When I began my travels and battles with COPD/Asthma I knew that it was important to learn what and when I could to better understand as much about COPD and Asthma so I would always be up to date as to what I was up against.

I also felt that as a member of the COPD/Asthma nation, it was important to continually share information that may possible help even one other person in their own battles with COPD/Asthma.

With that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help both inform and refresh the knowledge of all that goes with battling COPD and/or Asthma.

Today we discuss or refresh your knowledge with the third of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

Some basics to nutrition that we all need to remember are:

** We should choose a food from each food group at each meal – because each group has nutritional values the other groups will not.

** Meat & Beans will provide nutritional value in protein, iron, phosphorus, B12, copper and zinc.

** Milk products will provide nutritional value in protein, calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin and B12.

** Fruits will provide much needed proper carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid.

** Vegetables will provide fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and with very few carbohydrates plus orange vegetables are a solid source of carotene.

** Grains will provide carbohydrates, plus if the starchy food is made from whole grain it should contain B vitamins and fiber – if the the grain has been refined required add-ons will be riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, iron and folic acid.

** Oils and what they call discretionary calories will provide (surprise, surprise) fat, but also vitamin A when fat is from butter, cream cheese or sour cream; you will get vitamin E from nuts, olive oil or oils not hydrogenated such as peanut butter.

These are the basics of nutrition, many of which may be touched upon more than once in this ten-part series as they all are of most importance to any battle with COPD and/or Asthma.

Reflection Question – What of these basic nutritional tidbits are used the most effectively by you in your individual battles with COPD and/or Asthma.

If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com.  Thanx.

As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)