COPD is on the rise and is rapidly affecting, if not killing, more people every year. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is characterized by inflammation in the lungs and difficulty breathing. Aside from shortness of breath, symptoms also include chronic cough, wheezing, tightness in the chest, respiratory infections, poor circulation, and general tiredness.
Those suffering from asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis often fall under the greater umbrella of COPD. There are four stages of the disease, with stage 1 representing a very mild case, and stage 4 representing a very advanced case with shorter life expectancy.
Fortunately, there are some very effective natural remedies that can prevent and treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that are simple to incorporate into your life.
1. Improve Breathing
This may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a little more to it than just the obvious. There are medically-backed breathing techniques that help asthma-sufferers deal with attacks, and these techniques can also help COPD-sufferers. Breathing through pursed lips and breathing through the diaphragm can increase the oxygen in your body. A respiratory therapist may also be a good option for those that feel significantly inhibited by COPD.
2. Avoid Smoke
To treat and even prevent COPD, it is imperative to avoid being around smoke as much as possible. This means that you will need to stop any smoking habits you may have, whether it’s cigars, traditional cigarettes, or even e-cigarettes. Also, avoid being around people when they’re smoking and steer clear of traditionally smoky places (e.g. casinos).
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet
As always, you should be sure to eat a well-balanced diet, rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Fruits of the citrus variety are especially helpful when it comes to treating respiratory issues thanks to the quercetin that they contain. Foods rich in omega-3’s can help reduce inflammation in the lungs; some of these foods include wild-caught fish, walnuts, and chia seeds.
Some foods should also be avoided when suffering from respiratory issues. This includes pasteurized dairy products and all processed foods. Processed foods include boxed, canned, and frozen items, as well as fast food. You should also be careful to watch your sugar intake. Try to eat as many organic and natural options as possible, as additives, colors, and preservatives can antagonize reactions.
4. Drink More Water
A common symptom of COPD is having excessive mucus buildup in your airway. This buildup further exacerbates the coughing that accompanies COPD. You can help deter this mucus buildup by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, every day. Consuming more water will help to thin out the mucus and thus make it less problematic. You can also make sure the air around you has more moisturizer in it by utilizing a humidifier at home and work, when possible.
When you get aerobic activity on a regular basis, you will help to improve endurance, open your airway, and actually strengthen muscles in the respiratory tract. Something as simple as walking regularly can help to reduce the symptoms of COPD. Even better, regular exercise also improves your overall mood and reduces stress.
As you can see, there are many natural treatments that can greatly help deal with COPD. By regularly adhering to these tips above, you can greatly reduce your risk of or current symptoms of COPD.