COPD stands for chronic, obstructive, pulmonary disorder and is a term that that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. That means you have a higher chance of dying from these lung problems than you do from an accident, a stroke, Alzheimer’s or even diabetes.
If you have COPD, you can have symptoms that include:
- Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
- General fatigue and lack of energy
- Producing a lot of mucus or phlegm
- Having to clear your throat first thing in the morning, due to excess mucus
- Unintended weight loss
Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies that you can use to help relieve some of the problems caused by COPD symptoms and improve the health of your lungs.
#1 – Ginseng
Studies have shown that ginseng can help people improve their lung function and exercise tolerance. But be cautious because ginseng interferes with several types of medications, including blood thinners, stimulants, diuretics, some antidepressants, and drugs that suppress the immune system.
#2 – Vitamin D
Your lungs suffer if you are deficient in vitamin D. This deficiency is associated with worsening lung function and a more rapid decline in lung function in smokers or people exposed to second-hand smoke.
#3 – Magnesium
Magnesium helps to relax and open your airways. When someone experiences an asthma attack, passageways narrow.
#4 – NAC
NAC, or N-Acetylcysteine, is known as a mucolytic because it can help to reduce mucus and loosen sputum, a major problem for COPD sufferers.
#5 – DMG
DMG, or dimethylglycine can work wonders for lung issues. DMG increases circulation and increases oxygen utilization allowing you to breathe easier. DMG is considered a food and is safe for even infants to take. Besides helping with COPD, DMG is also used to lower blood cholesterol, triglycerides and to helps bring blood pressure and blood sugar into normal range.
Besides taking the supplements above, you should also avoid triggers that make your COPD symptoms worse. These include smoking, exposure to pollution and chemicals (especially bleach), cold air, dust and pet dander.
Getting regular exercise and drinking water can also help you in the battle against COPD. In fact, studies have shown that patients with COPD who are more physically active suffer less severe symptoms than those who are more sedentary.
So, if you’re tired of the endless cycle of COPD symptoms — feeling breathless so you do less which causes your muscles to weaken and you become even more breathless — use the natural tips above to feel better and breathe deeply again.
If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD and are looking for natural remedies, call Doctor’s Nutrition today at 1-800-824-0194 and
see what supplements you can take to counter
the effects of this debilitating disease.