Feb 07, 2011
When it comes to the eating department, asthmatic patients have a long list of food items to stay away from – triggers that can set off allergies and asthma attacks. Find out how handy ingredients in your kitchen can contribute in dealing with asthma.
Introduce as many antioxidants as possible in your diet. Foods high in Vitamin C are believed to reduce swelling and inflammation. These nutrients go straight to the lungs and help fight off respiratory diseases. Citrus fruits/juices, broccoli, squash and Brussels sprouts are some of them.
Beta-carotene is found in brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables such as apricots, carrots and red or yellow peppers, and leafy green vegetables such as spinach. The brighter the colour, the higher is the content of antioxidants.
Vitamin E is easily available in cooking oil. It must be consumed in restricted amounts. Sunflower seeds, kale, almonds and most whole-grain cereals have lesser amounts of vitamin E and should be consumed on habitual basis.
Foods containing Vitamin B, for example leafy green vegetables and pulses, may help asthmatics whose attacks are provoked by stress. There is also some evidence that asthmatics may have a tendency to be deficient in niacin and Vitamin B6.
Raw onions and scallions contain sulfur compounds which have been proved to reduce inflammation for asthmatics. It also helps people who are suffering from respiratory ailments.
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Omega-3 fatty acids reduce lung inflammation and tissue damage which is a result of repeated asthma attacks. They are mostly found in salmon, mackerel and in fishes with high oil content.
Spices have a tendency to stimulate nerves in the mouth, throat and lungs and results in a release of saliva that is more watery, therefore, thinning the mucus. So, spicy foods along with garlic, onion and hot mustard must be avoided.
Consuming full-fat milk, butter and other dairy products reduces the chances of developing asthma. Children who consume full-fat dairy products may also experience a reduction in wheezing.
Coffee is helpful in case of an asthmatic attack as it assists in breathing. Caffeine is chemically similar to theophylline, used in some medications to dilate the bronchial tubes. However, doctors suggest that a high intake of caffeine must be avoided if your attacks are triggered by anxiety.