Happens to the best of us! We step on the scale after Thanksgiving and we notice that number has gone up. Then we think..."Oops, I guess I had one more helping of pie than I should have."
Is this a problem? We get it, during the holidays it can be difficult to say no to food we don't get all the time. But weight and respiratory system health go hand-in-hand.
A healthy balanced diet can significantly improve your all-over health. Breathing, like any other function in the body requires fuel in the form of healthy food for normalcy to be maintained in its functioning. Listed below are some diet tips that can improve your respiratory health.
- Obesity and excess weight is linked to many respiratory diseases including sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Excess weight can exert pressure on the heart and lungs to work harder in order to supply oxygen to all parts of the body. Obesity can also result in poor lung clearance and lung expansion which can lead to atelectasis and poor lung function in general. Maintaining your ideal body weight becomes a prerequisite if you have any respiratory disorder or disease.
- As shortness of breath is a common symptom of respiratory diseases, many people will avoid exercising and decrease their physical activity which in turn can lead to weakening of the breathing muscles. A diet that is high in good quality proteins should be emphasized. A well balanced diet comprised largely of fish, seafood, skinless poultry, egg whites, lean meats, sprouts, soy and low fat dairy products should be consumed.
- Food additives like monosodium glutamate, sulphites and tartarzine have been identified as being probable major risk factors for many respiratory disorders. So avoid the intake of foods containing these, as far as possible.
- Simple carbohydrates in the form of sugar and refined cereals and grains should be avoided and the focus should be on whole grains, cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Decrease the quantity of fat in your diet and make sure to watch the quality of fat you eat. The consumption can increase circulating blood volume which can reduce the lung function further.
If you would like to speak to a doctor at the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center about your lung function, please click here to go to our website and find out more.