You may believe fasting is only used during certain religious observances or with certain diets. However, there’s evidence that fasting may also help treat chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What Is Fasting?
Fasting is defined as willingly not eating, drinking or both for a specified period of time. There are many types of fasting that you may have heard of. For instance, an absolute fast is when you don’t eat or drink anything at all for a period of time. Juice fasts are a type of fasting where you only drink juice for several days or weeks. There is also a type called periodic fasting where you don’t eat or drink during certain hours of the day, such as overnight.
2 Reasons COPD Patients Should Use Fasting
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute suggests that fasting can be a powerful tool to help treat COPD. For one thing, fasting has been shown to improve insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is an issue where your body has too much insulin, which causes your body to ignore this important molecule.
You may be able to help your body fight insulin resistance with fasting because fasting causes your blood sugar to drop naturally, and this means your insulin levels will also drop and gives your body time to kick insulin resistance. Furthermore, lower incidents of insulin resistance have been shown to lower your body’s inflammation levels, which may help COPD patients Breathe Easier™.
Another way fasting may help treat COPD is by boosting ketone production. Ketones are molecules produced from fats, and they can be used for several things. One use they have is to provide your body with an alternative source of energy when your glucose levels are low. However, this molecule may also help patients with COPD because ketones also help your body remove toxins, and if you have fewer toxins in your body, you’ll have less inflammation.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Find Ways to Use Fasting to Treat COPD
At Lung Health Institute, we realize that fasting has benefits that may help treat COPD. This is why we made sure to include fasting as a key component of our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans also include useful information for COPD patients, such as supplements that may help boost your immune system. They may also help you learn how to train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Another type of COPD treatment we offer at Lung Health Institute is cellular therapy, and this treatment may help reduce lung inflammation and promote healing by using your body’s own cells.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.