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Nutrition is critical for everyone — but especially those who are diagnosed with a lung disease. Whether you have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or a lung disease like cancer, nutrition is critical to help with comfort and overall health as you navigate life with your diagnosis.
Some foods are better for lung health than others. Read on for tips about which foods can promote lung health, and which should be avoided.
Lung-healthy foods are light, natural and filled with vitamins to help promote overall health without being hard on the digestive system.
- Lung-healthy foods include:
- Lean meats
- Leafy Greens
These foods are light and packed with proteins or vitamins. That way, they won’t disrupt lung function or cause discomfort to eat, and they will also provide vitamins that will help keep your body healthy.
If you’re diagnosed with lung disease, there are certain foods and food types that can exacerbate the symptoms and cause discomfort.
Foods you’ll want to avoid include:
These foods are high in fat and salt, which can cause discomfort while eating. They also don’t provide any nutrients or vitamins, so they are generally unhealthy foods to eat.
For more information on eating with lung disease, the below infographic from Asbestos by the Mesothelioma Center goes into further detail.