Many people might say the smell of a barbecue grill is synonymous with summertime. However, patients with chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may think this isn’t an activity that’s possible for this condition. There are 2 tips you can follow that may help you get back to enjoying those warm weather barbecues even if you’re a chronic lung disease patient.
- Limit the Harmful Substances You Breathe In
One issue chronic lung disease patients have with barbecuing is that they may be exposed to several harmful substances. For instance, smoke is commonly produced by grills, and it contains pollutants and particles that can worsen your symptoms. To limit the amount of pollutants and particles in your grill’s smoke, consider switching to a gas grill rather than a wood or charcoal-burning grill.
It’s also a good idea to grill on days when the humidity is lower. This is because higher humidity can cause smoke to linger around the grill rather than dispersing, and this may cause you to breathe in more smoke-based pollutants and particles. You should also beware of grilling when pollen levels are high since pollen can also cause chronic lung disease symptoms to worsen.
- Grill Lung-Healthy Foods
Most people enjoy grilling their food because they may find it tastier when it’s prepared this way. However, it’s important that chronic lung disease patients also remember to stick to lung-healthy food options when grilling out. Some foods like hot dogs and sausage are best to avoid because of their preservatives.
The good news is that most protein options are good for lung health. For instance, minimally processed proteins such as beef, chicken, fish and shrimp are very tasty when grilled, and they can be flavored in ways that are both delicious and lung healthy.
Grilled proteins can also be combined with many nutritious grilled vegetables. Lung-healthy vegetables to try at your next barbecue include:
- Bell peppers
You can even combine lung-healthy grilled proteins and fresh vegetables into recipes like this one for grilled salmon and arugula salad.
Lung Health Institute Offers Helpful Treatment Options to Chronic Lung Disease Patients
There are many ways to supplement the chronic lung disease treatments prescribed by your doctor, and Lung Health Institute offers supplemental treatment options that may be helpful for you.
For one thing, we offer a minimally invasive treatment called cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken, and the cells are separated and concentrated. The concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, allowing patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
Our team also offers 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans that are designed to benefit chronic lung disease patients. For instance, these plans contain information that may help boost your immune system naturally. They are also designed to train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation at 855-882-1292.