What Is An Asthma Diet?
Anti-Asthma Diet And Natural Remedies
There is growing evidence that the modern Western diet makes asthma more likely to develop. Although some of this evidence is convincing, other findings are less conclusive as of yet. Regardless, an anti-asthma diet involves choosing healthy food that are good for anyone's health. Such a diet works by tackling the inflammation of the airways, the underlying cause of asthma attacks. It is considered a long-term treatment/prevention therapy.
The main elements of an anti-asthma diet are:
Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that prevents inflammation.
Research shows that people who eat more fresh fruit have better lung function and are less likely to develop asthma or bronchitis. Apples, mangoes and apricots are particularly effective. It may be that the Vitamin C content of fruit, helps.
A high intake of fresh green veggies like cabbage, peas, broccoli, parsley and spring greens may help because they contain beta-carotene and vitamin C. They also contain magnesium, and research shows people who consume more magnesium, have healthier airways. Baked potatoes, navy beans, porridge, watercress, lima beans, soya beans and bananas are other good sources of magnesium.
Fresh tomatoes, tomato ketchup or tomato puree contain high levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain another antioxidant called lycopene which may make you less vulnerable to asthma.
A natural source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
Infection Fighting Foods
Garlic, onions and lentils help fight infections and clear the lungs.
Sprinkle turmeric on your meals or add when cooking, this powerful spice is an anti-inflammatory.
Foods To Avoid
1. Any food that causes indigestion or acid reflux (GERD).
2. Sodium (salt) based foods. Some people develop symptoms after eating a bag of chips (crisps).
3. Foods with E numbers, particularly dye tartrazine (E102), benzoic acid (E210) and E numbers 220-227.
4. Any food you have an intolerance to - this may be dairy, wheat, nuts, chocolate, and tomatoes or anything else. Have an allergy test to determine your intolerances.
See more: What triggers an asthma attack?
Natural Remedies And Supplements
Generally it is better to get your nutrients from the food you eat. That said, asthmatics who live in high-pollution areas (cities) may find taking a vitamin C supplement beneficial. However avoid taking a dose over 1,000mg a day as this could disturb your sleep.
Some supplements can cause more harm than good. Studies show that omega-3 oils can make asthma worse. Also, taking beta-carotene supplements may promote cancer, it should only be ingested through food.
Acupuncture has proven successful for many asthma sufferers, as has a regular massage with chamomile and lavender essential oils.
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