Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can make your life difficult by inhibiting your ability to breathe, which can cause you to feel fatigued and weakened. COPD has no known cure, so the best options for treatment are to reduce inflammation and assist with slowing the progression of the disease.
At the Lung Health Institute, our team of licensed medical professionals is experienced in treating thousands of patients who have COPD or other chronic lung conditions. One of our treatment methods, the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative, focuses on getting the right nutrition in your body to help promote healthy breathing and fight inflammation.
Since nutrition plays such an important role in your COPD treatment, you need to go grocery shopping for the right foods. Depending on the severity of your COPD, grocery shopping can prove to be a challenging task that causes you to run out of breath. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to make your experience shopping for groceries as effortless as possible.
Tips for conserving energy while grocery shopping with COPD
Contact your local grocery store in advance to see if they can help you with any of the following. You may be surprised at how accommodating their staff may be.
- Use a scooter – Ask if your local grocery store has scooters shoppers can use or is accessible for your own scooter if you have one. Riding a scooter instead of walking around goes far in helping you save your energy.
- Request assistance – Many grocery stores have staff members who can assist customers with getting items they need and loading them into your vehicle. Small things like having someone help reach the top shelf or carry groceries to your car will help prevent you from losing breath while shopping.
- Take it easy at home – When you get home, seek assistance with unloading groceries if possible. If no one is available to help, then take your time unloading. There is no need to rush and overexert yourself. If you’re unloading groceries and find yourself getting winded, take a break. It may be wise to unload frozen and refrigerated items first in case you have to take a break while unloading.
Do you have any questions about how to live without running out of breath because of COPD? The patient coordinators at the Lung Health Institute can help you develop your lifestyle for living a better quality of life with COPD. If you haven’t started getting the right nutrients for your COPD treatment yet, you should ask us about our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative. Ready to talk? Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator about your lung care needs.