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Prevent Lung Disease – 1 Simple Trick That Works for EVERYONE!

By on February 4, 2016
Want an easy and cheap way to prevent lung disease? Then try this: Eat more fiber.

According to recent research reported by the American Thoracic Society, those who ate more than 17.5 grams of fiber per day were the least likely to develop lung disease–and had better lung function and breathing capacity as well.

These are important findings, as there are currently only a few ways to reduce the risk of this disease.

“Lung disease is an important public health problem, so it’s important to identify modifiable risk factors for prevention,” says Corrine Hanson, Ph.D., R.D., a University of Nebraska Medical Center associate professor of medical nutrition. “However, beyond smoking very few preventative strategies have been identified. Increasing fiber intake may be a practical and effective way for people to have an impact on their risk of lung disease.”

The Research

Examining 1,921 middle aged to senior adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys during 2009 and 2010, researchers specifically looked at their fiber intake, measuring how much they ate on average.

Eventually, they found that 571 participants ate more than the daily fiber recommendation per day, or at least 17.5 grams. Those who ate fewer than 10.75 grams per day, which included 360 participants, were considered to have a low fiber intake.

From there, researchers tested their lung and breathing ability through a series of tests.

So who performed the best?

According to their findings, those who ate at least 17.5 grams of fiber came out on top, having better lung function, less airway restriction and better lung capacity. This also meant they faced a lower risk of lung disease.

Those who ate the least amount of fiber, or less than 10 grams per day, were more likely to have the disease, however.

“Taken together, these findings suggest dietary fiber has considerable relevance to lung health, notably impaired lung function and reduced respiratory mortality,” say researchers in a press release. “Low dietary fiber intake was associated with reduced measures of lung function, an increased prevalence of participants with airway restriction. A diet rich in fiber-containing
foods may play a role in improving lung health.”

As for the reason why fiber is beneficial for the lungs, researchers say it may have to do with inflammation. Fiber helps reduce inflammation in the body, and chronic inflammation is associated with innumerable lung diseases. Other researchers show that fiber changes the composition of gut microbiomes, releasing more lung-protective chemicals. This helps reduce the risk of lung disease.

Regardless of the reason why it improves lung disease, however, the real take-home message is this: Fiber works, and you need to eat at least 17.5 grams of it daily.

“[Public health campaigns could eventually] target diet and fiber as safe and inexpensive ways of preventing lung disease,” says Hanson.

Readers: How much fiber do you eat on a daily basis?

Sources:
Fiber-Rich Diet May Reduce Lung DiseaseScienceDaily.com
The Relationship Between Dietary Fiber and Lung Function in NHANES (Study)Thoracic.org

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