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When I’m at the grocery store and walking through the aisles, I don’t think too much about how much oxygen is in by blood. I don’t feel short of breath, nor do I feel fatigued as I push my cart along. Someone with a lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis usually does though. They often suffer from constant fatigue and tiredness. Also, walking long distances can take its toll on the body for people with a lung disease; some can’t even walk to their mailbox. In the grocery store when I’m thinking about the menu of things I’ll cook up for the upcoming week, I don’t consider meals with oxygen-rich ingredients like chicken and broccoli stir fry as anything more than tasty. For someone with lung disease, the extra oxygen in the food could help manage their condition.
What Makes it Healthy?
Oxygen can come into the body two ways, through the lungs or through our food. However, many people do not consider food as a potential source for oxygen. Although it won’t lead to an amazing ability to hold one’s breath for hours upon end, oxygen-rich foods can increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and ward off hypoxia.
Leafy, green vegetables hold more oxygen than any other type of food. This is primarily due to their ability to process carbon dioxide into oxygen. Through this process, oxygen gets trapped in the cells of the vegetables, and when you eat them, the oxygen is transferred into your body. Foods like broccoli and even carrots hold a large amount of oxygen.
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
- 1 cup of carrots
- 2 cups of broccoli
- ½ cup of green onion
- 1 cup of mushrooms
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 bags of boil-in-bag rice
- 1 lb. of chicken breast
- 1 bottle of teriyaki sauce
- Put a pot of water on the stove and turn the burner to high; this will be for the rice once it boils.
- Cut chicken breast into 1-inch cubes, and cook in wok on medium heat with two tablespoons of oil.
- Remove chicken once thoroughly cooked and put aside.
- Place rice in boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.
- Put two more tablespoons of oil in wok and turn to medium heat, then add broccoli florets and diced carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Mince garlic and chop onions to liking, then add them to the wok. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Add sliced mushrooms and cooked chicken to wok and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add teriyaki sauce to taste and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Drain the rice once finished cooking.
Although lung disease may seem like an unmanageable affliction, there are some small things you can do to keep your symptoms and the progression of your disease under control. If you are looking for another way to treat your disease, you may want to consider stem cell therapy. Using cells from your own body, your disease can be treated and healing promoted in your lungs. Contact the Lung Institute by calling (800) 729-3065 if you’d like to learn more about how you can breathe easier.