PART 2 – NUTRITION!
By William for wheezingaway.com
(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)
As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I will continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always have the mindset that educating themselves about their chronic illness and/or disability and all that goes with it – will never end!
For me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how those battles may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.
Writing my blogs for wheezingaway.com, I always try to keep the mindset of wanting to help educate both myself and others with every word that I may write.
My on-going series of blogs called ‘Reflections’, is one which I continue to try and share materials which may help or benefit others in the daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disability they may be walking with in their life travels.
TODAY, we present you with part two of a 10-part series referencing the importance of ‘NUTRITION’.
‘NUTRITION’ becomes a vitally important part of one’s life for those traveling life with a constant companion of a chronic illness and/or disability as our ‘NUTRITION’ is important in keeping our body and all its parts functioning correctly.
A few good reasons that nutrition and a healthy diet are important for those with a Chronic Illness and/or disability is:
- An increase of energy is needed for the increased work of breathing.
- An unplanned weight loss from poor nutrition/diet can cause further weakening of various bodily organs such as the respiratory muscles.
- Maintaining good nutrition/diet can help prevent further infections.
- Poor nutrition/diet can worsen Chronic Illness symptoms as well as decrease important bodily organs functioning properly such as lowering the lungs tolerance to infections.
Other areas for discussion when discussing the foundations of a proper nutrition/diet for anyone with a Chronic Illness and/or disability would be:
- What a person should know of potential food and/or drug interactions.
- The importance of vitamins/minerals in relation to a Chronic Illness and/or Disability.
- The breaking of a vicious cycle of unplanned weight loss or gains.
- The needed planning tips for saving ones energy and reducing symptoms of a chronic illness and/or disability such as being short of breath for those with COPD.
- The nutritional recommendations for fighting fatigue.
There are many, many nutritional/diet ideas out there these days, and we will possible discuss some of them over the next few postings of ‘Reflections of Chronic Illnesses – Nutrition’.
Hopefully, many folks will end up pulling from some of these nutritional and diet discussions and find something that may work for them and their own battles with a chronic illness and/or disability.
What one will get out of this series will largely depend on what their individual, nutritional, and physical needs may be in their own battles with their own specific chronic illness and/or disability.
TODAY’S QUESTION OF REFLECTION:
- What is it about Nutrition that you find is the most important in your battles with your specific chronic illness and/or disability?
We look forward to hearing your response/feedback to our questions and posting. Feel free to leave comments under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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