A healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is very important for anyone with bronchiectasis or any chronic health condition for preventing worsening of the condition and also builds a stronger immune system for preventing infections. Neil Schachter, MD, specializes in pulmonary medicine. In his book, "Life and Breath", he says that the strongest link in pulmonary disease risk reduction and diet has been with fruits. He recommends having fruits at every meal. Fresh fruits are good sources of vitamins A, C, and E plus very important bioflavonoids. Dr Schachter also recommends eating 4-5 servings of vegetables per day, whole grains, plus low fat or no fat dairy, and limiting meat to no more than 6 ounces per day. He also says that limiting salt consumption is very important.
I feel that it is very important to include a lot of fresh vegetables, beans, and fruits in the diet, plus whole grains, seeds, and nuts. Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends this type of diet and says that if animal products are included in the diet, it should be in very limited amounts to make room in the stomach for the higher nutrient plant foods. Plant foods are are very high in nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and many phytonutrients (both discovered and some not discovered yet) which have powerful effects on our health. Green leafy vegetables are especially high in nutrients and should be included in the diet everyday. The cruciferous vegetables have been shown to have powerful anti-cancer effects in the body. Leafy greens including kale, bok choy, collard greens, mustard greens, arugala, and watercress are all members of the cruciferous family of vegetables. It is important to include a variety of plant foods in the diet everyday to get all the nutrients that your body needs for good health and healing. This type of diet is especially important for any health condition, including bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and many other chronic health conditions.