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Diet Plan for Patients of Lung Disease

The lungs are remarkable therefore should be cared for. Healthy weight is important for people suffering with lung disease. Extra weight can increase shortness of breath and can put strain on heart, while underweight may decrease energy level and make one susceptible to infections. Asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema are chronic lung diseases.
So in case of lung diseases, good nutrition is very essential to prevent infections and keep your lungs healthy and for that avoid Fat diet and focus more on consuming fiber and protein rich foods that include fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Fresh and raw foods are the finest mode to get the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will help you to keep your breathing easy and comfortable.


Vegetables
To Avoid To Consume
Okra Cabbage
Eggplant Cauliflower
Beans Bell Peppers
Potato Pumpkin
Taro roots (arbi/kachalu) Ash Gourd
- Bottle Gourd
- Ridge Gourd
- Onion
- Carrot
- Dark Vegetables
- Broccoli
- Green Coriander
- Garlic
- Ginger
Non-Veg
Fried meat Eggs
Red meat Fish
Grilled meat White Meat Chicken
- Turkey
Fruits
Apricot Nuts
Peaches Pomegranate
Orange Grape Fruit
Banana Avocadoes
Grapes (Sour) Papaya
Citrus Fruits Watermelon
All Berries (can be taken in moderation if not sour) Sugar Cane
- Apple
- Pear
Grains/Legumes
Rice Brown rice
Chick peas Soya grains
Kidneys beans (rajmah) Wheat
Black grams (udad daal) Oats
- Green gram (moong dal)
- Bengal gram (kale chane)
Spices/Herbs/Oils
Salt Turmeric
Green chilly Olive oil
Red chilly Canola oil
- Coriander
- Cumin
- Thyme
- Fenugreek
- Mint
- Cod liver oil
- Flax seed/oil
Other Food Items
Oily foods 6-8 glasses of water
Alcohol Soaked almonds
Milk (high fat) Turmeric and milk (half tsp. turmeric in a glass of milk)
Peanuts Honey
Curd -
Cold items -
Fried food items -
White flour biscuits -
Saturated fatty products -
White flour bread -
Maggie -
Junk foods -
Packed foods -

Eat at least 3 servings of whole grain foods each day.

Diet Schedule For Lung Disease

Early Morning

Herbal tea / Green tea

Breakfast

Veg Dalia / Veg oats / Veg Upma / Poha / Vermicelli (Veg Sewian) / Stuffed Chapatti / Chapatti with veg or Dal / 1 - Egg white portion only

Mid-Morning

Fruit / Coconut water / Herbal tea / Green tea / Salad

Lunch

Chapatti / Boiled Rice / Vegetable with Dal / Salad

Evening

Sprouts / Green tea / Home-made Soup / Herbal tea / Salad

Dinner

Chapatti / Boiled Rice / Vegetable with Dal

Things To Remember

  • Flax seed- 1 tsp/day
  • Water intake should be limited 6-8 glasses per day
  • Walk for at least 30 min is recommended
  • Whole fruits should be preferred to fruit juices
  • Skipping meals should be avoided, especially the breakfast.
  • Herbal Tea- Boil ½ tsp each of fennel, coriander, cumin in 3 cups of water till it’s reduced to 1 cups.