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Barb opened her front door and stepped out into the refreshing embrace of a warm, gentle breeze on a sunny day. Fall in the Sonoran Desert brought a unique charm comparable to springtime. As she took in her surroundings, a spirited road runner darted across the street, on a determined mission for breakfast. Barb couldn’t help but smile at the sight, momentarily forgetting her own discomfort. However, as the persistent cough that had lingered for the past few days returned, she again ruminated about her problem and what to do about it.
“I really need to find out what is going on with this cough,” she thought to herself.
As she stood on the porch contemplating her predicament, LJ, her neighbor, slowed down from his morning jog and greeted her with genuine concern.
“Hey Barb, everything alright? That cough sounds pretty serious.”
Giving him a worried nod, Barb held up her hand to signal that she needed a moment. Taking a deep breath, she managed to regain control and finally ceased her coughing fit.
“Oh goodness, this cough has been persisting for a whole week now. I’m waiting on the test results from my doctor, so hopefully, I’ll have some answers soon. Tad and I were supposed to get the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine, but they advised me to wait until my cough subsides.”
LJ assures her, “I hope it’s nothing too serious, Barb. You know Annie and I are here for you, so please keep us posted once you receive your diagnosis.”
“Thank you so much. You and Annie have been wonderful neighbors. Actually, there’s something you might be able to help me with. Are there any specific foods you would recommend for maintaining healthy lungs? Even if this cough turns out to be nothing more than a minor annoyance, we’re entering flu season, there’s a new COVID variant, and the cold, dry winter air could aggravate our airways. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.”
LJ replied, “Absolutely, Barb. Weather can indeed impact lung health. So, let’s assume your diagnosis comes back, and it’s not RSV or anything more serious, including bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. While a nutrient-rich diet packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals cannot cure these illnesses, it can help support lung health and reduce inflammation. Here is a list of the top foods that can help boost lung function:
Barb was impressed. “Wow, I didn’t know so many in-season foods could help support my lung health. I’ll include them in my diet,” she said.
LJ smiled. “That’s great. In addition to these foods, it is important to drink plenty of water and avoid foods that can irritate the lungs, such as dairy products, processed foods, and sugary drinks. A healthy diet is just one part of a comprehensive approach to respiratory health. Always check with your doctor before making any significant dietary changes.”
Barb nodded in agreement. “Thanks for the advice, LJ. I feel better already.”
LJ smiled. “Knowledge is power. You’re welcome.”
Annie and LJ are a fictional couple. Their storyline promotes healthy eating and earth-friendly practices.
The Food-as-Medicine philosophy is based on the belief that whole food is a traditional remedy with the therapeutic power to improve and maintain one’s health. The philosophy has been around for hundreds of years.Read More