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It’s that time of the year again. Here’s how to shop for gifts for someone with COPD.
Shopping for someone else is always a difficult task. Not only can it be hard to determine what someone else wants, needs or could use, but when adding in their tastes, even the right gift can come with a variety of choices and options. Needless to say, this task can be doubly challenging when shopping for someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For those with COPD, one of the most pressing issues within their lives is simply to live with a normal quality of life. With that being said, the top gifts to consider for someone suffering from lung disease may be gifts that address or relieve the issues and symptoms of lung disease.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to bring you The Best 5 Gifts for Someone with COPD to help with shopping for yourself or for those you love this holiday season.
5. Himalayan Salt Lamps
As we’ve mentioned before, Himalayan Salt lamps are made of a pink rock salt from the Indo-Gangetic Plain. When rocks of a decent size are found, they are subsequently converted into salt lamps in a process of hollowing the rock from the inside and placing an incandescent bulb within it. When the bulb is powered on, the heat emitted will produce negative ions into the air, working to remove toxins in the air and neutralize them. These lamps are beautiful to view, glowing with an alluring pinkish hue and can act to promote sleep and well-being.
Where you can find them: http://goo.gl/vFxc4E
For those with COPD, bending down for long periods of time can often be an issue. Whether doing housework or picking weeds out of your garden, problems in bending can arise more often than we may believe. The best way to alleviate these issues is to minimize the amount of time spent bent as much as possible. To do this, removing the issue of shoe-lace tying can be a huge help, and that’s where Velcro sneakers come in. Using Velcro instead of shoelaces can reduce the amount of time bent, ease back and leg pain, and get you up and moving quicker than before.
Where you can find them: https://goo.gl/Gzb3u8
3. Bamboo Charcoal
Also known as activated charcoal, bamboo charcoal is both without odor and is highly-absorptive. Useful in filtering water as well as purifying air and removing toxins and odors from the atmosphere, bamboo charcoal is usually packaged in a linen bag and can be placed in areas of the house to absorb unpleasant odors, remove bacteria, harmful pollutants, allergens and dehumidify air. Bamboo charcoal lasts a long time, as it can be useful for up to two years if rejuvenated with sunlight once every month. And after two years it can be ground down and used as a potent fertilizer for your plants or garden.
Where you can find them: http://goo.gl/GBXrxR
2. Expand-A-Lung Breathing Fitness Exerciser
For those with COPD, it’s important to regularly exercise your lungs in order to maintain your respiratory health. To aid in this endeavor, it may be useful to get a compact breathing exerciser. Created for the purpose of boosting respiratory performance, the Expand-A-Lung Breathing Fitness Exerciser is a great tool for improving respiratory performance in a portable and convenient tool.
Where you can find it: https://goo.gl/OPaZWl
1. Purifying Plants (Areca Palm)
Although we’ve brought this up before, plants are biologically engineered to take in carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen. Aside from this wonderful ability, plants can actively work to purify the air of harmful chemicals and other pollutants such as formaldehyde, toluene and xylene. Among air-purifying plants, the Areca Palm ranks among the highest. The plus side to the Areca Palm in comparison to other plants is that it does well in filtered light. However, it needs to be watered often. For one person, four shoulder high plants should suffice.
Where you can find it: Local Nursery
Although gifts for someone with COPD can be helpful, 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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