Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 6 is ‘Carbs’

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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 about ‘Carbs’ with the sixth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with COPD as having a proper diet will go a long way in protecting the lung function needed for breathing.

Deal with carbohydrates with some of these key ideas –

}} Choosing fiber-rich vegetables with nearly every meal.

}} Choosing fiber-rich fruits with every meal.

}} Choosing fiber-rich grains often.

}} Prepare foods by choosing ingredients and beverages with little added sugar or sweetners.

}} Always consider guided amounts from the USDA Food Guide.

}} Try following “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” or what is called the DASH eating plan.

}} Seldom eat and/or drink foods and beverages which contain sugar and starch.

We will continue the CrossDove Writer’s series on Nutrition in future postings as we always need to have as much information as possible to fight our own individual battles with our own COPD.

Remember that most diets/nutritional ideas will work depending on what an individual’s nutritional and physical needs may be.

REFLECTION QUESTION – What do you do to control the carbs that you take in when eating?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

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

REFLECTIONS OF COPD/ASTHMA – ‘NUTRITION’, PART 5 IS ‘FATS’

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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 about ‘Fats’ with the fifth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

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

Fats – healthy recommendations:

}} Keep trans fatty acid eating as low as possible.

}} Consume less than 10% of calories from saturated fatty acids.

}} Eat less than 300 mg. per day of cholesterol.

}} Make sure that most of the fat eaten is from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. (Examples of these would be fish, nuts and vegetable oils.)

}} Keep total fat intake between 20-35% of calories.

}} Always choose lean, low-fat and fat-free meat, poultry, cry beans and milk/milk products.

}} Always limit intake of fats and oils that would be high in saturated and/or trans fatty acids.

}} Always choose products low in these same type of fats.

REFLECTION QUESTION – What good fats do you use in your daily eating to stay healthy while battling your own individual battle 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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

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

Notes to Know About COPD/Asthma – Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?

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It is always important to know what is going on in the world of COPD/Asthma, hence a weekly (at the minimum) posting of ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ – because those of us battling the issue should always be up to date on what is going on, and that includes both the positives and the negatives of the COPD/Asthma life.

Today we are sharing a posting we found on the internet regarding a study done in Europe that discussed the effects of fruits and vegetables on the lungs and in particular COPD, so hence the title today of ‘Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away’.

Special Note – While the reading of the title alone peaked my curiosity, ironically, I am currently working on posting a series of writes about the importance of nutrition for those battling COPD and/or Asthma.

So – Can an apple a day keep COPD away?

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Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?

(Date on this write was February 23, 2017, it was published originally in Thorax, one of the world’s leading respiratory medicine journals.)

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for everyone and may even help current and former smokers avoid a chronic lung disease, a new investigation found.

Apples, pears, green leafy vegetables and peppers appear to officer protection against COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), said researchers led by Joanna Kaluza of the Warsaw University of life sciences in Poland.

And according to what Kaluza and other of her colleagues found, the more servings of fruits and vegetables consumed regularly, the greater the protection.

The study does not actually prove that diet prevents the debilitating lung disease.

However, ‘we would argue that clinicians should consider the potential benefits of a healthy diet in promoting lung health and advocate optimizing intake of fruits and vegetables, especially in smokers who are unable to stop smoking,’ noted the authors of an editorial that accompanied the study.

Smoking is the main risk factor for COPD. This term applies to a group of breathing conditions, including emphysema, caused by the narrowing of airway passages.

The new 13-year study involved 44,000 Swedish men between the ages of 45 and 79. Nearly two-thirds had smoked at some point. Roughly one-quarter still smoked, while nearly four in 10 said they had never smoked.

The men filled out food questionnaires and answered questions about smoking and other behaviors.

Over the study period, more than 1,900 new cases of COPD developed.

Analyzing the data, the study team determined that regardless of smoking history those who ate five or more servings of certain fruits and vegetables a day were 35 percent less likely to develop COPD than those who consumed just two servings daily.

Among former smokers, each additional serving was tied with a 4 percent lower risk of COPD. In current smokers, each extra serving was linked to an 8 percent lower risk, the study says.

Researchers theorized that antioxidants found in some fruits and vegetables may play a role in reducing tissue stress and inflammation that is central to the onset of COPD.

That said, not all fruits and veggies were deemed protective. Bananas, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, onions, garlic and peas did not appear to lower COPD risk.

Looked at in reverse, the team found that current and former smokers who consumed fewer than two portions of fruits and vegetables each day faced a greater risk for COPD respectively than those who had never smoked and ate five or more such portions daily.

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‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ will continue to feature writings from medical folks and caretakers who share insights into the world of what may be going on in the world of COPD/Asthma.  ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ can be found at either wheezingaway.com or within the Facebook page, COPD Travels.

