Medical experts agree that proper nutrition is vital for a body to fight chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but they aren’t always in agreement on what exactly the proper nutrition is for people with chronic lung conditions. However, a growing body of evidence suggests proper nutrition trains your body to use fats for fuel instead of carbs, and using fats for fuel may help fight inflammation more effectively.
Two reasons burning fats may help your body fight inflammation
Inflammation is one of the most troubling symptoms for patients with chronic lung diseases. This is because high levels of inflammation can make it more difficult to breathe. Carbs don’t really help lower the inflammation in the body either since they contain sugars that only fuel the body’s inflammatory response when eaten in excess.
On the other hand, training your body to burn fats for energy may actually help reduce inflammation in the lungs. For one thing, fats aren’t broken down into sugars like carbs are. They break down into molecules called ketones, and ketones provide the body with energy without creating an inflammation-increasing blood sugar spike.
Another reason burning fats is better for chronic lung disease patients is ketones help remove toxins from the body. Toxins enter the body every day in the air we breathe, the food we eat and even in the water we drink. For chronic lung disease patients, having toxins in the body can be particularly bad because toxins increase inflammation. If your body is burning fats for fuel and creating ketones, toxins may be much less of a problem since ketones allow the body to more effectively flush out toxins.
The Lung Health Institute can help you find ways to burn fats and reduce inflammation
At the Lung Health Institute, we know training your body to burn fats may help reduce your lung inflammation. In fact, we offer three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans that contain tips and tricks to help you do just that. These plans may even help you boost your immune system so you can avoid symptom-exacerbating secondary infections.
We also offer other treatments that may help you reduce inflammation, such as cellular therapy. When you receive cellular therapy (PRP-PC), a sample of your own blood is taken, and helpful cells in your blood are separated and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into your bloodstream through an IV and pumped into the lungs by your heart. Once in the lungs, they may work to repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, which may allow you to Breathe Easier™ and improve your quality of life.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.