Hi, there. Russell Winwood, the COPD Athlete here, again. Today, I want to talk to you about oxygen levels. As a person living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), I’m always on the lookout for information that can help me keep my oxygen levels high. After all, COPD makes it more difficult for my lungs to bring in oxygen, and I’ve learned that what I eat actually has a significant impact on my oxygen levels as well.
2 Ways Your Diet Can Impact Your Oxygen Levels
Now, I know many of you may be wondering how diet and oxygen levels are connected. Well, I can tell you, eating a lung-healthy diet that’s high in healthy fats, has a moderate level of protein and has a low carb intake has been very helpful for me and my oxygen levels. Unfortunately, many COPD patients don’t follow this type of diet, and as a result, their oxygen levels often suffer in one of two ways.
- Increased inflammation can affect your oxygen levels if you aren’t eating a lung-healthy diet. The diets of many people revolve around processed or fried foods that have been shown to increase inflammation. COPD patients already deal with higher lung inflammation as a symptom of this chronic lung condition, so foods that increase it even further are bad news. Increased inflammation in the lungs simply makes it harder for you to breathe and reduces the level of oxygen you have in your body.
- Bloating is another issue that often plagues COPD patients who aren’t eating lung-healthy diets. One common side effect of fried and processed foods is gas, and this gas can cause problems for your lungs. It causes problems because it increases the size of your stomach, and gives your lungs less room to expand. In turn, this affects your ability to take deep breaths and means you’ll be bringing in less oxygen.
For these 2 reasons alone, switching over to a more lung-healthy diet is something you should seriously consider. You should also consider this change because increasing your oxygen levels with the right diet can help you become more active, even while you’re living with COPD. You may even be able to reduce some of your COPD symptoms with a more lung-healthy diet.
Find the Lung-Healthy Diet for You at Lung Health Institute
More and more evidence is showing that the right diet is vital for chronic lung disease patients. That is why our Lung Health Institute health care team has developed 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans that offer information and tips about diet.
For instance, our plans include the opportunity to talk with a registered dietitian about what makes a lung-healthy diet. You’ll also get information about foods that may help your COPD symptoms, lung-healthy recipes, helpful supplements and much more. These plans are also designed to offer you several benefits. For instance, they’re intended to help you boost your immune system and train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.