What Smokers & Ex-Smokers Should Know

As a Holistic Nutritionist, my job is to prescribe vitamins to my clients related to their health issues and lifestyle; Also, my duty is to keep on researching for the latest updates of how vitamins affect people’s lives and whether they will enhance and prolong our life or not and the worse if they will be the reason of shortening it.

Unfortunately, I have been aware lately that smokers and ex-smokers CANNOT take antioxidant supplements such as vitamin A, E, and C because they could SPEED UP CANCER Progression, it is Shocking News “RIGHT!!!??”


What Did Researchers discover?

Supplements may speed the growth of tumors:

  • University of Gothenburg researchers found cancer spread more quickly in mice with the early stages of lung cancer, that were given Vitamin C
  • Researchers warn that Vitamin E and other common supplements could fuel lung cancer in smokers
  • Cancer Research UK, recently said that we should be able to get all the vitamins we need from a healthy diet, without resorting to supplements
  • Researchers advise smokers, lung cancer patients and people with bronchitis and other smoking-related lung conditions, to use Antioxidants with Caution
  • The warning was published in the journal “Science Translational Medicine”
  • There have also been concerns raised that antioxidants may interfere with cancer treatments.


So How To Protect our Lungs?

These last few hundred years have dramatically increased the number of toxic substances in the air you breathe inside and outside your home; Thus, it goes without saying that you should avoid smoking and highly polluted areas to keep your lungs healthy.

Your immune system attacks anything in your body that it recognizes as foreign- such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. The process is called INFLAMMATION.

When inflammation persists and becomes chronic, it can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s.

As per “Harvard Women’s Health Watch”, doctors are learning that to quell inflammation and clean our organs including our lungs, lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the Refrigerator.

Choose the right foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.


Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

  • Refined Carbohydrates: White bread & all food made with white flour
  • French Fries and other fried foods
  • Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
  • Margarine, lard, and shortening


As per Dr. Frank Hu (Professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health), these food are considered bad for our general health and contribute to weight gain which is itself a risk factor for inflammation.

Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet:

  • Tomatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Green Leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • Nuts like raw almonds and walnuts
  • Fatty fish like Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apple and oranges


You can also implement some of these habits in your daily or weekly routine to maintain optimal lung health:

  • Avoid Milk Products:

Most cows nowadays are treated with hormones to increase milk production. These hormones play a factor in the development of breast, prostate, colon, lung and other cancers. As per Dr. Mercola, certain breeds of cows produce milk containing a protein, which can stimulate mucus glands in both your digestive and respiratory tracts.

Also, professor Gary Null, in his “Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing” wrote: “ In all respiratory conditions, mucous forming dairy foods, such as milk and cheese, can exacerbate clogging of the lungs and should be avoided.”

  • Try Herbal Tea:

Enjoying a good cup of Herbal of Tea can help break up mucus, expel chest congestion and soothe inflamed airways. Drink a cup 2 hours before bed to clear the toxins you’ve breathed in throughout the day and help you relax before bed.

  • Try Grapefruit Juice:

It contains a powerful antioxidant “Lycopene” which may play a role in the prevention of lung cancer and help in the management of asthma symptoms.

  • Try Carrot Juice:

Drink between breakfast and lunch, a glass of fresh carrot juice with a bit of ginger and beets to clear your lungs

  • Try Cranberry Juice:

Cranberries help fight bacteria in the lungs that can cause infections.

Try the following foods to detox the Lungs:

  • Grapes:

Grapes help inhibit the release of compounds that cause inflammation on the cell lining of the lungs with the help of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in all grapes, with larger quantities in the red and purple varieties. Mostly concentrated in the skins of grapes, this powerful fruit can help aid the lungs and the whole body in many ways.

  • Pineapples:

The enzyme bromelain, found in pineapples, is believed to assist the lungs in moving debris and detoxing naturally. A glass of fresh pineapple juice helps prevent the build-up of mucus in the throat and lungs all while helping the lungs clear out the old garbage.

  • Celery:

Sodium is considered one of the important elements in the elimination of carbon dioxide from the body; as such a deficiency of vital organic sodium can result in bronchial and lung troubles. Get a rich source of organic sodium from celery and help the lungs perform better.

  • Cilantro (coriander):

Cilantro has long been known to aid the body in removing heavy metals, the accumulation of which has been linked to lung disease as well as main other conditions affecting the body.  The chemical compounds found in cilantro loosen toxic metals from the lung tissues by binding to them.

Like the brain, heart, kidneys and liver, we need our Lungs to live. Therefore, check out also this technique to help you nourish your lungs back to health:

The most advised method for detoxing the lungs is to practice regular breathing exercises. The act of even doing the most basic breath work on a consistent, daily basis will be most important for getting lung health back on track or maintaining lung strength and wellness. Better quality air will produce better results.



  • Breath Counting

If you want to get a feel for this challenging work, try your hand at breath counting, a deceptively simple technique much used in Zen practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward.

Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Ideally, it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.

To begin the exercise, count “one” to yourself as you exhale.

The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.”

Then begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation.

Never count higher than “five,” and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself up to “eight,” “12,” even “19.”

Try to do 10 minutes of this form of meditation.

Watch a video of Dr. Weil demonstrating Breath Counting.


Monique Helou

Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)

Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP)


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