10 Foods You Should Eat for Healthier Lungs

All the more reason to get more fiber.

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 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

A dose of vitamin C could help too, according to a . "Apples, bananas, and tomatoes are chock-full of cell-protecting vitamin C — plus other phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals — that have been linked to preserving lung function in ex-smokers," says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the GolfHr Institute.

Happy eating!

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

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