The official blog of the Lung Institute.
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.