• Christmas and Holiday Flying with a Portable Concentrator

    Are you visiting family or going on vacation over the holidays this year? If you use a portable oxygen concentrator, it could be stressful to plan your trip with oxygen, as there are many things you should be aware of before you head to the airport for your flight.

    Even though it might seem daunting to travel with oxygen, it’s vital for many people. "Oxygen can decrease shortness of breath when you are active and allow you to do more". By carrying oxygen, it can help you do the things you love, such as travel to see your loved ones.

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  • Stay Asthma Free this Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show the people in your life how much you really care. If you’re lucky enough to receive gifts on this special day or are planning a fun activity, there are some things you’ll want to keep an eye out for especially if you suffer from breathing related ailments such as asthma!

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  • Ways to Deal With Holiday Stress

    We all know how damaging stress can be on your overall health. It affects your heart, does a number on your immune system, making you much more susceptible to getting sick, and even causes memory loss. Those are things you definitely don't need, at any time of the year! The holidays can be hard on people, because there are just so many things expected of us. Our obligations to family and friends shouldn't make us feel stressed and overwhelmed, but it can happen anyway.

    You might have holiday parties to go to, lots of presents to buy, and things to cook and bake and decorate. You might certainly want to do these things, but you're pressed for time. And then there's the snow and cold weather adding to the stress of going shopping, standing in line and making your way through the crowded malls and stores to try to get the discounts on the presents you want to buy. All of this on top of a bigger heating bill and other usual bills.

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  • Eating Healthy Foods on Thanksgiving

    No matter who you are or how healthy you are, we could all be a little more health conscious, especially in terms of the foods we eat. During this time of year, we tend to eat a lot, and eat a lot of the things that we shouldn't. If you have COPD, you should always strive to eat healthier to fuel your body and help keep your immune system, lungs, heart, and brain function in tip-top-shape.

    If you have any say in how Thanksgiving Dinner is made this year, here are some healthy, and delicious alternatives to the usual Thanksgiving dinner menu. These alternatives are different from what you might be used to, but they definitely don't lack in flavor. Your body will thank you later because of the added vitamins and nutrients.

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  • 5 Healthy Holiday Habits

    The holiday season can be so busy that many of us, often, let our health take a back seat. There are plenty of tempting, unhealthy, habits that we can pick up during this time of year. Here are five, simple, holiday habits you can adapt to make sure you stay in tip-top-shape through this hectic and fun season.

    Drink Smart

    Drinking an excess of alcohol is one of the biggest problems people face during the holidays. The ideal of having “more fun” at parties and treating yourself can easily get out of hand. Drinking too much can equate to feeling much worse later on in the day, evening, next day, and some times more. Drink smarter and healthier this holiday season by sticking to champagne and dry wines which contain less sugars and carbs than eggnog, beer, and sweet wines. Stay hydrated and remind yourself to slow down by drinking water or a ginger ale throughout the night. Stay hydrated!

    Drink Smart

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  • New Year’s Resolutions – How to Start Feeling Healthier Tomorrow

    One simple New Years resolution that you can make is just to feel healthier. There are many things you can start doing today to help you feel healthier, and they work amazingly fast. You may wake up tomorrow feeling better than you did today!

    Quit Smoking

    It's amazing how quickly your body starts to bounce back after you've quit smoking. You will notice that your senses of smell and taste will become much stronger. The cough you may have, in the mornings especially, will start to decrease as your airways finish clearing out the tar that you've been breathing in. Electronic cigarettes that allow you to gradually decrease your nicotine intake are one popular method for quitting smoking. You could also try nicotine patches or gum. Keep your hand busy with other things while you are working on kicking the habit.

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  • Give the Gift of Oxygen Freedom this Holiday Season

    If you have a good friend or family member who wants and needs a portable oxygen concentrator, but they can't quite afford one, we can think of no other gift that will make them as happy this holiday season. It's likely that they want a portable oxygen concentrator because they want to be able to go on trips, or go out and about on their errands without worrying about getting back home to use their home oxygen concentrator. They want to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, and their need for oxygen therapy shouldn't have to stand in the way of that.

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  • Easy Holiday Travel with Your Oxygen Concentrator

    Traveling during the holidays can be fun but also hectic and stressful. There always seems to be something unexpected to throw a wrench in your plans. “Expecting the unexpected” really comes into play during these weeks before the big holiday travel rush! Luckily, there are some things you can do to plan ahead and prepare yourself for any mishaps, and to make sure your travel plans actually go as planned, as well as back you up if something does go wrong.

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  • Managing Holiday Stress and COPD

    The holidays can be a very stressful time for anyone – you want to buy presents for your friends and family, plan a trip, plan a family meal and a get-together, and handle the cold weather that you might be experiencing in your part of the world. All of this can be hard to handle for someone who is in full health, not to mention for someone who has a chronic lung condition, such as COPD, or for someone who needs to use oxygen therapy on a daily basis.

    The key is to not out-do yourself. Buying presents and working yourself into a stressful situation isn't worth taking a toll on your health. It's important to keep in mind that your friends and loved ones would want you to stay healthy above all else this time of year. It's true that stress can get you sick, and this is a real risk during the holiday season. We are in the midst of cold and flu season, and the flu, or even just a run of the mill cold can exacerbate your COPD.

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  • Managing Your Weight Around the Holidays

    During the Holiday season, between Halloween and through New Years, eating becomes a social event. This is the main reason why so many people complain about gaining a few unwanted pounds during this time of year. With all of the delicious foods all around us, and not wanting to offend anyone by not at least sampling their homemade goods, it's easy to overeat. Gaining a few pounds might not be such an issue, but overeating can be dangerous, especially when it comes to what you are eating.

    If you have COPD, eating too much can even make it hard for you to breathe, and it's easy to start to feel full quickly. Don't feel obliged or pressured into eating more than you can handle – your family and friends will understand. A full stomach will push against your diaphragm and in turn put pressure on your lungs, which will become uncomfortable and make breathing difficult. Here are a few tips and tricks for avoiding the weight gain, as well as the bloat.

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