Many of us are familiar with vitamin D as that vitamin we get from sunlight that gives us a healthier appearance and more energy. Did you know that vitamin D may also help improve your lung health if you have COPD?
People with COPD live with shortness of breath that grows worse over time, especially when left untreated. Each breath that you take is precious when you live with a chronic disease like this, so anything that can help is valuable.
The Lung Health Institute understands that medical treatments are necessary to help people with COPD slow the progression of the disease and manage its symptoms. However, we also believe that introducing a better diet to your system can help improve the ability of your lungs to function.
Why people with COPD need Vitamin D
Many people with COPD have been shown to have less vitamin D in their system. Proponents of vitamin D argue that this is related to the symptoms of the condition. Critics claim it’s because people with COPD go outdoors less and get less sunlight. Either way, vitamin D is a substance your body needs to survive, and for its organs to function well, so you can have a better quality of life.
Vitamin D is commonly found in foods such as milk, salmon and eggs, though it exists in much more. Other vitamins that can help people with COPD breathe better include:
- Vitamin A — Vitamin A can help your cells repair damaged tissue. It’s found in most vegetables, especially carrots, spinach and kale.
- Vitamin C — Lack of vitamin C can lead to increased severity of symptoms like wheezing, coughing and congestion. You can find vitamin C in many sweet and juicy fruits, such as strawberries, oranges or tomatoes.
- Vitamin E — Like vitamin C, a lack of vitamin E can make symptoms of COPD grow worse. Try foods such as peanuts and leafy greens to get more vitamin E. Also, quit smoking if you haven’t already. Smokers have less vitamin E in their system than nonsmokers.
- Zinc — Zinc can help reduce the severity of your COPD symptoms. Look for foods high in zinc but low in nitrates and sodium, such as fresh beans.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
The Lung Health Institute strives to help people with COPD improve their quality of life. We offer the anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²)™ to help people you get the nutrients you need to Breathe Easier™.
You may also benefit from our lung restoration treatment™, which is a form of cellular therapy that uses cells from your own body to reduce inflammation in your lungs. Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator about these treatments and find out what’s right for you.