The foods we eat can affect how well we breathe. Since nutrients help the lungs take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, people who eat foods rich in essential nutrients are at less risk of developing lung infections and lung disease.
People who suffer from COPD can actually breathe easier by consuming eating diets low in carbohydrates and high in fats. People suffering from COPD can improve lung function by following these dietary recommendations:
- Limit intake of sugar and sodium
- Limit intake of saturated and trans fats
- Consume high-quality protein twice daily
- Get adequate daily intake of fiber (about 20-30 grams)
- Consume all the essential vitamins and minerals daily
- Increase intake of healthy fats such as omega-3s and omega-6s
People with lung problems sometimes fare better by consuming small meals because their lungs can fill with air and empty out more easily.