7 Foods for Eating Well With a Chronic Lung Condition

Calcium
Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are an important source of calcium, which is needed if you have to take steroids. Not enough calcium can lead to problems like osteoporosis or brittle bones. Non-dairy forms of calcium include leafy greens, oranges, almonds, and beans.

Oils
Oil used sparingly is very good for you. Choose varieties that are high in vitamins E and A such as olive oil, coconut oil and canola oil.

Water
Water is essential for lung health. Keeping hydrated helps to thin mucus in the lungs and prevent infection. However, some lung conditions may force doctors to restrict the amount of fluid you can drink to prevent water retention, so please ensure you don’t drink more than the recommended amount for your lung condition.

Vitamin D
Many people are deficient in vitamin D and many people with chronic lung diseases have been found to be deficient in the vitamin. It’s thought that vitamin D can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. (source: scribd.com) Vitamin D can be found in oily fish, eggs, meat, fortified cereals, milk and orange juice.

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