Cleaning your lungs after quitting smoking

Tobacco contains more than 4 000 chemical substances, including 50 carcinogens.

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December 11, 2019

The cigarette smoke settles on the bronchial tubes and lungs, causing a decrease in breathing and inhaled carbon monoxide disrupts the body's oxygenation. But, you have to know that contrary to some popular belief, it’s NOT irreversible, when you quit smoking your body can be clean from tobacco effects. Here are 6 tips that will clean your lungs if you quit smoking.


The well known and most effective on lung health. Onions are called antioxidants, they cleanse the toxins in your body, which helps fight cancer.

According to several studies, onions help to slow the multiplication of cancerous cells. Other vegetables of the same family have the same properties: garlic, shallot, chives and leeks.

Red, yellow, white and green onions have antioxidant properties.

  • However, yellow onions have a major source of vitamin C, selenium and quercetin (an antioxidant).
  • Red onion helps to fight cellular ageing, strengthen blood vessels, the epidermis and visual acuity.

Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium and vitamin E, which help fight cancer, especially lung cancer. These nuts are so rich in selenium and vitamin E that one a day is enough to clean your body. Selenium can also be found in other foods: seafood, brewer's yeast and egg yolk.


This fruit reduces the risk of cancer. Indeed, its acidity purges the lungs. Our advice, 4 glasses of grapefruit juice per week will effectively clean your lungs. 🌸


This plant has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which help to fight cough. Ginger also opens the bronchial tubes, which clean lungs. You should drink ginger and lemon infusions πŸ˜‹

A detox bath

  • Rosemary: Rosemary opens pores and eliminates toxins! Put an infusion of rosemary (2L) in your bath.
  • Coarse salt: Prepare a bath with 5 effervescent pills and 500g of coarse salt. The pills will open the pores and the coarse salt will remove toxins and nicotines.
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Mullein herbal teas

Mullein is a plant that increases respiratory capacity, removes excess mucus from the lungs, cleanses the bronchi, and reduces inflammation of the airways.

Our advice : consume it as a herbal tea. So don't wait, this plant cleans former heavy smokers’ lungs!

Come on, it's never too late to quit smoking!

Indeed, very quickly your body eliminates the harmful effects of tobacco!

  • πŸ‘‰ 20 minutes : the heart rate drops and returns to normal. Blood presure begins to drop, and circulation starts to improve.
  • πŸ‘‰ 8 hours: The amount of carbon monoxide in the blood decreases by half. Oxygenation of the cells drops.
  • πŸ‘‰ 24 hours: The risk of heart attack decreases. The lungs remove smoke residues. The body no longer contains nicotine.
  • πŸ‘‰ 48 hours: Taste and smell improve.
  • πŸ‘‰ 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier.
  • πŸ‘‰ 2 weeks to 3 months: Coughing and fatigue decrease. We're recuperating breath. It's easier to walk.
  • πŸ‘‰ After 9 months, the lungs have significantly healed. The delicate, hair-like structures inside the lungs known as cilia have recovered from the toll cigarette smoke took on them. These structures help push mucus out of the lungs and help fight infections.

The whole team wishes you good luck if you have decided to quit smoking or already stopped, and don't forget: Kwit is here to help you! πŸ’ͺ