Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Busting Food

Eating food to your heart’s content has always been everyone’s motto. This principle is applied every time people are facing sets of delectable foods. It may sound satisfactorily appealing for others but not as favorable for asthmatics.

Bronchial asthma is similar to other endocrine problems such as diabetes mellitus. People suffering from these health problems may have well-planned eating habits and limits their ability to select food choices.

Despite from its being a respiratory problem, which is not related to any metabolic anomalies but allergy triggers the condition. This simply explains the reason, why asthmatics must take a strict diet precautionary measure.

Before you about to horde foods that meet your eyes, take time to reflect and ask yourself, is this safe for my condition? Can I enjoy eating this food without worrying of my health? Will I still be living healthily if I continue to eat this?

After reflecting on these questions, will you still put that food into your mouth? Fortunately, there are food powers that are deliciously safe for your health. Take these recommendations to have an asthma-free life.

Top Four Food Powers for Asthmatics Eating is a physiological need and this must be addressed to obtain a healthy life. But for cases of asthmatics, selected food items can promote their well-being. 

These include:

1.Caffeine (Dark Chocolates, Coffee, and Tea). 

According to a study made by the researchers from Tel Aviv University, drinking of caffeinated products (ideally, two cups for a hundred pound person) before exercising can relax their respiratory airways. 

This can prevent bronchial spasms, which commonly occur to asthmatics while exercising. Furthermore, avoidance of salt-containing foods before exercising is beneficial, as well. 

Researchers from Colorado, USA found out that asthmatics, who maintain a low-salt diet, have improved lung capacity after exercising. This includes an optimal peak flow meter result. 

2.Antioxidants (Carrots, Watermelon, Spinach, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Papaya, and Sweet Potato). 

Asthmatics are prone to radical-binding chemicals, which can increase the production of mucus in the respiratory tract. 

As a result, they may end up suffering from serious respiratory problem especially if the mucus is too thick and tenacious. To reduce the radicals in the body, eating of foods that are rich of antioxidants is recommended. Clinicians from Israel found out that asthmatics that are using mega dosage of antioxidants (at least 8 mg in a day for one week) have improved lung capacity than those who are not using.

However, the American FDA only recommends people to take 4-6 mgs of antioxidants in a day. Consult your asthma specialist before increasing your dose. 

3.Omega Oils (fish oils from Mackerel, Salmon, and Tuna). 

Researchers from Indiana, USA have discovered that asthmatics taking a dose of omega oils (particularly, 2.2 grams of DHA and 3.2 grams of EPA) for about 15 minutes before workouts are exhibiting an improved lung function. The fish oils contribute to the prevention of inflammatory processes in the airway.The most beneficial form of fish oil is omega-3-fatty acid. Avoid using of food containing omega-6-fatty acid because this can trigger asthma attack. 

4.Vitamin C (Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Broccoli, Kiwi, and Oranges). 

Expert clinicians from Yale University explained that an asthmatic person taking at least 300 mgs of vitamin C for two days is showing an improved lung condition. This eliminates the presence of respiratory wheezing and difficulty of breathing after workouts. 

This water soluble vitamin controls the production of histamine in the body. Additionally, it promotes metabolism of histamine, which reduces the chance of airway inflammation. 

These four mighty food groups will serve as your ultimate guide for a healthy workout and asthma-free life. Make sure to plan your diet especially, when focusing on breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Take time to plan with your doctor or dietician to come up with the best diet structure.
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