Now that the holidays have come and gone, many of us are glad to say goodbye to the indulgent food and desserts that we might have treated ourselves with during the holiday season. Although events and activities looked different this year, the extra sweets and savory meals remained the same for many. Unhealthy food choices have also been on the upswing with everyone remaining home. If you suffer from sleep apnea and have not been feeling your best recently, your food choices might be to blame. We are going to share a list of foods that can help and hurt your condition.
Foods to Add to Your Diet
When dealing with sleep apnea, weight concerns can be an issue. These foods all contain healthy ingredients to help you remain full for a longer time, helping to eliminate overeating and promote weight loss.
Fruits and Vegetables
Full of nutrients and fiber, many foods in this category offer natural melatonin assisting with sleep. Foods to enjoy in this category would be cherries, asparagus, broccoli, and cucumbers.
Low Fat Dairy Products
Calcium, protein, and vitamin D are all essential nutrients to your diet and are found in dairy products. While full fat versions are to be avoided as you will read below, low fat versions can be enjoyed in moderation.
Whole wheat, brown rice and oats keep us feeling full for a longer time and provide healthy nutrients our bodies need.
Foods To Avoid or Limit
High Fat Meats
While steaks, hamburgers, and bacon are delicious, the high fat content can lead to inflammation in the body, which affects sleep quality. A better choice would be lean meats such as chicken or fish.
High Fat Dairy Products
Whole milk, cream, and full fat cheese lead to an increase in mucus production in the body. Elevated mucus levels lead to breathing problems when sleeping.
Sweet desserts, white bread, pasta, and breakfast cereals have a high sugar content adding extra calories and, in abundance, can affect weight.
If you feel you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of sleep apnea and would like more information, our office located in London, Ontario offers a variety of treatment options for adults and children suffering from OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. Call today to schedule an appointment, we are happy to meet with you and evaluate the situation.
Dr. Brock Rondeau and Team Rondeau