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Looking to take things a little easier this Thanksgiving?
The Meal That Never Ends
Let’s be honest for a moment, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and whether we like it or not, there’s a good chance we’ll all be eating a bit more than we should this holiday season. Although the food of Thanksgiving is mainly to foster family and friendships, it can also be the source of heartburn, indigestion, or for those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), flare-ups. With your well-being in mind, the Lung Institute has crafted a short list of helpful tips to enjoy the holidays without harming your health.
Ask for Help
Between traveling to the store and cooking, it’s easy to see how someone could become fatigued. And for people with lung disease, that fatigue could make breathing all the more difficult. So why go it alone? When planning grocery store visits and cooking, include someone you care about and split the load. With less physical activity and more teamwork, you’ll be healthier and building stronger bonds with the ones you love.
Open a Window
As we’ve said before, opening up a window can be great relief for those suffering from COPD. Not only does it stimulate clean airflow into a room, but when cooking, it can release smoke and steam that may cause flare-ups.
Remember Your Diet/Eat In Moderation
When eating during the holidays, your health is more important than the juiciest turkey. We’ve mentioned a few healthy recipes here and here that you may want to give a try this Thanksgiving, but if you’d rather stick to the traditional staples, remember to eat in moderation and smaller proportions.
Perhaps equal to the problem of overeating during the holiday season is eating too quickly. When the turkey is browned and hand-delivered to the center of the table, it is often surrounded by a feast of sides and stuffing. Although Thanksgiving etiquette may require us to grab a handful of everything and return for seconds, take your time. Eating too quickly can obstruct airways and make it difficult to swallow as well as breathe, so pace yourself and drink plenty of water to keep those airways clear.
Take a Walk
The first instinct after eating a Thanksgiving meal is to plop down on the couch and watch football. Although this is a fine pastime, eating big meals is known to cause lethargy which often means slower and more labored breathing. At halftime or before the game, try taking a 15- minute walk down the block with a loved one. It’s a great opportunity to get a breath of fresh air as well as some early exercise to work off that meal!
If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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