Archive for February, 2012

Diet for the Lungs

The air that we breath contains the basic gas oxygen and other gases that enters our bodies through the lungs. Oxygen then transfers to the bloodstream and goes into all our cells. Our respiratory organ is very vital and although there are no foods that predispose us to lung illnesses, people could be prone to develop lung disease if they are undernourished. How do we take care of our lungs in terms of nutrition?

It is interesting to note that there is currently no ideal or specific diet that would keep the pulmonary healthy. The only lung condition with a recommended and specific diet is for those acutely suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. People suffering from this disease tend to be malnourished because they use more of their energy as their respiratory muscles work a lot because of breathlessness.

To keep our lungs healthy, proper diet, good hydration, 6-8 hours of sleep, and no smoking are advised. Although there is no single, preferred food group that is ideal for lung health, knowing the best foods to eat is the key to getting the right mix of nutrients for your lungs. The following dietary practices consist proper nutrition:

- Fish, lean meat, poultry, or dried beans, as well as iron and zinc for protein and energy.

- Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and root crops for vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

- Use olive oil for cooking as it is a good source fat and provides additional dietary energy.

- Make milk and other food items rich in calcium and protein mainstays in your diet for bone and overall growth.

- Avoid excessive intake of fatty and salty foods as a hedge against hypertension, particularly among high-risk individuals.