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Avoid These Foods with Lung Disease

16 Oct 2015
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Avoid These Foods with Lung Disease

Avoid These Foods with Lung Disease

Eating healthy can be difficult. However, when people suffer from illnesses adversely affected by diet, finding something nutritious that’s “allowed” can be discouraging. For people with chronic lung diseases, certain foods can trigger symptom flare-ups, so before reaching for whatever looks tasty, you might want to avoid these foods with lung disease.

Cold Cuts

Most cured meats such as bacon, cold cuts, ham, and hotdogs contain additives called nitrates. Companies often add nitrates for color or to extend shelf life. A study from European Respiratory Journal suggests that added nitrates increase the risk for COPD related hospital re-admissions.

Excessive Salt

While a small pinch of salt cooked in a dish may be fine, a salt-heavy diet can be a problem. Salt can make people retain water, and excess water can cause breathing problems. Instead of using salt or a salt substitute, try herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of food.

Dairy Products

For people with lung disease, dairy products can worsen symptoms. While milk is nutritious and filled with calcium, it contains casomorphin, a “breakdown product of milk,” which has been known to increase mucus in the intestines. During flare-ups, people with lung disease often experience an increase in mucus. Though the relationship may not be clear, “scientists have stimulated mucus production from respiratory cells by adding casomorphin to them in the laboratory.”

Cruciferous Vegetables

Gas and bloating are uncomfortable, and these symptoms can make breathing difficult for people with lung disease. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli, radishes and cauliflower, are filled with nutrients and fiber, but if they give you extra gas, try limiting them.

Fried Foods

Like cruciferous vegetables, fried foods cause can cause bloating and discomfort by pushing on the diaphragm, making it difficult and uncomfortable to breathe. Excessive fried food over time can cause weight gain, which increases pressure on the lungs. Fried foods are full of unhealthy fats that raise bad cholesterol levels and increase the risk for heart disease. Next time those French fries, fried chicken or onion rings are calling, hang up and try a healthy alternative.

Carbonated Beverages

Unsurprisingly, carbonated beverages made our list. Filled with sugar, empty calories and lots of carbonation, they contribute to weight gain and increased bloating. Carbonated beverages such as sodas, beer, sparkling wine or sparkling cider also contribute to dehydration. So, when you’re thirsty, hydrate with water.

Acidic Foods and Drinks

There is a ring of muscle forming a valve at the end of the esophagus. If the valve does not seal or opens too often, stomach acid can move into the esophagus. This creates heartburn, and frequent heartburn — more than twice a week — is a sign of acid reflux disease. People with lung disease may find that acid reflux increases their lung disease symptoms. Avoiding or limiting acidic foods and drinks (citrus, fruit juice, tomato sauce, coffee and spicy foods) reduces acid reflux symptoms, and therefore, lung disease symptoms.

Everyone likes eating well, but with a chronic condition such as lung disease, it’s more important to eat healthy. Ask your doctor before you change your diet. Healthy eating habits, along with treatments such as cellular therapy, could improve your quality of life. At the Lung Institute, innovative procedures harvest patients’ own cells to harness the body’s natural healing ability. Patients can take charge of their health and pulmonary conditions through healthy diet and alternative treatment options and return to the lifestyle they want. If you or a loved one has COPD or another lung disease, and would like to learn more about treatment options, contact us or call (800) 729-3065.


  1. Lung Institute

    2 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and question. We would suggest you contact your primary doctor or specialist. They are in a much better position to treat you as they are more familiar with you and your specific condition.

    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.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Thandiwe

    2 months ago

    Hi, in 2014 I was diagnosed with scleroderma and it has already affected my lungs, recently I’ve been coughing none stop my chest is blocked, what can I take to loosen up my chest?

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    We are sorry to hear about your daughter’s lung infection. Your question would best be addressed with your primary doctor or specialist. They know more about her history and can make an informed decision.

    Recent research on milk and mucus show that milk does not cause the body to produce mucus, BUT it does cause the phlegm to thicken. It is believed that it is the fat content in the milk that causes this reaction. Milk has lots of benefits for the body, including being an excellent source of calcium and vitamins, so you have to weigh the benefits.

    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.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Shreya

    3 months ago

    My daughter is 20 and she is suffering from lung infection,can she drink cow milk with ensure powder.

  5. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    Thank you for your question and we are sorry to hear about your condition. Dairy products are great sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D. However, whole milk products contain large amounts of saturated fats, which is not good for a pulmonary fibrosis diet. Choosing skim and low-fat varieties are a great way to get the good benefits of dairy without the bad.

    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.


    The Lung Institute


    3 months ago

    i have interstitial lung disease i am 87 years old and it was caused by taking a heart pi ll. i would like to know if SKIM MILK IS OK TO DRINK .

  7. Lung Institute

    4 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and question. That is most definitely a question for your primary doctor or specialist. Please see them and if it is determined that you do in fact have a lung disease, please contact us.

    The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  8. Pragya yadav

    4 months ago

    I have a tiny lung infection in right upper zone of a lung…….. What should I do to recover………??????

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  11. I use hot teas and honey. I carry masks with me and put them on when needed.
    I am in a study using the RVS vaccine, it is used for children. They are now testing people over 60.

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  14. Phoebe Brown

    3 years ago

    Hi Jack,

    Here are some of our blogs that might help you: https://lunginstitute.com/blog/pollen-and-lung-disease/

    For more information or if you have questions, contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    The Team at the Lung Institute

  15. Jack Milinovich

    3 years ago

    I never smoked…but I had a collapsed lung at birth. I exercise as much as I can, but I still end up with severe bronchitis or pneumonia every fall and spring. I eat healthy, limited alcohol and no fried foods at all. What can I do to eliminate getting sick during those two times of the year…and no matter what I have tried I get sick!

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