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5 Alternative Remedies for COPD

13 Aug 2015
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Fighting Against COPD

After being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you will likely be prescribed daily medications and, depending on which stage you are in, supplemental oxygen. COPD is progressive, and available medications treat symptoms rather than the disease itself. You can take steps to help fight the disease. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Fight back with these tips to help improve your lung function, mood and quality of life.

Exercise

So you’ve come to terms with your diagnosis, left cigarettes behind, and wonder what’s next. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is stay active. If you were active in the past, continue to do so, even if you have to start small by walking around the house instead of sitting on the couch. Have your medications and emergency inhalers handy, and push yourself a bit. Exercise promotes lung function, and the more you can build your lung function, the better. If you haven’t been active in a while, try some beginner exercises. Of course, be sure to consult with your primary care physician before starting an exercise regime.

Eat Right

Just as important as exercise, your diet has a huge effect on your health and how you feel. A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal stated that a diet rich in antioxidants may protect against the progression of COPD and even improve lung function. Foods rich in antioxidants include: grapes, blueberries, nuts, dark green veggies, sweet potatoes, tea, whole grains and fish. It can be difficult to eat when you’re short of breath, and many of those with COPD find it easier to eat several smaller meals throughout the day. Be sure to stay hydrated to keep mucus thin.

Reduce Stress

When you’re stressed, experts recommend deep breathing to calm down. This can be frustrating advice when you feel stressed even thinking about trying to take a deep breath. First, acknowledge that you are stressed rather than trying to fight the feeling. Next, do something that gets your mind off of the stress. This will mean something different for different people. It could be saying a prayer, going for a walk, counting to 100, meditating, blasting music or watching a funny YouTube video.

Take Dietary Supplements

Some supplements have reportedly helped lung disease patients. Here are a few top supplements:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s decrease inflammation. They are found in fish oil capsules, flax seeds, fish and nuts.
  • Vitamins D and E: Both have been found to improve lung function in some patients.
  • Eucalyptus: The menthol properties of eucalyptus help clear the lungs, and adding some eucalyptus oil to your humidifier might help you to breathe more easily.

Stay Positive

Learning to live with COPD isn’t easy, but you aren’t the first, and you’re not in this alone. Doing even one of the tips listed above can help you enjoy a better quality of life. You don’t have to start off doing everything at once. If it seems overwhelming, pick one positive action, and build from there.

Many lung disease sufferers experience better quality of life after receiving cellular therapy from the Lung Institute. If you are interested in learning more about minimally-invasive cellular therapy, contact a patient coordinator today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you are a candidate for cellular therapy.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months of COPD patients.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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