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6 Great Foods if you Have Emphysema

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When you have a chronic lung disease like emphysema, a goal is to get the most nutrition out of the least volume of food. Breathing can take 10 times the calories for someone with a lung disease compared to someone without a disease.

Often times people find themselves getting fatigued while they eat, or they have trouble breathing because they ate too much.

Here are some mealtime tips and comments:

  • Eat smaller meals more often.
  • Four to six small meals during the day, instead of three large meals
  • You won’t be full or feel full.
  • Requires less energy to eat smaller meals.
  • Less fatigued and better able to get what you need from the food you eat.
  • Finally, relax and rest before you eat.

You want to make the meal-time process as easy as possible. Not just in what you eat but how you eat. You want to avoid foods that could cause inflammation because your body has to tend to the inflammation and will have less energy to work on the lungs.

Here are six suggestions:

Oatmeal

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Here is a great food to start your day, hot oatmeal. It’s rich in fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin A. Make it with milk instead of water and it’s even better for you. The high fiber content helps you feel full with fewer calories. Top it with berries instead of sweeteners to keep the calorie count low.

Say Cheese

Add cheese to dishes like potatoes, rice, or vegetables. This will increase the nutrient value and the caloric value of any meal. You are also getting extra calcium to help protect your bones, which can become brittle by some of the medicines prescribed for COPD. To save a few calories and still have cheese, check the labels for “part-skim” or “reduced-fat.”

Eggs Offer a Calorie Boost

A great and tasty way to boost your calorie intake is adding an extra egg to your recipes. Mix a whole egg into your next meatloaf before baking. Or try it in macaroni and cheese.

Shakes and Smoothies

Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D are essential for keeping bones healthy. That’s why milkshakes and smoothies are the perfect snacks for many people with COPD. Use milk or, if counting calories, yogurt to start the recipe and fresh fruit really adds nutrients and fiber. Canned, fortified shakes are no-fuss drinks that are easy to have on hand. These drinks are ready to be used straight out of the fridge.

Starchy Vegetables

Starchy vegetables like beets, corn, carrots, and winter squash are rich sources of vitamins and minerals. They are at the top of the vegetable list for having more calories than other vegetables. A good vegetable soup can be a complementary side dish or a main course. Fruits and vegetables also take the least amount of energy to digest and give the body the most energy to function.

Protein at Every Meal

It may sound like a blast from the past, but peanut butter can pump up your intake of both calories and protein, with little time or energy is wasted on preparation. Protein is important at every meal for people with COPD. Good sources include eggs, lean meat, fish, poultry, legumes, and nuts.

Success comes from knowing what foods are good and what foods are bad and how your body and your lungs react to them. Keep track of your diet and incorporate as many of these items as you can into your daily nutritional plan.

For more information on cellular therapy and what it could mean for your life, contact us today or call us at (800) 729-3065. Our patient coordinators will walk you through our available treatment options, talk through your current health and medical history and determine a qualifying treatment plan that works best for you.

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12 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Shane:

    Thank you for your comment and question. We are sorry to hear about your condition. If you have been diagnosed with a lung disease we may be able to help.

    We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. SHANE HERTZ

    4 months ago

    I’m 57 yr OLD MALE NONSMOKER, MY O2 IS RUNNING AROUND 93-4, BUT DROPS TO 88-89. THAT IS WHEN MY I STRUGGLE TO BREATH AND MY BODY IS FORCING ME TO COUGH FOR ABOUT 1 HR PRETTY NEAR NON STOP. IVE HAD XRAY ON LUNGS, BLOOD TESTS FOR INFECTIONS, HEART SIDE OF THINGS CHECKED OUT REALLY GOOD, A C-T SCAN ON LUNGS, ALL CAME BACK GOOD. BUT I CANT TALK OR WALK AROUND HOUSE WITHOUT RUNNING SHORT OF AIR. ITS BEEN A MONTH NOW, WITH AMOXOCLAVIN AND STEROIDS
    HELP ME, PLEASE.

  3. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    J:

    We are sorry to hear about your condition. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We collect patient outcomes data, and 84.5% of patients included in the study report an improvement in their quality of life after receiving treatment from a Lung Institute clinic.

    We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We have five clinic locations in the United States, so, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. J leggett

    5 months ago

    I live in england and have been told my steriod inhaler ive been taken for years is causing my infections not helping them so given me another inhaler to take when ive finished my other inhaler and just left me high and dry lung specialist said carry on not smoking eat well excersise and id die of something else no follow up appointments just bye feel so let down in only 58 i shouldnt have to think about dying yet but i do

  5. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Linda:

    Thank you for your comment and question. Unfortunately, we don’t know of any way to get medications without a doctor’s prescription. As for your medical condition, again, that is something that it would be best to see your primary doctor or specialist.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Julie:

    We are very sorry to hear about your medical condition.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Linda

    5 months ago

    I have had emphysema For the past 17 years.used to see a pulmonologist till ins. Ran out so I haven’t seen a Dr in a very long time.haven’t had any real problems.I was exposed to second hand smoke everyday for about a month.since then I’m coughing up more like clear watery fluid that you can hear in my chest and in the mornings l cough up some green but only in the a.m.. Did the second hand smoke do this or is it just part of the disease.? I’m 62 and I don’t want to die and I know nobody does but there’s got to be something. Is there a way to get meds for this when you can’t see a Dr?

  8. Julie A Lefler

    5 months ago

    I had a infection they went in peeled lung 2 years latter other lung got cancer took part out I have never gained weight from first operation 89 lbs I eat I am scared look horrible I do have emphazima

  9. Lung Institute

    6 months ago

    Donna:

    Thank you for your question and we are sorry to hear about your condition. Now would be a perfect time to call one of our patient coordinators to discuss cost of treatments. You do not have to be wealthy, though you are correct in that insurance does not cover it.

    However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about cellular treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Donna Renard

    6 months ago

    I also have COPD I am not ready to.leave this earth. I don’t understand why insurance’s won’t pay for it look how much THEy pay to keep us going
    .does the surgery cost so much that we can’t even think about having it unless we are very wealthy. I sure not.

  11. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Denise:

    Thank you for your email. The term COPD can mean one of two possible lung diseases. Normally, it is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but it can also mean one or the other.
    Chronic bronchitis involves a long-term cough with mucus.
    Emphysema involves damage to the lungs over time.

    So, technically there could be a difference. We would suggest getting clarification from your doctor on what she meant.

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment, candidacy and cost. We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Denise

    8 months ago

    I have c o p d . I think im in stage 2-3. I usually have resportoy failure once a year. Im on 3inhalers, sleep with 3 liters of oxygen, and nebulizer. Last year i was in The hospital and needed 12 liters to walk and 6 liters sitting still. . I know people with c o p d can only have a certain number of liters of oxygen. I asked my lung dr how can i be using so many liters? Im sure she was kidding but she told me i didnt have that type of c o p d???????? Um………isnt there only 1kind of c o p d? I just turned 60. Im afib too. Im not healthy but i need to live long enough to see my grandkids have kids. I can only pray. I have no money so untill insurance pays for cell, i will just keep going.

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