Hello friends, and happy holidays! It’s Russell Winwood here with another helpful holiday season post. For many people, the phrase “holiday cheer” is synonymous with some form of alcoholic beverage. From eggnog to mulled wine, the holiday season is brimming over with drink-based cheer, and just because you have COPD, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little of that cheer, too.
Tips for enjoying some beverage-based holiday cheer with COPD
COPD patients are often cautioned by their doctors to limit their alcohol intake, and there are a variety of reasons that this is good general advice. One reason is that most forms of alcohol are high in sugar, which like other carbohydrates are known to increase inflammation. Other forms of alcohol, such as wine, contains lung-irritating substances like sulfites that are a natural result of the fermentation process.
In spite of these reasons, you may still be able to indulge in a small amount of holiday cheer, even if you have COPD. Partaking in alcoholic holiday beverages may be possible for you if you keep four things in mind. First, dry red wines are probably the best choice of beverage if you have COPD. This is because these wines tend to have lower amounts of sulfites in them than white wines or other forms of alcohol.
The second thing for you to keep in mind when choosing your holiday cheer is that decanting your wine is a good idea. Decanting your wine and allowing it to breathe for a while can actually be very helpful if you have COPD and you want to drink a holiday glass. By allowing your wine to breathe in a decanter, you’ll allow excess sulfites to escape before you drink, and it may help to reduce your chance of inflaming your lung tissues with these chemicals as well.
Thirdly, it’s important that you pick where your wine comes from carefully if you want to drink some during the holidays. Wines produced by small wineries that use organic growing practices tend to be better picks if you have COPD. This is because such wineries also tend to make wines that have lower levels of sulfites than mass produced wines. However, it’s important to note that you’re likely to lose this advantage if you don’t drink the wine within 18 months of it being bottled.
The fourth, and final, thing to keep in mind if you want to indulge in some holiday cheer this holiday season is to keep your portions small. While you may be able to get away with drinking one or, at the most, two glasses of an appropriate wine, drinking too much is still likely to increase your inflammation levels. Therefore, you may want to limit your wine intake and try not to drink alcohol two days in a row. By keeping all of this advice in mind, you may be able to partake in a little holiday cheer even if you have COPD.
The Lung Health Institute wants to help you find ways to beat your COPD inflammation
The holidays are a time for having fun with friends and family, and not a time when you want to be dealing with a worsening of your COPD symptoms. The team at the Lung Health Institute is well aware of this, which is why they offer several natural COPD treatments that may help you reduce your inflammation. One of these treatment options is cellular therapy, and it uses cells from your blood in ways that may help you reduce your inflammation. Their team also offers three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans that may also help you lower the levels of inflammation in your lung tissues. Contact the Lung Health Institute to schedule your free consultation today.