As shared by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, nearly 12 million adults are currently diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and it is also estimated that another 12 million may possibly be living with the disease and not even realize it. It’s also worth mentioning that COPD frequently hits in middle age, with smoking as the primary risk factor. Regular exposure to certain types of dusts and chemicals also contributes to a heightened risk factor.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COPD, making healthier lifestyle choices can make a significant difference in symptom severity. For that matter, eating a healthier diet can make those with COPD feel better, gain the required energy needed for breathing, as well as combat chest infections.
Follow these tips to learn how to help COPD symptoms:
- Don’t skip breakfast. For a person with COPD, breathing burns off 10 times more calories than it does for a person without COPD, so starting your day with a nutritious breakfast can give you the calories and nutrients needed for the day.
- Consume more potassium. COPD patients on diuretics tend to require more potassium. Try oranges, bananas, potatoes, and tomatoes to get the healthy potassium needed.
- Drink plenty of fluids, but eliminate the caffeine. Liquids help keep mucus in the air tract thin and easier to clear. But caffeine can conflict with some medications and may trigger restlessness, so stick with non-caffeinated liquids.
- Avoid gas-triggering foods. Foods like beans, fried foods, and carbonated beverages can produce gas and bloating may make it harder to breathe. Try to refrain from consuming these kinds of foods to stave off COPD symptom flares.
- Sodium leads to water retention, which makes it tougher to breathe, so it is best to stay away from foods that have greater than 300 milligrams of sodium per serving. No-salt spices including garlic, basil, oregano, curry, onion, parsley, rosemary and lemon juice are all suitable alternate options.
Regency Home Care is proficient in working with COPD patients and their family members to manage symptoms and verify that the home is safe and free from irritants. Our in-home care helps patients manage COPD through education, exercise, nutritional support, psychological support and coping skills. Call Regency Home Care today at 678.999.2446 or contact us online to learn more about managing COPD symptoms. Our Roswell home care team is available to partner with you to improve quality of life for your senior loved one!