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5. Healthy Eating

Eating healthy is one of those things that are synonymous with healthy living. To eat healthy, one must make a good effort to avoid fatty foods, sugary treats, and alcoholic beverages. With COPD, inflammation is something that can cause problems, so having a diet that is healthy can only help the condition. Consider eating natural foods that have not been processed very much and consider eating lean and nutritious foods loaded with omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce the amount of inflammation in your body. COPD specific diets often include many fruits, vegetables, citrus, and fish are the best foods to have for this condition.

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6. Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral found in foods and supplements that plays a role in health and muscular wellness. Individuals with COPD often have a reduced airway when compared to other individuals, which means there is severe restriction when compared to the average individual. Magnesium supplementation may help to combat this issue since magnesium can be used to help relax muscles (especially smooth muscle). Your airway consists of fine muscle fibers and when they are constricted and working constantly (as in the disease), breathing will be labored. On the other hand, effective magnesium supplementation may help to open the airways by relaxing the muscle, thus improving airflow. Consider discussing magnesium supplementation with your doctor or pharmacist for proper dosing instructions.