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Lifestyle changes to manage copd

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a serious complication in your lungs or better said it is combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Due to the former condition, the bronchial tubes (or air channels) become inflamed and due to the latter the air sacs in your lungs gets inflamed. All in all, you face extreme difficulty in breathing whenever it gets triggered; further accompanied by chronic cough and expulsion of mucus.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for COPD and medicines can only control the symptoms. You can also manage COPD by making lifestyle changes and we have explained them here.


QUIT Smoking

One of the main reasons why people get COPD is – chain smoking. Thus, there’s no alternative to “quit smoking”. In fact, getting rid of cigarettes is a part of the treatment plan. Your doctor will guide you with various effective techniques to get over the addiction because it’s not an overnight affair! Cognitive behavioral therapies, medicines, hypnosis, etc. are some techniques that might be applied on you to help quit smoking.


Protect Yourself…

From infections: Your airways are extremely sensitive when you have COPD. So you need to take every possible measure to protect yourself from infections. Cold and flu are extremely contagious which is why we insist you to stay away from infected people for your benefit. Your doctor might give you flu shots to improve your immunity.

From irritants: There’s a plethora of chemicals around us that can make your COPD worse and so you have to save yourself from them. Avoid coming in contact with smoke, dust, fumes, smog, sprays and other chemicals that could be sensitive to you.

From temperature extremes: Cold and dry weather conditions are your enemies. Cover yourself properly to avoid catching cold and make sure the humidity levels of your room and work station is proper.


Focus on breathing, yoga and exercise

Your doctor would suggest you an exercise regimen that would improve your immunity without exacerbating your COPD. This further build your stamina, helps to discard the accumulated mucus and open up your airways.

Another excellent way to manage COPD is by practicing therapeutic yoga combined with breathing and meditation. Make sure you learn the techniques from a trainer to get them right and experience the improvement.


Nutrition plan to manage COPD

What you eat and drink plays a significant role in managing COPD. Your nutritional plan will primarily be based upon eating foods that would improve health of your airways, protect your lungs from infections, boost your immunity and help you to get over the chronic cough.

To receive all these benefits, you should incorporate some healing herbal juices in your diet which essentially include tulsi (Holy basil), amla (Indian gooseberry), and aloe vera. Blend them with honey and drink it.

Increase intake of vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3 fats enriched foods like oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes, avocadoes, spinach, carrots, beet root, bell peppers, broccoli, celery, flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, etc.

Minimize unhealthy variants containing refined flour, sugar, simple carbohydrates, saturated fats, caffeine and of course alcohol.


Seek advice from your doctor before travelling

If you are suffering from a serious case of COPD then you have to limit travelling, especially at higher altitudes or air travel.

You should carry your medicines, rescue inhalers, and other relievers and make sure they are in handy. Under any circumstance, discuss with your doctor before packing your bags. 

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: September 09, 2014