Strategies to Control Your Emphysema


1.Drink the Right Things

You need fluids ­– about 8 cups a day — to keep your body hydrated and your mucus thin. Water is a great choice, but you can also drink fruit juice, decaf coffee, and tea. Limit caffeine and alcohol, as they can dry you out. And yes, you can drink milk. It’s a good source of nutrients. If you think it may lead to more phlegm, try skim rather than whole or a plant-based beverage instead.


2.Pace Your Eating

Four to six small meals is better than three larger ones because a less-full stomach makes breathing easier. Try to eat earlier in the day, when you’re less tired and can move around better. That helps digestion. Take your time. Rest before you tuck into your food, and don’t lie down right after you finish.