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Every year, 41 percent of Americans make some type of New Year’s resolution. There’s no better time to make this level of commitment either because it gives you an entire 12 months to change the behaviors that you feel are somehow inhibiting your quality of life.
What kinds of resolutions can you make if your goal is to improve your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
Before we answer that question, it’s important that you first know that statistics indicate that those who make explicit resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. So, the mere fact that you’re clearly deciding to help your condition places you even closer to your desired results.
That being said, here are three resolutions that can make this year the year that can ultimately help your COPD.
According to research published in the European Respiratory Journal, one out of two smokers will eventually develop COPD. Though this is dire news, the silver lining in this cloud is that when you quit smoking, the risk is cut in half.
Most smokers will tell you that giving up cigarettes is the hardest thing they’ve ever done. However, SmokeFree.gov says there are a few things you can do to make this process easier. They include staying busy, avoiding your triggers, keeping a positive attitude, and asking for help to “get through the rough spots.”
Exercise More Often
Many people resolve annually to make exercise part of their regular routine in an attempt to lose weight. However, increasing your activity levels provides additional benefits, especially for people with COPD.
For instance, exercise helps lower your stress, which can help ease your COPD symptoms since constant tension can trigger COPD flare-ups or exacerbations. Regular exercise can also boost your immunity, making you more resilient against the latest bug.
If you’re new to exercise, get clearance from your doctor before you begin. Also, start slow to give your body time to adjust so you don’t hurt yourself.
Eat a Healthier Diet
The American Lung Association shares that having “the right mix of nutrients in your diet can help you breathe easier.” For individuals with COPD, this means a diet that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, with 20 to 30 grams of fiber daily.
You can also use your diet to benefit your COPD by limiting your sodium intake to reduce swelling and blood pressure, drinking lots of fluids to keep your mucus thin, and avoiding foods that increase mucus production (like dairy products and wheat).
Whether you decide to do one of these or all three, you’ll likely see the results in your ability to breathe easier.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.
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