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Asthma Foods

Asthma foods - Discover what you should include more in your diet and what you should cut out

The type of foods you eat can either help or make your asthma condition worse. Following an anti-asthma diet will keep inflammation down and prevent the airways from clogging up.

Below are recommendations of foods to eat more of and foods to avoid.

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Anti-asthma diet recommendations

Recommended foods to eat more of...
  • Green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits. They contain antioxidants (carotenoids) that can help cut down on allergies  symptoms and reduce inflammation.

  • Fish oil and flaxseed oil contain essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the airways. Studies show that children with asthma have one third the risk of developing asthma if they eat fish more than once weekly.

  • Choose whole grains, lean poultry and fresh fish (for the fish oils).
  • Add garlic and onions in your cooking as they have anti-inflammatory benefits.

  • Consider drinking green tea. It is full of beneficial chemicals and is a rich source of antioxidants. This can keep inflammation down.

  • Drink water. Experts suggest drinking a glass every 2 hours. This will prevent the mucus from becoming thick. This is particularly important after a child has suffered an asthma attack.

  • When eating, eat small meals to avoid putting pressure on your diaphragm. This would include avoiding foods such as beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. These foods can produce excessive gas in the stomach.

Foods to avoid eating...
  • Avoid dairy products. They promote the production of mucus.

  • Choose foods that do not include artificial colours, additives or preservatives. Many of these chemicals can cause an asthma attack in some people.

  • Cold fluids irritate the airways and can cause them to tighten and trigger an asthma attack or coughing spell.

  • Do not eat frozen foods such as ice cream as they cause the muscle in the airways to tighten.
  • Cut back on salt. Excessive salt intake is shown to make asthma symptoms worse.

  • Stay away from eating junk foods, sweets, sugar-loaded soft drinks and fried foods.

  • Although asthmatics may not have food allergies, there may be certain foods that can trigger or make asthma symptoms worse. Following an allergy elimination diet may be a suitable approach to use.

In additional to foods to eat, there are many home and environment control techniques as well as natural remedies for asthma that can be used together with diet to control asthma symptoms.

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Created: August 1, 2010

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