Dietary Fiber May Lower Lung Disease Risk
People who get enough fiber in their diets, particularly from whole grains, may have a lower risk of developing chronic lung disease than those who eat few high-fiber foods, a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds. Fiber has both antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties. The Wheat Foods Council suggests these grain- based snacks:
- A bagel topped with peanut butter before you begin your day combines carbohydrates with protein and some fat to keep you fueled all morning
- For a tasty alternative to milk, stir low-fat yogurt into ready-to-eat cereal for a breakfast that’s ready in less than one
- Wrap thinly sliced cheese, salsa, and black beans in a whole wheat tortilla for homemade Southwestern “takeout.” Warm in
- Stow pretzels, crackers, breadsticks, and ready-to-eat cereals close to you for an energy-packed snack that’s ready when you
- A slice of raisin bread with a cup of hot tea is a tasty indulgence to enjoy!
Exercise at Home Is Always A Good Alternative
Unsupervised home exercise is just as effective as a supervised program, Australian researchers have discovered, writing that “both weekly, supervised, outpatient-based exercise plus unsupervised home exercise and standard care of unsupervised home exercise successfully maintained 6-minute
walk distance and quality of life in subjects with moderate COPD.” In other exercise research, blood pressure and arterial stiffness are positively influenced by endurance exercise training in patients with COPD, according to French investigators. A high protein
diet with exercise has also been found to improve function in people with lung disease.