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Dairy and Lungs?

Does anyone have any experience and/or advice about whether dairy does / does not create problems for their lungs?

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Can only base this on me personally. I have found that if l cut down, lots, on fairy l don't appear to produce as much phlegm. This is purely me though.

Hope it helps

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Not fairy! Lol

Dairy!

Auto correct is a pain some days

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Fairy sounds fun! Lol! x Moy

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Lol, yes, my error does seem to have made many folks giggle which is excellent

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Ha ha I thought you drank Fairy Liquid!!

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Thank you for replying. I know it's individual views but I was just wondering if others think they're better off reducing or eliminating it. I also think if we all had lots of 'fairies' that might be good for us. Made me smile for a start 😀Thank you x

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Lol

I don't think complete elimination would be a good idea without medical say so but it was my GP who said l could try cutting down so that was okay

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Sounds like good advice to me. Thank you x

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Certainly worth a try

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Lol...made me laugh too!! I love a bit of FAIRY but have noticed it causes me problems if I eat too much. I get bloated really quickly & bring up more phlegm than if I avoid it, we are all different & what one can tolerate maybe another one can't .

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I think I'm getting more 'intolerant' as I get older... to loads of things generally LOL Thanks for your reply x

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Hi from what I understand dairy food doesn't produce more mucus but just makes it thicker and stickier. If you drink more water you will thin it down and it shouldn't be a problem.

I am not a believer in cutting out whole groups though. One of my sisters had a very bad dry cough (doesn't have any lung disease) or smokes etc. but she cut out all dairy food then reintroduced them one by one. She found she was intolerant of cows milk and ice cream. She has since cut these out and her cough has completely gone.

I know your case is a bit different but this might help.

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Thank you. That's really interesting. Pleased she is now cough-free. It's exhausting coughing a lot x

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You are very welcome. I cough a lot as well and it is totally exhausting! x

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The only thing I have changed is my milk. I now have coconut milk. I use the same as ordinary milk, and it does taste nice.

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Thanks. The NHS talks a lot about babies and lactose intolerance but can't see anything for adults, but I do know in some people dairy does make a difference.

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I came off all dairy 1.5 years ago & it has made a huge difference to the amount of mucous. I drink almond milk, make ice cream & yogurt with it too & eat goats cheese. & drink lemon ginger & manuka honey tea

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I have full fat milk, Double cream etc and have no problems. It seems to be an individual thing.

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Sounds good to me. I'm not keen on cream but I had soya milk for years and years but introduced milk again. No dairy at all makes things difficult, although I have done it before. In my situation now I don't think it would make much difference really. Might try it and see.

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I need the calories. And dairy products help a lot with thick shakes etc.

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I have bronchiectasis. Cutting out dairy made no difference at all to the amount of mucus but did make it impossible to keep weight on. The only thing of all of the different advice re food groups, additives, strange drinks made up of vile spices that made any difference to my well being is large doses of vitamin D. I take this every day and haven't had a virus or an exacerbation since The GP took the decision to put me through the Vit D boosting regime. ( fingers crossed, will probably catch something now I've said that!)

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Thanks for your reply. Vitamin D sounds like it could be good for me too. I'm seeing my GP on Friday so I'll see what he says. Thanks again x

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Since taking Carbocisteine I produce next to no phelm. I used to be choking on it. 👌

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How much vitamin D do you take please?

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Your GP needs to test your levels. There is a guidance sheet for GPs. My GP gave me this.

If you come out under 30 you need treatment ( it used to be under 50)

treatment is then 20,000 iu 3x week for five weeks

then 800 iu 1-2 per day permanently. colecalciferol d3

then after nine weeks check bloods again. If vit D still low change to calceos or adcal d3 2 tablets per day.

I permanently take 1600 iu per day.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks for your reply - I started taking the drops a month ago just as a supplement but will check with doctor at next visit, take care

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I drink a lot of fresh orange juice which has cut down my milk consumption. The sort with no concentrate is what I drink.

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Thank you. I think I'll try all the recommendations to see if anything works for me. It's the first thing in the morning cough that seems to be worse for me. I don't cough at all at night but when I sit up, I cough. Eventually after quite some time, I stop again! It is a productive cough not a dry one. I keep looking accusingly at my cat Oliver as he loves morning tickles and jumps in the bed. I banned my tempur pillow and I leave the windows open. Trying anything really x

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I've been encouraged to drink a pint of skimmed milk a day as I have Osteoporosis.

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Please take a look at this video, it explains that the opposite is true, milk is actually bad for your bones, maybe with the exception of fermented milk... nutritionfacts.org/video/is...

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Only my own personal insight. I am very ill and have been for some time my medication reads like a shopping list. Recently I was diagnosed with a lung infection which was rather fortuitous in a way. It explained why after I had bran flakes and milk, 4 - 5 times a week I would feel ill with a stomach ache and I would go to bed for a couple of hours. My wife bought Almond milk which I used instead of normal semi-skimmed milk and no longer did I feel ill after breakfast.

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Goodness! That is brilliant! Really pleased you have solved that problem. Take care x

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If you cut out dairy products, remember you need to have another source of calcium in your diet - such as calcium enriched soya milk, tinned sardines with the bones still in, sesame seeds, etc.

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