You may have heard that smoothies can be good for you, but chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients may not believe this is true for them. Hi, I’m Russell Winwood the COPD Athlete, and today, I’d like to let my fellow COPD patients know about 3 benefits of incorporating smoothies into your diet.
1. A Hefty Dose of Vitamins and Minerals
Smoothies are typically made using fruits and vegetables, and these foods can bring lung-healthy vitamins and minerals to a COPD patient’s diet. Keeping smoothies low carb is a way to get nutritional benefits without the inflammation of too much sugar. It’s best to avoid sugary fruits and stick with berries for that reason.
Blueberries contain lots of potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C and can be found in some great smoothie recipes. Spinach is also a component in a growing number of recipes for lung-healthy smoothies, and it can bring magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin E to your body. The vitamins and minerals like these can help COPD patients boost their immune systems, which can reduce the risk of developing a lung infection.
2. High Fiber Content
Since smoothies usually have fruits and vegetables in their ingredients list, they offer COPD patients a tasty way to increase their daily fiber intake. Getting enough daily fiber is important because fiber has anti-inflammatory properties, and this means it can help reduce inflammation in your lungs. Lung-healthy fruits and veggies like raspberries, strawberries, spinach and celery can all be used in smoothies to add a nice hit of flavor and fiber to your diet.
3. Lots of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are also important for COPD patients because they help the body fight back against molecules called free radicals that cause inflammation. Free radicals build up from the natural working of your cells, but smoking also brings in inflammation-increasing free radicals. Some of the antioxidants you can get from smoothie ingredients include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
Smoothies can be a way for COPD patients to get plenty of these antioxidants, and they can then go to work helping your body fight inflammation naturally.
Lung Health Institute Offers AI2™ Plans That Help Fight Inflammation
Lung Health Institute offers 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2, plans that can help COPD patients treat their condition. These plans include information about lung-healthy foods and recipes, exercise and natural supplements, and they’re designed to help boost your immune system naturally and train your body to begin using fats to fight inflammation.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact one of the patient coordinators at Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.