Diet Guidelines for Lung Heat Patterns

The Lung Organ Network includes aspects of our immune system.

A diagnosis of Lung Heat often means that our immune system needs additional support.

Foods that remove heat and protect the Lungs are recommended.

  • Lightly cooked foods and some raw fruits and vegetables are included because of their cooling nature.
  • Because most animal sources of protein are heating in nature, these should be replaced with vegetarian protein options.
  • The diet should also include plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups, and should avoid overly oily, spicy or hot dishes.
  • Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.

 Specific foods for Lung Heat

  • Millet, wheat, barley
  • Tofu, tempeh, soy milk, mung beans,
  • Celery, spinach, swiss chard, cucumber, lettuce, radishes, asparagus, eggplants,
  • Cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, watercress, mung bean sprouts, carrots, pumpkins, daikon radish, bamboo shoots, turnips
  • Apples, pears, watermelon, peaches, strawberries, lemons, grapefruit, mangos, persimmons
  • Peppermint, chrysanthemum flowers, kelp, spirulina

Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi
  • Coffee, vinegar, mustard, horseradish, chocolate, tea
  • Lamb and large amounts of other red meats, shrimp, prawns, cheese
  • All fried foods, BBQ’d foods, cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants