Anyone diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis or any other chronic lung disease will definitely wish to be free of the painful symptoms. Luckily, this could be achieved by making a few changes to your daily diet.

Diet is very important for those diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Even if you are on medication and inhalers or even supplemental oxygen, you may have probably gone through a slowing down in your overall quality of life. Despite the ongoing treatments to curtail the internal disease from progressing, most people desire to have a treatment as early as possible to affect long term respiratory health.

The best way to arrest this situation is to start eating the right food for pulmonary fibrosis. The Lung Institute has given a diet plan for those with pulmonary fibrosis or other chronic diseases.

Even though suitable nutrition is not given priority, getting the correct quantity of nutrients is very important to your body to function healthily and efficiently.

Fish and Meat


Pulmonary fibrosis patients need to increase their intake of protein such as fatty fish and poultry. Very often those with chronic lung disease neglect their intake of enough protein. It is recommended to add fish and chicken to your diet. Fish is full of vital oils and fatty acids such as omega-3s which is required by the body and brain to function properly.

Lean meat of chicken and turkey are some of the best protein intakes. However, these should not be fried but grilled instead as the oil build up from frying deprives these foods of all the good nutrients and low calories.

Vegetables and Fruits


When choosing vegetables keep the color in mind.

Some of the best vegetables are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli without cheese
  • Carrots without ranch
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Squash
  • Spinach, kale or arugula

The best fruits are the ones which are full of vitamins and antioxidants such as:

  • Cherries
  • Mango
  • Citrus fruits such oranges and orange juice
  • Berries such as blackberries, blueberries, cranberries.
  • Bananas

Although banana is not sugar-free it has a lot of potassium and manganese in it.

Water and Milk

It is advisable to drink plenty of water and milk. It is a common fact that many people do not drink enough water. Still, out of all the vitamins and nutrients that exist in the food list above, water is definitely the most important thing you cannot live without.


Your energy can be increased by drinking more water, stress could be reduced, helps in sleeping better and also assist in your overall mental ability.

With regard to milk, there has been an impression that milk creates more mucus in people who have a chronic respiratory illness. Actually, it does not happen that way. On the contrary, there is a possibility of the phlegm becoming thicker rather than creating more mucus. Milk is quite important in the diet as with ageing process setting in, osteoporosis slowly becomes a big issue, most specially in those having chronic lung disease.