If you have trouble breathing, daily activities – even eating a meal – can be a challenge. Healthy eating is particularly important if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common lung condition that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Healthy foods are essential for COPD patients, and so is knowing how to eat effectively.
Right place makes eating an enjoyable experience. Find a comfortable one and relax during meals. You may sit with friends or family or even alone, any of those that works best for you. Let’s include a favorite food of yours in each meal.
You may find preparing and eating meals complicated and strenuous, that’s when you turn to “easy foods”. They are among easy-to-prepare ones and can fit in with many recipes. Store some leftovers so that you won’t feel prep takes time.
Eating can increase the body’s demand for oxygen, so if you use oxygen supporting machine, continue to use it during your meal. Also, any medication that helps improve breathing should be taken before eating.
Eat smaller meals
A full belly can press back against the diaphragm, making breathing harder. Therefore, you should have small meals at several fixed times a day. Get the nutrients and fuel you need in smaller doses by spreading your day’s eating out over six small meals.
Eat your biggest meal early
If you like to have a main meal during the day, eat it earlier in the day. The food will give you energy for the rest of the day, and you won’t have to expend extra energy to eat a larger meal at the end of the day when you are already tired.
Don’t drink while eating
Try to hold off on drinking until the end of the meal, so you won’t get full too fast. A beverage before or during a meal can fill you up more quickly. It’s not a bad idea to get your liquids from nutritional supplement shakes consumed between meals.
Ban the bloat
Foods like broccoli, cabbage, and beans can cause gas and fried and greasy foods can lead to bloating. The pressure on your lower belly from both will make breathing more difficult, so eat only small amounts of these and other gas-forming foods.
Get some variety
To get all the nutrients and vitamins you need, make sure to eat a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, and meats. Foods high in antioxidants like berries and nuts may be especially helpful; a limited amount of research suggests these foods may be beneficial to lung health.
Eating right may help boost your energy when you have COPD. If you’re losing a lot of weight, a few “comfort foods” may return to your diet. A healthy nutrition and a right eating way will help your health recovered more steadily.
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