The standard American diet recommends carbohydrates make up most of the calories you eat every day. However, the Lung Health Institute wants you to know that training your body to use fat as fuel may be more helpful if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another chronic lung disease.
Four benefits you may get when your body is using fat as fuel
Our health care team at the Lung Health Institute is committed to helping chronic lung disease patients find a diet that helps their bodies use fat as fuel. One problem that we often face when working toward this goal with our patients is they’re eating too many carbs.
In the U.S., we’ve been conditioned to eat carbs as the largest portion of our diet. We’ve also been taught that fat is a bad macronutrient that causes all kinds of health issues, such as heart disease. The problem with many of the nutritional facts you’ve been taught is they may be wrong. In fact, our health care team at the Lung Health Institute has had more success helping our patients with diets that are high in healthy fats.
While carbohydrates are known to cause inflammation, fats are broken down into molecules called ketones that may be very helpful for lung disease patients. For instance, fats and the ketones they provide may offer benefits to you that include:
- Offering a more stable source of energy for your body
- Increasing your overall energy levels
- Increasing the amount of toxins flushed from your body
- Reducing inflammation in your lung tissues
All these benefits of using fat as fuel may help lung disease patients to improve their quality of life and Breathe Easier™.
The Lung Health Institute can help you find ways to use fat as fuel
At the Lung Health Institute, our health care team has developed three plans to help chronic lung disease patients fight inflammation with the food you eat. These plans are known as Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. Each of these plans is designed to help you boost your immune system and begin using fat as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information.