In COPD, it’s absolutely essential to be able to clear the accumulated sputum-crap from one’s lungs. I mentioned a while back that this had become almost impossible, which I put this down to the dehydration caused by long-term diuretic use.
However, I’ve just spotted a blog post about milk intolerance, and there was the loud TING! of a plummeting penny.
You see, it might not be dehydration at all – or not entirely, at least. I used to drink quite a lot of milk, up to 16 pints of semi-skimmed a week at its peak, but in recent years more like 6. Dairy products have a bad rep for creating “phlegm” but, in my case, what it appeared to do was keep the secretions in my lungs soft and eminently removable (it might also have increased them in quantity, but that’s not really important).
What is important is that in an attempt to improve my health, I stopped drinking milk a couple of months ago, which is about when this problem started. The only way to know if the absence of milk is the culprit is to start drinking it again, and I shall, not least because the total absence of milk from my diet, as well as apparently screwing up my lungs, has removed a major source of calcium, and stopped me making porridge, or having breakfast cereal as a snack when I feel too buggered even to heat up a pie. Several downsides, then, and few, if any, perceivable benefits.
True, I’ve lost weight (I’m losing weight so fast it’s starting to get worrying), but even when I was drinking milk my calorie intake was still well under 1,000 a day.
So I’m going back to milk. A week or two should be enough to tell if my theory about my lungs is correct, and as long as I keep it to 6 pints a week, there should be no problems. And even if the weight loss goes into reverse, it’ll be worth it if my lungs are less obstructed – no point in being slimmer if I can’t bloody breathe!
Initially, I’m going for whole milk, to kick-start its phlegmy side-effects, then revert to semi-skimmed when (if?), my lungs get back to normal. Normal for me, that is…