What does good nutrition have to do with lung disease? A lot, actually! What you eat and drink can have a big effect on your breathing, especially if you’re living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—or COPD, for short.
COPD is a progressive lung disease which can make breathing very difficult. So difficult, in fact, that some say it feels like having to breathe through a drinking straw. It can also cause fatigue, coughing and wheezing, swelling in the ankles/feet/legs, frequent infections, and weight loss.
Here are a few reasons that nutrition really does matter for people living with COPD:
- Because breathing is difficult for people with COPD, your body may require additional energy. You get energy from the food you eat, so it’s important to not only eat enough, but to eat the right kinds of food.
- Maintaining a healthy weight and getting adequate vitamins and minerals from food can help your body fight off infections, which is critical for people living with COPD.
- Some medications used by people living with COPD can lead to bone loss. A nutritious diet can help keep your bones strong and healthy.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with COPD? We’ve created a quick guide to help you breathe easier! The guide contains easy-to-implement nutrition tips and two COPD-friendly recipes from the Project Angel Heart kitchen.