It's typical when the New Year rolls around to make resolutions about getting in shape and living healthier. For many, eating a more nutritious diet plays a significant role in their 2023 plans for better living. Yet, many don't realize that embarking on a balanced, healthy diet also supports better respiratory health and function.
While the expression "food is medicine" is an ancient one, the importance of proper nutrition and a healthy diet remains as valid today as when the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, uttered them some 2500 years ago.
At the office of North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, we provide comprehensive and integrated care to support your respiratory health and wellness.
Wise, nutritious food choices not only enhance digestive function and metabolism but also help to alleviate inflammation, boost the immune system, and increase one's energy level. Although it's common knowledge that cigarette smoking, poor air quality, and environmental toxins can affect your respiratory health, what you may not realize is an unhealthy and inflammatory diet can also have a negative impact.
Protecting your overall well-being and lung health means making wise food choices.
Keep in mind that staying away from salty foods, processed meats, and fried foods can help ease breathing help keep lung disease symptoms at bay.
Here’s a list of unhealthy foods to avoid and substitutions you can make:
To promote lung health, eat more healthy fats, proteins, and potassium
Healthy, nutrient-rich food choices possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that, to varying extents, can ease symptoms, enhance oxygen intake, and help lower blood pressure while improving lung function and reducing decline.
A few examples of healthy food choices include:
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As skilled, experienced providers of care, the professional team at North Jersey Pulmonary Associates takes a proactive approach to respiratory health and wellness. We offer integrated care to help our patients enjoy better health and breathe easier.
By North Jersey Pulmonary Associates
January 10, 2023