Breate Easier With COPD

January 30, 2016 01:00 PM

The Food Connection

Breathing’s a good thing and many of us take it for granted. We only think about it when we’ve run up the stairs or suffered through a cold or allergy season. For people with COPD, breathing can be a constant effort, sometimes complicated even more by infection.

People with COPD can be so occupied with managing the condition, they forget some easy things that can make a positive difference in their breathing and overall health. Studies show that a healthy diet based on certain strategies can make a change for the better in COPD symptoms. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t skimp on protein because protein builds and maintains breathing muscles just as it builds abs and quads.
  • A diet heavy in carbohydrates and simple sugars can make symptoms worse. Stick to complex carbohydrates including whole wheat bread and pasta.
  • Eat 4-6 small meals which keeps the stomach from becoming overfull and pressing on your diaphragm. Have some easy or crock pot recipes ready for days when your energy is low. Don’t skip meals.

If you have COPD, your best source of information is your pulmonologist. Check with your doctor for individual guidelines about your diet and nutrition.

To find one of our offices near you, call: 855.385.HEAL (4325).

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