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Are you currently waging war against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Non-stop coughing, repeated wheezing and shortness of breath? If any of this sounds familiar, then you are not alone! COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is an ongoing condition with no cure in site. Treatment usually consists of using oxygen and medical steroids. But how do you treat COPD naturally?
The Natural Method
Unfortunately, for the patients who suffer from this disease, it’s progressive, meaning it gets worse with time. Most people with COPD turn to traditional treatments like drugs with long-listed side effects, completely unaware of natural solutions that may help ease symptoms without causing additional stress or pain. Here are some options and tips to help treat COPD naturally:
Say Goodbye to Smoking
This is a no-brainer. Smoking with COPD certainly won’t make things any easier, and it could negate any other changes you make in your life. The more a person smokes, the more likely that person will develop COPD. Find help to kick the habit for good. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you quit smoking.
Improved Air Quality
The air quality where you spend most of your time can easily be improved by keeping humidity low and your home well-ventilated. Get rid of any signs of mold or mildew and ensure all appliances are vented to the outside. Household cleaners, grooming products, air fresheners and even pets can worsen the symptoms of your COPD. Opt for natural home cleaning products (like those made with vinegar or baking soda) and look for products without heavy perfumes. Exhaust fans, dehumidifiers and fans in general are all wise investments to help ease your COPD.
Limit Your Salt Intake
The more salt that you consume, the more water you retain, and with retained water comes greater breathing difficulties. Keep track of how much water you are drinking every day. Become a label-reader and avoid high-salt foods or adding table salt to your plate.
While there are mixed reviews of many supplements and their effects on COPD, vitamin D has received some positive feedback. In a study by Belgium scientists, they found that vitamin D levels are often low in COPD patients and vitamin D supplementation can help increase respiratory muscle strength. So, get more sunshine and add a high quality vitamin D supplement in the winter months.
Managing COPD is a lifelong affair. Lifestyle changes are the primary key to reducing the severity of your symptoms. Though you may always struggle with the effects of this damaging disease, it doesn’t mean you are helpless in your own treatment. If you are looking for other ways to treat COPD naturally, visit our blog about alternative treatments to COPD.