According to the CDC, about one in every 12 people has asthma, and the numbers are increasing every year. Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airway swells and becomes inflamed, resulting in difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and cough.
A good diet is an important part of your overall asthma treatment plan. Just like regular exercise, a healthy diet is good for everyone. That goes for people with asthma, too. Obesity is associated with more severe asthma, so you want to take steps to maintain a healthy weight. Many doctors and medical experts suspect that the specific foods you eat might have a direct impact on your asthma. But further research needs to be done before we understand the exact connection between asthma and diet. If you are allergic to certain foods, you should avoid them. Allergies can trigger asthma symptoms.
To be honest, there’s really no diet that will eliminate or cure your asthma but there are certain things you could be incorporating to help. Keep in mind that individual reactions to food vary a great deal, but here are some guidelines on what to eat to possibly help asthma, or at least not make it worse.
So, in order to remove respiratory issues and expand the capacity of your lungs you should consume foods high in Vitamin C and beta carotene. You should also add carrots and celery in your meals, because it’s extremely beneficial for you in reducing the effects of Asthma. You should consume food rich in chlorophyll in big amounts which detoxifies the colon and liver.
Your healthy diet for treating Asthma should include foods, such as: beetroot, capsicum, pumpkin, ginger root, pomegranate, blueberries, lemongrass, strawberry, cranberries, fennel, kale, watercress, tomato, radish, pineapple, guava, sour soup, cucumber, cilantro, spinach, and wheatgrass.
Foods and Drinks You Should Consume:
- Fruits and juices rich in antioxidants and vitamin C
- Fish oil with high level of omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel and tuna
- Hot, spicy mustard, pungent foods, garlic, chili peppers and onion
- Brewed coffee (not processed or instant) with caffeine, or tea with the bromine
Our suggestions for your meals that will be beneficial for your condition:
- 2 green apples; 6 ribs celery; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of parsley; ¼ lemon
- 1 oz wheatgrass juice; a squeeze of lemon juice.
- ¼ pineapple; 1 fennel; 8-10 leaves of kale; 3-4 radish; ½ lemon
- ¼ pineapple; 1 cucumber; 2 capsicums; ½ bunch watercress; ½ lemon
- 2 cups of strawberries; 1 cup cranberries; 1 pomegranate
- 1 cucumber; 2 medium-sized beetroots; 3 sticks lemongrass; ½ lemon
Foods and Drinks You Should Avoid:
- Animal products like eggs, cow milk, dairy,
- Meat – beef, pork, mutton, chicken and fish
- Citrus fruits
- Sodium and monosodium glutamate
- Vegetable oil like corn, sunflower, safflower – can cause inflammation
- Soft drinks
- Alcohol in the pure form
These small diet changes can make a huge difference in case of asthma. So, keep your diet healthy and help yourself.