The Lung-Cleansing Drink That Every Smoker And Ex-Smoker Should Try
Smoking is a problem, let’s face it. Despite what big tobacco corporations say, it is. It is not only addictive, but also highly damaging to the lungs. The smoke all but chars the internal tissue of the alveoli and long term smoking is one of the major causes of cancer.
The reason behind its addictive nature is the nicotine, an alkaloid, which when inhaled as smoke gives a temporary sensation in the brain of relaxation. In fact tobacco smoking started among the Apaches of America as a hatchet-burying activity; done to seal truces.
The damage done to your lungs however is more often than not, major and irreversible. This makes it a very risky and self-destructive habit. This elixir aims to try and salvage whatever little lung tissue it can from the damage. It has three readily available ingredients only and is quite tasty too. The ingredients are ginger, onion and turmeric.
Turmeric has the active principle curcumin which is a cleansing agent, used in Indian rituals and medicine. It is one of the stars in the Indian book of medicine, Ayurveda. It is also used as a condiment and preservative as well as an antibacterial ingredient in Ayurvedic soaps.
Gingeris a common spice and condiment which is used in Chinese, Indian and also Western cooking. It is a decongestant that is used in throat lozenges and tea. It reduces the amount of mucus in the lungs and clears out pulmonary pathways.
Onions are anti-inflammatory and heal tissue. They were used in Ancient Egyptian medicine. Despite the bad breath it gives you, it is anti-carcinogenic and rich in anti-oxidants.
The fourth ingredient is a steel-will bent on quitting smoking. It is a bad habit and it’s high time you do let it go and live healthy.
How to make it:
(It’s a lot in quantity, but you can store it and use it.)
Take a pound of maple syrup and a pound of onions (chopped up fine). Put the syrup and water together and bring to a boil. Add the onions and ginger (a thumb size would do. Peel and chop). Once it reduces to half the original amount, put in a tablespoon of turmeric and reduce the flame to medium. Put a lid on.
After a while, strain the contents into a jar and store.
The resultant liquid is a sweet and umami potion that will heal your lung’s scarred tissue, resulting from your smoking habit.
Ideally the dosage is a couple of tablespoons after you wake up and before you go to sleep. Now the thing to remember here, is that it doesn’t give you a free licence to go tobacco-bingeing and hope for the syrup to do its wonders.
Doesn’t work that way. Precaution is always better than cure and you have to help the syrup work by quitting smoking as much as you can along with taking this syrup.
Try weaning yourself out by any means possible.