My name’s Russell Winwood, and I’m one of the advisory board members for the Lung Health Institute. After being diagnosed with COPD in 2011, I’ve worked hard to make healthier diet and exercise choices that help me better manage my COPD symptoms. One thing that’s been especially vital to my own quality of life improvements has been my diet.
Five foods you should add to your diet if you have COPD
One aspect of my health that I’ve taken very seriously since my COPD diagnosis is my diet. I’ve tried many different diets, but I finally found an option that works for me. In fact, it helps me feel less breathless and more energetic. I want to help you find the same benefits from your COPD-friendly diet, which is why I’m suggesting five types of food you should add to your diet.
The first type of food you should add to your COPD diet is organic sources of protein. With so many types of protein available these days, choosing a good protein for you doesn’t mean you’ll only be eating chicken. Other options like fatty fish, such as salmon, beef and pork may also provide you with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that may help your COPD.
A second type of food you should add to your daily diet if you have COPD is plenty of organic berries and leafy green vegetables. As with your protein sources, it’s possible to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that may benefit your COPD. For instance, leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great for COPD patients because they contain helpful antioxidants and vitamins such as A, C, E, and K.
Another food type that I recommend you add to your COPD diet is dairy products. Some of the foods you may benefit from in this category include things like almond milk, and full-fat, organic cheeses and butter. Dairy products like these offer you great sources of necessary nutrients such as vitamins A, D and C as well as B vitamins and minerals.
The fourth type of food you should strongly consider adding to your COPD diet is healthy oils. There are several types of oil, such as corn and sunflower oil, that aren’t good for you to eat if you have COPD. However, there are also oils like olive oil and avocado oil that provide you with healthy fats, vitamins and other nutrients that may help your COPD symptoms.
The fifth type of food that I often recommend to my fellow COPD patients is raw nuts and seeds. This helpful food group includes choices like almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Nuts and seeds may be helpful for your COPD because they contain nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin B6, amino acids and protein.
By adding these five types of food to your diet, you may be able to reap several benefits. First of all, these foods may help your body better manage your COPD symptoms. Even more importantly, you may also be able to raise your energy levels, which may help you stay more active and improve your quality of life.
The Lung Health Institute can help you find ways to manage your COPD symptoms
Our health care team at the Lung Health Institute knows that there are many things that may help you manage your COPD symptoms better, and your diet is one of the most important things. To aid you in finding new eating habits that may help you manage your symptoms, we’ve created three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans. These plans are designed to help you take charge of your health by improving your gut health and training your body to fight inflammation by using fats as fuel.
Are you ready to find tools that may help you breathe easier™? Take the next step to find relief. Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.