How To Eat With COPD

    A couple cooking together in their kitchenIf you have trouble breathing, daily activities—even eating a meal—can be a challenge.

    Healthy eating is particularly important if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common lung condition that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. About 24 million people in the U.S. have COPD.

    Follow these healthy eating tips for people with COPD.

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    1. Take your meds

    If you use medication to improve your breathing, try to take them before eating; if you use oxygen, continue to use it during a meal. Eating can increase the body’s demand for oxygen, so you’ll need it.

    2. Get some rest

    If you usually have trouble breathing during a meal, plan ahead. Take a short nap or rest before eating; it may help.

    3. Sit up

    Whenever possible, don’t recline when eating a meal. Lying down just compromises breathing more because it places extra pressure on the lungs.

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