Eat more fiber
Why should I eat more fiber? Fiber can improve your health in three ways:
* It helps your colon work better
* It reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer
* It may help lower your cholesterol level
Men over 50 years of age should get 30 grams of fiber per day; women over 50 should get 21 grams per day.
I don't want to start eating healthy food. How can I get more fiber without changing my diet completely?
You don't have to change your diet all at once. Try making one small change at a time. For example, if you eat two slices of white toast for breakfast, replace one of them with a slice of whole grain bread. If you drink orange juice every day, eat an orange instead for three days of the week. If you prefer salty snacks, try low-fat popcorn instead of potato chips. Some people find it helpful to focus on adding a single high-fiber food at each meal or snack time.
Foods rich in fiber:
* Unprocessed wheat bran
* Unrefined breakfast cereals
* Whole wheat and rye flours
* Grainy breads, such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel * Fresh fruits, such as apples, berries and pears
* Dried fruits, such as prunes, apricots and figs
* Vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots and green peas
* Legumes, such as chickpeas, baked beans and navy beans
Fruits and vegetables are a great healthy addition to your diet. Not only are they high in fiber, but they are also high in other vitamins and minerals.
(Taken from Newsletter)
Chilly winter problems
People with COPD need to be extremely aware of avoiding viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal lung infections. Lung infections will make COPD symptoms much worse: more short of breath, cough more, and have even less energy. Once infected, it is more likely that the infection will progress to pneumonia.
Be proactive with your vaccines and take the time to wash your hands. Additionally, some health problems get worse in the cold. To be safe and comfortable:
* Bundle up from head to toe in several layers
* Use a face mask that warms the air you breathe
* Preheat the car before getting into it, and keep your home warm
* Sleep with an electric blanket
* Warm clothing in the dryer before dressing
* Drink warm or hot drinks
* Run a humidifier to raise the humidity level in your home
ACHES & PAINS
Pain is a well-known fact of life, and for many of us, an all-too-common occurrence in daily living. However, it is actually a warning signal-our body's way of telling us something isn't quite right. Without pain, we would have no way of knowing about serious medical conditions ongoing in our bodies, and treatment of these conditions could be significantly delayed.
General pain comes in two varieties - acute and chronic.
* Acute pain can usually be diagnosed and treated, and is usually confined to a given period of time and level of severity. Examples of acute pain include cutting your finger or bumping your head. Because acute pain is often associated with specific medical conditions, when to see a healthcare provider depends on the type of condition you're experiencing. Do some research and speak with a healthcare professional to learn more. Keep in mind that sudden severe pain - the worst pain you've ever experienced - is always a medical emergency, and reason to call 911.
* Chronic pain persists over a long period of time and is resistant to most medical treatments. Chronic pain severely limits life enjoyment. Examples of chronic pain include arthritis, backaches, and sometimes conditions that are difficult to identify. If you're experiencing chronic pain, contact your healthcare provider in the following situations:
> If your pain has lasted for more than three months
> If you are feeling depressed and having a hard time enjoying life experiences
> If chronic pain is keeping you up at night
> If you have recovered from an illness, yet pain associated with the illness lingers