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Have you ever considered your diet as a method of improving your lung condition? Chances are you haven’t, and to be honest, not very many people do. Directly, eating certain kinds of food is not going to change the progression of your lung disease. There isn’t a superfood that offers life-changing medicinal benefits such as a COPD cure. There isn’t a leafy green that has the same healing power as stem cell therapy. But food can still help you cope with your lung disease side effects. Certain foods, ones that are oxygen rich, can actually increase your blood oxygen levels. Imagine what food could do for you.
Before you start any diet, there are two essential things to remember. One: Remember that a diet is simply what you eat. It’s a lifestyle modification, but it most certainly is not your whole life. Two: Don’t give up, but don’t get stuck in a rut. If you aren’t happy with your current food choices, change it up. Try something new. Find new recipes. But whatever you do, don’t revert back to your old unhealthy lifestyle because there are always other options out there.
When it comes to modifying your diet, you should always consider what would help your overall health. Will dropping your caloric intake help you lose weight? Sure, but cutting your calories too severely will also cause you to lose energy. Balance is essential. For individuals combating a chronic lung disease, it is important to boost your calories to maintain your weight and your energy level, but doing so healthily can be difficult. By looking for foods that are oxygen rich, you can improve your blood oxygen level and hopefully breathe a little easier. This means it’s time to get creative with protein and veggies.
Why a Bean and Sausage Stew?
Finding your dinner bliss is as easy as pie with this simple four-step recipe. Imagine creating a tasteful explosion that is jam-packed with protein goodies like turkey sausage and legumes and oxygen-rich kale. You too can experience the amazing healthy benefits of higher blood oxygen levels.
A stew, you say? But isn’t it true that soups and stews are usually chalk full of salt and high-sodium ingredients? That doesn’t sound very healthy. Well, you’re in luck because this stew defies the odds with low sodium alternatives. Check out the savory recipe below:
A Recipe for Bean and Sausage Stew
Servings: 4 | Total Time: 15 minutes | Recipe adapted from Real Simple
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 12-ounce package of fully cooked turkey sausage links
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 19-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 bunch kale leaves, torn into 2-inch pieces
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 loaf country bread (optional)
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring once, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the beans, broth, and tomatoes and their liquid and bring to a boil.
- Add the kale and ¼ tsp. each of salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with bread, if using.
Congratulations! You are quickly on your way to become a health food nut. Pretty soon, incorporating healthy, oxygen-rich ingredients into your favorite dishes will feel like second nature. Hopefully, you will begin to notice a difference in your oxygen levels!
If you would like to see your blood-oxygen levels continue to improve, perhaps it is time to take your health into your own hands with stem cell therapy. The Lung Institute offers an alternative lung disease treatment with the use of autologous stem cells. For more information, call (800) 729-3065 or contact the Lung Institute.