EPOC: Using diet to get your energy back EPOC: Using diet to get your energy back

While there is no cure to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a certain group of foods can help patients regain the energy they need to inhale and exhale.

According to the MedlinePlus webpage, people who have EPOC must work harder to breathe, which means they lose calories faster. In order to prevent patients from losing too much weight and losing their energy, they must include a series of preventive measures in their diet. This is especially important if the patient is overweight, which can make it even more difficult for them to breathe.

The recommendation for patients is to eat small meals and snacks that help maintain their energy. Another suggestion is to drink water and other liquids, without carbonation, throughout the day. This helps dilute and eliminate mucus. The MedlinePlus webpage also recommends including protein in the diet such as low-fat milk and cheese, eggs, meat, fish and nuts. It is important to talk with a specialist about how much fat a person should eat a day.

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