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A natural alternative when your COPD medications list isn’t cutting it.
Today, millions of Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases. For many, their doctors will prescribe a battery of tests and medications that can be both exhausting and extensive. In many cases, this “traditional” COPD medications list is often only meant to relieve symptoms with no intention of slowing disease progression. However, although it can seem as if there are few options available, there are a variety of alternative treatment options that have demonstrated significant effects on health and quality and life for those with lung disease.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to bring hope by giving you the information you need on Supplementing Your COPD Medications List: 5 Natural Alternatives.
5. Natural Herbs
As long as medicine has existed, herbs have been a crucial part of healing people, and herbs’ effects on lung disease haven’t changed. Whether you add these into your cooking or make a nice tea, there are a variety of natural herbs out there to try. For instance, thyme is known for its abundant source of antioxidant compounds, as well as its ability to clear mucus from the airways in animals. On the other hand, studies on ginseng have shown that it can be beneficial in relieving COPD symptoms while improving breathing and exercise. Perhaps the most effective herb, however, is simple turmeric, which can be found in curcumin. Turmeric is remarkable for its anti-cancerous, antiviral and antioxidant effects.
4. Dietary Supplements
Though multivitamins are common and widely taken for granted, what they represent is critical: the reminder that your body needs a daily supply of vitamins and nutrients. Depending on one’s diet, it may not be possible to get everything the body needs every day. In the case of those with lung disease, these vitamins are even more necessary for the body to function properly. In promoting one’s respiratory health, it’s important to increase one’s intake of vitamin D, which has been linked to better lung function tests. Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E are also crucial as they help the body to use oxygen more efficiently.
3. Stem Cell Therapy
When it comes to natural treatment options for lung disease, stem cell therapy cannot be ignored. As a form of regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy is a process involving the withdrawal of the body’s natural healing mechanisms—stem cells—from blood or bone marrow, and reinserting them through the blood stream where they can aggregate within the lungs and promote healing from within. Today stem cell therapy has shown significant promise in its ability to not only relive the symptoms of lung disease in patients but to slow disease progression itself.
2. Antioxidant Vitamins
As we’ve mentioned before, antioxidant vitamins have the unique ability to help the body use oxygen more efficiently. The intrinsic benefit to antioxidant vitamins is that they are found in a variety of common, and delicious, foods. Composed primarily of vitamins A, C, and E, these vitamins can be found in a variety of fruits such as oranges, lemons and berries, as well as vegetables such as broccoli and spinach.
1. Change Your Diet
When it comes to preventative health and supplementing your COPD medications list, the importance of diet cannot be understated. Not only is it a channel of vital nutrients from the earth into your body, but it also provides you the energy you need to function as well as heal. In addressing your diet, it’s important to eat healthy and in that sense, keep a balanced diet. Avoid excessive sugars, fats and bad carbohydrates (white rice, pasta, white bread) that are devoid of nutrients when processed, and focus on natural foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grain alternatives.
Moving Forward after Supplementing Your COPD Medications List
It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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