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Managing Lung Disease During the Holidays

26 Oct 2016
| Under Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 7 Comments
Managing Lung Disease during the Holidays

Looking to take things a little easier this Thanksgiving? Here are some easy tips for managing lung disease during the holidays.

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 managing lung disease during 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

Managing lung disease during the holidays can be as easy as opening a window. Opening up a window can bring great relief for those with COPD. Not only does it stimulate clean airflow into a room, but when cooking, it can release smoke and steam that may cause symptom flare-ups. As an added bonus, the fresh air will bring more oxygen into your home naturally. Remember to check the outdoor air quality before opening your windows.

Remember Your Diet and Eat in Moderation

Managing Lung Disease during the Holidays

When eating during the holidays, your health is more important than the casseroles, desserts or 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. Because overeating can worsen COPD symptoms, smaller portions of your favorite holiday foods allow you to enjoy the tasty treats without discomfort to you and your lungs. Instead of a green bean casserole or fried turkey, consider steamed vegetables and oven baked turkey.

Pace Yourself

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 cause discomfort and make it easier to eat too much. 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 exercise to work off that meal!

With these tips for managing lung disease during the holidays, you’ll be able to enjoy every bit of the festivities, meals and family fun.

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  1. Carolyn Fales

    9 months ago

    Their answer to our negative reply is you should call us or our treatment does not cover everyone. They ought to do more work up front before giving a person a treatment. We sent them all of our medical records, copies of xrays, blood tests, etc. We were told that my wife was a good candidate for the stem cell treatment. Their experience should have picked up on whether or not she was. Well, after scrapping the $7,000 up, which was very difficult for us, my wife has experienced absolutely no improvements. It is a shame that people such as these are allowed to leech off of those who are suffering with this ailment.

  2. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Carolyn,

    First and foremost we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies that you did not see the results you expected. Although no treatment is universally successful, it does sincerely pain us to know that you’ve experienced disappointment with your treatment. We can assure you that we are revising and bettering our methods every day in an effort to raise the efficacy of our treatment (currently 84% success rate) but as with any significant achievement, this process takes time. However, we’d like to invite you to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators in order to resolve any unresolved questions or issues, as well as to find a clear path moving forward in your health options.

    With warm regards,

    -The Lung Institute

  3. Carolyn Fales

    10 months ago

    For those patients that had your treatment and did not see any improvement, the Lung Institute should offer a booster treatment free of charge. After being told that I was a good candidate for stem cell treatment, we paid $7,000 for our treatment with no success. The stem cells that are taken from your body and injected back only last a few days. A very expensive procedure with no guarantees.

  4. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hey Cheryl,

    Unfortunately we aren’t currently conducting any trials, however please call us at 1-855-313-1149 to speak to one of our patient coordinators as they may be able to offer you some alternative solutions.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,

  5. Cheryl Adams

    2 years ago

    Since insurance won’t pay for stem cell treatment are there any trials being done that one could apply for. Thankd

  6. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello, Phyllis.
    Unfortunately insurance generally does not cover Lung Institute treatment, however please call us at 1-855-313-1149 to speak to one of our patient coordinators to get answers to all your questions. It’s possible to find alternative solutions.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

  7. Phyllis LeBlanc

    2 years ago

    Is the stem cell therapy you mentioned covered by insurance? I have COPD.


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