Eat healthier, Breathe easier
For people with a lung disease, such as emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), eating a balanced and healthy diet is important to help with breathing and help fight infections and prevent illness.
Healthy Nutrition Tips:
Drink plenty of fluids
This helps to keep your airways clear of mucus. If you have a heart problem, talk with your provider about your recommended fluid intake amount.
Control your salt intake
Salt may keep fluids in your body. This may cause swelling and make breathing harder.
Caffeine can interfere with some medicines and may make you feel nervous.
Eat a variety of foods
This will help you get the nutrients you need. Make sure to include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy products.
Avoid overeating and foods that may cause gas and bloating
These foods may include fried or greasy foods, apples, dried beans, broccoli and cabbage.
Eat four to five small healthy meals a day
Large meals can make you feel full. This may make it hard to breathe.
Eat your main meal early in the day
This may give you more energy during the day.
Choose healthy foods that are easy to fix
Save your energy for eating. Make extra food and freeze it for quick meals.
Use your oxygen during meals (if you use oxygen)
Your body needs energy to eat and digest foods. This requires more oxygen.
Some people who suffer from lung disease may use up to ten times the calories of a healthy person just trying to breathe.