People with COPD need to improve their eating habits. Balanced nutrition stops infections from your body. Maintaining good nutrition is easy and enjoyable if you choose the right food. The following diet tips are recommended.
Tip 1: Stay Balanced
Healthy diet features various foods. For COPD patients, you should add these to your daily diet:
low-fat protein foods (lean cuts of meat, oily fish…), complex carbohydrates (whole-grain bread, beans, and oats…), fresh fruits and vegetables, foods rich in potassium (bananas, oranges, avocado…).
Tip 2: Make a To-Avoid Food List
There are some foods to avoid for people with COPD.
Too much salt or sodium brings water retention, which is likely to affect your breath. It’s better for patients to eat without salt. Unsalted herbs and spices can work as alternatives.
Some Fruits and Vegetables
Patients should pay attention to the stone fruits like apples, apricots and peaches, as well as melons. Because they may cause bloating and gas.
There’s also a long list of vegetables may cause bloating and gas, such as beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn and onions. In a word, it’s up to your body. If it works well with those food and vegetables, you are free to eat them.
Avoid greasy and fried foods if it is possible. They will cause gas and indigestion, discomforting your breathing.
Tip 3: Remember What You Should Not Drink
Caffeinated drinks come first in your to-avoid drinking list as it interferes with your medication. So does the alcohol.
Patients should avoid coffee, tea, sodas, and energy drinks, such as Red Bull.
In addition to the should-not-drink list, people with COPD need six to eight (8-ounce) glasses of noncaffeinated beverages every day, making mucus easier to cough up.
Tip 4: Manage Your Weight
Diet and nutrition assessment plays a vital role in COPD treatment. Chronic bronchitis tends to make patients obese while emphysema usually brings underweight.
If you’re underweight, you will feel tired and weak easily. So a healthy diet with high-calorie snacks is recommended.
Overweight makes heart and lungs work harder, making breathing more difficult. You need to eat less gradually in terms of calorie and fat.
Tip 5: Make Easy and Small Meals
Smaller meals are good for patients with COPD, which help your stomach make room for lungs expanding, making breathing easier.
Five to six small meals per day is best, including a main meal early in the day.
You ‘d better prepare the food by yourself or your family for a better symptoms and complications managing. Sit up comfortably when preparing and eating, and avoid putting too much pressure on your lungs.