Nutritional Support for Better Breathing
People with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or emphysema) face a number of nutritional challenges. You may be malnourished, because it takes so much energy just to take a breath! But you may also be overweight, with too much body fat and not enough muscle, which makes it even harder to breathe. There are some things you can do to help yourself that you probably won’t hear from your doctor unless he’s got an interest in alternative or nutritional therapies. The following suggestions are appropriate for just about everyone with COPD.
1. Eat smaller, nutrient-dense meals. Eat your biggest meal of the day when you are least tired.
2. Take a high-antioxidant multi-vitamin to make up for nutritional deficiencies and to protect what’s left of your lungs. Vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E are particularly important.
3. Take CoQ10 to improve oxygenation of blood and muscle metabolism.
4. Take supplemental fish oil and green tea extract to reduce inflammation in your lungs.
5. If you need to take steroids to control your COPD, make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D to protect your bones from steroid-induced osteoporosis.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: COPD is a challenging condition that can sap your energy and strength. Give yourself the nutritional support you deserve to have a better quality of life.
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