• Limit carbohydrates, especially refined sugars: When we metabolize carbs for energy, we produce carbon dioxide. We produce less carbon dioxide from metabolizing proteins and fats, so it’s easier on our breathing.
  • Smoking and vaping cessation: Lung function, capacity, coughing and shortness of breath all improve within the first month of smoking cessation. After six to nine months of being smoke-free, the cilia in the lungs have healed and the frequency of lung infections improves12.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Gradual weight loss of 1-3 lbs per week is ideal for sustainable results. This should be done through eating a balanced diet rich in whole foods, including lean meats and fish, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Optimize Vitamin D levels: Having adequate levels of vitamin D is important to for a healthy immune system and lung function. Requesting blood work is the only way to know your vitamin D status, and for your doctor to decide on appropriate vitamin D supplementation dosing. Having adequate vitamin D can reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks13.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water helps to thin mucous in the lungs and improve breathing. Aim for at least 2 litres of water daily, and more if you’re active or in warm weather.
  • Improve air quality: Use a HEPA air purifier to improve air quality at home, vacuum and wet mop regularly to limit dust build up and minimize your use of scented products.
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