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Each Week in October Lung Institute’s Medical Staff is Giving FREE Pulmonary Health Advice
Tampa, Fla. (October 14, 2013) – Supporting lung health isn’t only about avoiding cigarette smoke and other pollutants. It is also about eating the proper foods to keep the body and the lungs in working order. This week, the Lung Institute supports Healthy Lung Month by providing tips on how simple dietary changes can support pulmonary health.
Many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight level. Often, COPD sufferers have difficulty putting on weight because they burn approximately 10 times as many calories just from breathing compared to a healthy person. Adversely, overweight COPD sufferers’ internal organs have to work overtime to receive enough oxygen. Because of this, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is especially important to lessen the symptoms of lung disease. Here are some simple tips:
- Eat Veggies:Research suggests that eating an antioxidant-rich diet is good for the lungs. Leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are all good choices.
- Boost Vitamin C: Eating vitamin C abundant foods such as cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit and kiwi supports lung function.
- Drink Water: Staying hydrated is important in decreasing irritation and inflammation.
- Fatty Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish are proven to aid pulmonary health. Eat salmon, anchovies, Bluefin tuna and sardines as a protein item for dinner once or twice a week.
About Lung Institute
The Lung Institute is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Founded in 2013 in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently has clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.