We all know that diet is an important part of staying fit and healthy. But for the approximately 15 million Americans who are currently living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), the right diet can make a big difference. Careful diet and nutrition planning is essential to good health. In order to maximize your health you may need to change your current eating habits.
For a person with COPD, breathing burns up to ten times as many calories as a healthy person, so if you have COPD you may need more food than you think in order to prevent excess weight loss, a common side effect of the condition. Your body needs fuel, in the form of food, for every single function, so if you don’t eat enough food you will lose weight and starve your body of the energy it needs. Eating well won’t cure COPD but it can help you to maintain a healthy weight and prevent other symptoms that arise as the result of malnutrition.
If you are underweight, the right diet can help you to gain weight, fight infection, breathe more easily and boost your energy levels. Here are some top high calorie foods to help prevent excess weight loss with COPD.
Good fats are usually easier for people with COPD to eat than carbohydrates. Olive oil, canola, safflower or corn oils, butter, mayonnaise and avocadoes are all good sources of healthy fat. Add them to meals as much as possible to increase the flavor as well as your calorie intake.
Dairy products are an excellent nutrient source, particularly high in calcium and protein. By adding cheese to food you can easily increase the calorie content of your sandwich, soup or casserole. Snack on yoghurt and drink milk instead of water.
High-cal Fruits like papayas, bananas, mangoes, dried fruit and fruit juices are a great, tasty way of packing healthy, immune boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your diet.
Smoothies are delicious, easy to consume and can be packed with calories. Add heavy cream, ice cream, protein powder or high fat yoghurt to make them super calorific and to help you to prevent weight loss.
Nuts and dried fruit are a great high calorie snack. Alternatively, you can grind nuts in the blender and add them to food, or add peanut butter to your smoothies to boost omega fat and calorie levels.
Eating well and maintaining your weight can help to reduce the symptoms of COPD, such as fatigue, ease your breathing and reduce your risk of infections. However, diet alone cannot cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Stem Cell Application can be used to inject healthy adult stem cells so that they may target the damaged area (in the case of COPD, the lungs), repairing damaged tissue and creating new, healthy tissue. Stem cell application can halt the progression of COPD and, depending on the stage and severity of the condition, repair some, most or all of the damage caused by the disease.
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