7 Foods to Avoid With COPD
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Eat Well, Breathe Better

We all need food to fuel our body’s activities, and that includes breathing. When you’re living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common lung disease that makes it hard to breathe, you need more energy to breathe than most. A good diet can help because it can keep you at an ideal weight to support your breathing and help keep COPD symptoms from getting worse. Steering clear of the foods that can deplete your energy and increase your symptoms will help you, and your loved ones, breathe a little easier.

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