As reported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 12 million adults are diagnosed at this time with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and another 12 million may be living with the disease but are unaware of it. It’s also worth mentioning that COPD generally hits in middle age, with smoking as the major risk factor. Continual exposure to chemicals and dusts also contributes to a high risk factor.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COPD, making healthier lifestyle choices can make a huge difference in the severity of symptoms. For that matter, eating a healthier diet can help an individual with COPD feel better, gain vital energy needed for breathing, and combat chest infections.
Follow the tips below to better manage the symptoms of COPD:
- Don’t skip breakfast. For an individual with COPD, breathing burns up to ten times more calories than it does for a person without COPD, so starting your day with a healthy and balanced breakfast can give you the calories and nutrients you must have for the day.
- Add more potassium. COPD patients taking diuretics will need more potassium. Try oranges, bananas, potatoes, and tomatoes to get the healthy potassium needed.
- Drink plenty of fluids, but hold the caffeine. Liquids help keep mucus in the air passages thin and less difficult to clear. Yet caffeine can conflict with some medications and may result in restlessness, so it’s best to stick to non-caffeinated liquids.
- Avoid foods that induce gas. Foods that cause gas and bloating, such as beans, fried foods, and carbonated beverages, may make breathing more difficult. To avoid COPD symptom flare-ups, stay away from these foods.
- Sodium can cause water retention, which makes it harder to breathe, so it’s best to avoid foods that have more than 300 milligrams of sodium per serving. Salt-free spices such as parsley, garlic, oregano, basil, curry, onion, rosemary and lemon juice are all suitable alternatives.
Live Well at Home is proficient in working with COPD patients and their family caregivers to help manage symptoms and make sure that the home is safe and free from irritants. Our in-home care in Roseville helps affected individuals manage COPD with education, exercise, nutritional support, psychological support and coping skills. Call Live Well at Home today at 916-459-3220 or contact us online to learn more about managing COPD symptoms. Serving Roseville, Sacramento, and the surrounding area, we’d love to partner with you to improve quality of life for your senior loved one!