichoke

Happy eating!

This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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