Keto Diet Helps People Breathe Easier

COPD is an umbrella term for a group of progressive lung conditions that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe, according to the American Lung Association. There is no cure for COPD, but treatment generally entails certain medications to help open the airways, pulmonary rehabilitation, supplemental oxygen, and, in severe cases, surgery. But there are also lifestyle tweaks that people can make that help as well, including eating the right foods.

“Diet is where people with COPD often make mistakes,” Raymond Casciari, MD, a pulmonologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California says.. Here’s why diet can make an impact: Your body has to do work to change the food you eat into fuel — this is called your metabolism, Casciari explains, and it requires oxygen to work effectively. As a result of your body breaking down food for fuel, it produces energy and carbon dioxide, a waste product that you exhale.

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