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.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving 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.

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 4

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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 fourth of a ten-part series on ‘Nutrition’.

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

Always have adequate nutrients within the calorie needs for your physical well-being.

Some key recommendations would be – –

** Eat and drink a wide range of nutrient-dense beverages and foods from all the basic food groupings.

** Always choose foods that have very limited saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, added salt or added alcohol.

** Always eat foods enough to meet the energy level needed for your physical well-being by following a well-balanced eating model.  Following a USDA Food Guide would possible be a good plan.

Some key recommendations for dealing with weight management:

** Always balance the amount of the calories consumed with the amount of calories spent to keep your body weight in a healthy range.

** Always reduce food and beverage calories in small amounts to stop gradual weight gains over time.

** Always increase physical activity when possible.

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 if any of these references have you tried or may be using in your battles to stay nutritionally healthy while battling your own individual battle 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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

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

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 3

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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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

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

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – ‘Nutrition’, Part 1

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Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma.  The knowledge I secure not only helps myself, but can also help others gain a better footing in their own battles with COPD and/or severe Asthma.

With all that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help remind people, both those affected by the disease and those family and friends that surround them, of the ideas, research, diagnoses, game-plans and all that goes with keeping the battles at a distance.

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

‘Nutrition’ becomes vitally important for a person with COPD as a proper diet can go a long way in protecting the lungs and their functionality needed for breathing.

Just as a proper diet and ‘nutritional’ feeding can improve breathing by giving your body the correct amount of energy and muscle tone, a poor diet and poor nutritional feeding can do just the opposite while also leading your body dangerously close to other ailments like hypertension, coronary artery disease or diabetes.

The trick is to find the diet that works for the individual and their own circumstances.

There are many, many diet/nutritional ideas out there and we will most likely discuss them over the next few postings of ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ as most likely, most people end up pulling from a couple of different diet/nutritional ideas to find what works for them – and that will all depend on what their individual, nutritional and physical needs may be.

QUESTION OF REFLECTION – – Do you have a particular diet or favorite diet that seems to work for you or is it a combination of different diets?

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)

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Notes to Know About COPD/Asthma – Coffee and COPD: A Brief Perspective

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It is always important to know what is going on in the world of COPD/Asthma, hence a weekly (at the minimum) posting of ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ – because those of us battling the issue should always be up to date on what is going on, and that includes both the positives and the negatives of the COPD/Asthma life.

This is one posting meant for so many who claim that ‘without their coffee look out’ and those who find coffee and its various forms of make are just what makes a meal that much more special.  And while it is not a particularly lengthy write of information, it may make you think.

Special Note – Unlike most of the issues shared in ‘Notes to Know’, I do not have any special personal interest in it as I have never been a coffee drinker and most likely never will be.  Coffee is just one item that no matter how often I tried it and no matter how or what it was made I just never cared for it for some reason or another.  But knowing so many coffee drinkers I thought this would be good for the crowd sort of speak.

With that, read on and see if you can relate to this read of coffee and COPD/Asthma.

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Caffeine and COPD: Two Perspectives

One of the staples of America is coffee. Every morning with the paper and maybe a bagel, millions of Americans drink a cup of coffee to start off their day. However, the vote is still out on how healthy coffee is for your diet, especially if you have COPD. We’ve put together a list of reasons why it might be helpful to incorporate caffeine into your diet, but also some reasons why you might want to switch to the decaf brew of the beloved beverage. Of course, talk to your doctor about your particular case and whether or not caffeine will help you or not.

Caffeine may be helpful because:

It is known to be a mild bronchodilator. A bronchodilator is any substance that opens windpipes and airways, making it easier to breathe. Although this effect is slight and mild, it is worthwhile to mention.

Caffeine may hinder you because:

Caffeine can react with your medication. Because you have COPD, chances are that you also are on a series of medications. Caffeine could potentially react negatively with these medications. You should talk to your doctor about these medications and their reaction with caffeine before drinking anything.

Coffee is acidic and can cause acid reflux. Acid reflux can come in conjunction with COPD, and many drinks that have caffeine can cause acid reflux. Even if it isn’t coffee, many soft drinks also can trigger acid reflux, which will lead to discomfort and pain.

Ultimately, you and your doctor will be able to decide the best course for you to take with your caffeine intake. However, it’s important to know the potential effects of caffeine on your body before going into your conversation with your doctor.

(This posting is a composite from three different writes found at various sites on the internet and we will post a lengthier write about caffeine and/or coffee and how it effects on COPD/Asthma in a future posting)

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‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ will continue to feature writings from medical folks and caretakers who share insights into the world of what may be going on in the world of COPD/Asthma.  ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ can be found at either wheezingaway.com or within the Facebook page, COPD Travels.

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.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving 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.