COPD: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Low-fat protein foods such as lean cuts of meat, poultry, and fish
  • Whole grain foods such as whole grain bread, bran, brown rice, and oats. These foods are high in fiber, which helps improve the function of the digestive system.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which will help to keep your body healthy.
  • Foods containing high levels of potassium, including oranges, tomatoes, asparagus, and potatoes.
Foods to be avoided
  • Apples, avocados, melons brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, peas, peppers, soybeans, lentils can cause bloating and gas, which may lead to breathing problems in people with COPD.
  • Dairy products like milk and cheese, chocolates, fried foods
  • Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, soda

Yoga and Exercise

  • Walking is one of the best forms of exercise around.
  • Stretching- Stretching relaxes you and improves your flexibility. It is also a good way to warm up before and cool down after exercising.
  • Aerobic exercise- Aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular fitness, allowing your body to use oxygen more efficiently. Swimming, walking, climbing stairs, and dancing are all great aerobic exercises.
  • Resistance training- Working out with light weights is a good way to build strength.

Pranayama breathing techniques can help you to manage symptoms of breathlessness by strengthening the respiratory muscles. The following yoga postures can help people with COPD build strength and maintain flexibility.

  • Standing Mountain Pose
  • Standing Back Bend
  • Seated Forward Bends
  • Standing Side Bends

Music and Meditation

Sit quietly and count on your breathe this is the best way to relax.

Home Remedies

  • Avoid things that can irritate your lungs, such as smoke and air pollution
  • Use an air filter in your home
  • Get regular exercise to stay as strong as you can
  • Eat well so you can keep up your strength

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