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7 Foods that Fight Lung Inflammation

Foods that Fight Lung Inflammation

If you have a lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis, you may also experience lung inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. It is a natural response and is needed to help the body heal and keep you healthy. But when it’s out of control it can cause damage. Lung inflammation affects the airways and lung tissue. The inflammation can be acute (short-lasting) or chronic (long-lasting).

So, instead of heading for the pharmacy, the Lung Institute suggests you look at these seven natural remedies that have been known to fight inflammation.

Tomatoes: rich in lycopene, which helps reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the rest of the body.

Olive oil: contains alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E linked to better lung function.

Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards: lots of vitamin E which is key in protecting the body against inflammatory molecules.

Nuts like almonds and walnuts: packed with antioxidants that can help your body fight off and repair the damage caused by inflammation.

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines: high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation.

Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges: rich in vitamin C and vitamin B6 helps the lungs transfer oxygen.

Beets: can not only reduce inflammation but may also protect against cancer and heart disease.

If your body can tolerate it, low-fat dairy products are an important source of nutrients. They also contain calcium and vitamin D for bone strength.

The foods listed above are typically items that are part of a good low-fat, less-processed diet. In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health.

However, when lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way that you may expect, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve quality of life.

For more information on stem cell therapy and what it could mean for your life moving forward, 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.

22 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    2 months ago

    Robin:

    Thank you for the comment and update after your stem cell treatments at the Lung Institute. We are very happy that you have seen improvement in your breathing and quality of life.

    If you have any questions regarding your treatments, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Gordon:

    The results for the clinical trials are still about a year away from being released. Unfortunately, that is just the nature of clinical trials. Once the research is completed, the analysis takes some time.

    In the meantime, we’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Tonya:

    Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear about your condition. Yes, weather can affect a person’s breathing. You may want to consult your doctor about this. Otherwise, we have written a number of blog articles about breathing with lung disease. Check out our blog section. We hope the information is beneficial.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Roy:

    Thank you for your comment and appreciate your areas of concern. If you would like some more specific questions answered about your included topics I encourage you to call and either 1) speak to a patient coordinator again or 2) set up a phone consult to talk to a provider in the clinic who can get you the answers you are looking for.

    We hold the integrity of Lung Institute to a high standard and want to make sure all of the information being given is complete and accurate and you feel comfortable with the answers whether you decide to come see us for treatment or not.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Garry:

    Thank you for your message. To research pulmonary arterial hypertension you might want to check this link to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association website. It contains information that may help. if you are interested in our stem cell therapy, our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Joe:

    It often times takes a few weeks before you will notice any results. That is why we wait three months for a follow-up visit. If you do have any questions before that time, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    John:

    Thank you for your comment. We have heard of people holding fund raisers and teaming up with local organizations. We have also heard people contact us and say they have had success with GoFundMe pages.
    We wish you well. Because treatment costs vary based on treatment type, it’s best to speak with one of our well-qualified medical team to discuss treatment options. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Joelle:

    Thank you for the message. We are excited to hear you are having a second treatment. We also applaud you for maintaining a good diet. We wish you well.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Doris:

    Thanks for your message. We do operate under the guidelines of the FDA, but as of right now, the FDA doesn’t regulate a patient’s own cells. We’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future, but it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. However, you can learn more about stem cell treatments and have your questions answered by one of our qualified 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. Doris

    3 months ago

    Has your stem cell therapy been approved by the Fda or are these trials.

  11. Joe Stabile

    3 months ago

    I have DIP the veggies you showed will it help my problem I just had stem cells done how long before you see some results. Thanks

  12. Joelle jones

    3 months ago

    I also eat most of the things on that list. I have taken vitamin B6 for 20 yrs. I will be getting my second treat on21 and 22 September. Can’t wait.
    This is the first time I have ever posted anything. It is not a repeat.

  13. John Cundiff

    3 months ago

    Is their ANyway to get money in Grant for treatment or donations

  14. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Zelda:

    Thank you for the message. If you are interested in learning more, please read our blog posts.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Zelda Hamilton

    3 months ago

    Would love to hear more about stem cell. My diet goes along with what is recommended.

  16. Gordon Gunn

    3 months ago

    When will resulTs be published On your clinical trial fileD 2/3/17 with national institute of health??(Www.clinicaltrials.gov)

  17. Garry Dagley

    3 months ago

    I would like information about pulmonary arterial hypertension. I’m a smoker of 45 years have them in the process of quitting I have already changed my diet and an inline with the 7 foods that you suggest any other information on this disease would be most helpful thank you,

  18. Roy Jacobs

    3 months ago

    My diet is consistant with your suggestions. We have actually been in touch with The Lung Institute and seriously considered treatment, however the talk of class action lawsuits leaves us dubious..

  19. Tonya P Francois

    3 months ago

    This copd is new to me I had a pulmonary arterial hypertension, embolism, I notice with weather change my breathing changes ,is there something I can do different to breath BETter,while iam still working .

  20. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Gloria:

    That is great to hear. A proper diet is a great step in treating lung disease. We wish you the best for your September treatment.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

  21. gloria garrison-fox

    3 months ago

    My diet is in line with these food suggestions/ I have a procedure scheduled with you in late september

  22. Robin

    3 months ago

    I have COPD. I had two treatments, one in Jan. ’17, one in May ’17. I have found that it takes 6 months to see/feel consistent positive results. The first CONSISTENT result is the lack of lung swelling I EXPERIENCE after eating. Prior to the therapy, my lungs would swell after every meal. The second consistent result is that I experience less breathlessness, and when I do, I’m breathless for shorter periods of time. I find recovery easier and faster now. I patiently await further progress in November, six months after my second tHerapy. I may return for another treatment. All depends on results and of course the cost. I have to save money to ACCOMPLISH another session. Overall, I am pleased with the results. I also feel that the treatment has slowed the progression of the DISEASE.

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