Planning what you eat and balancing your meals are important ways to manage your COPD. A healthy diet cannot cure COPD, but it can help you feel better and give you more energy for all of your daily activities, including breathing. Eating right can also help you fight chest infections, which are common among patients with COPD.
A study showed that diet rich in fresh tomatoes, slowed the natural decline of lung function over a 10-year period among former smokers. In fact, tomatoes can help slow down the decline of lung function for all adults, including those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They found that people who ate, on average, more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily had a slower decline in lung function than those who reported eating less than one tomato or one portion of fresh fruit every day.
Carrot is high in vitamin C. Especially when you make it to carrot juice. Researchers looked at the association between dietary vitamin C intake and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Korean adults aged 40 years or older. They found that people with COPD had significantly lower intakes of multiple nutrients found in carrot juice, including carotene, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, than people without COPD. So it is better to add carrot or carrot juice to your daily diet when you are trying to control your COPD with dietary therapy.
An apple a day could actually keep the doctor away. One study showed that eating at least two apples a day can reduce your risk of asthma symptoms by as much as 32%. Apples have flavonoids which can block the chemicals responsible for the allergy response, resulting in better asthma control. So if you have asthma with your COPD, apples may be good for you. Eating more fruits on a regular basis can help attenuate the decline as people age, and might even help repair damage caused by smoking. Diet could become one way of combating rising diagnosis of COPD around the world.
Researchers found that among nearly 2,200 adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), those who ate bananas everyday tended to have better lung function and fewer symptoms than their counterparts who did not eat bananas. Eating bananas at least 100 g every day can effectively prevent and reduce the incidence of hypokalemia in COPD patients.
5.Nuts & Healthy High-Calorie Foods
Some people with COPD may have a low body mass index (BMI), a sign of poor nutrition that puts them at greater risk for death. It’s important to eat enough every day to keep your weight in the normal range. You might need to focus more on high-calorie healthy foods like nuts and nut butters, which are especially good if chewing is tiring. Creamy dressings and sauces are calorie-rich, but often have saturated fat. Work with a dietitian to find the right balance for your health needs.
6.Food Contain Vitamin D
Foods made with milk contain calcium and Vitamin D that can help to keep bones healthy. Many people with COPD have bones that become weak and brittle, and consuming enough calcium in addition to exercising can help prevent that problem. High-protein foods can provide energy as well as helping to fight off infections. COPD patients should try to include protein in every meal. Good sources of protein include:lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, tofu, cottage cheese & peanut butter. Protein powders is also a good choice which can be added to foods and drinks.
When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mealtime can be tough. To make eating a more enjoyable experience, try out a few of the following: eat smaller meals,take smaller bites, eat food that tastes good, eat at the time of day that you have the most energy, eat after using supplemental oxygen.