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Eating a healthy, balanced diet helps to keep you – and your lungs – healthy. It can help to fight infections and can give you the energy you need to stay active.
The Eatwell Guide is a useful tool that shows the types and amounts of foods we should eat, and those we should have less of. We don’t need to strictly follow this guide at every meal, but we should be having a balance of these food groups over the whole day or week. Following the Eatwell Guide can help to maintain a healthy weight and get all of the nutrients that we need.
The main food groups are:
It is also important to keep your body well hydrated. This may stop your sputum from getting too sticky and make chest clearance exercises easier.
Try to drink 6-8 cups of non-alcoholic fluid a day (water, milk, sugar-free drinks, tea, and coffee count), even if it means an extra visit to the toilet.