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Tips to Control Asthma with Food

Updated at: Apr 16, 2012
Written by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: Mar 31, 2012
Tips to Control Asthma with Food

An asthmatic can easily control asthma with food by introducing changes in diet after identifying the possible triggers. 

Tips to Control Asthma with Food

The relationship between asthma and food is clear when your doctor asks you about the kind of food you eat. Besides, you may have observed that asthmatics, who eat lots of fruits, experience fewer asthma symptoms compared with those on an unhealthy diet. These tips to control asthma with food will perhaps help you to cut the asthma symptoms to an almost negligible level.


Eat Lots of Fruits and Green Vegetables

If you are an asthmatic, make sure your diet consists of lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables consist of antioxidants and phytochemicals that will decrease the inflammation of the lungs by preventing free radicals from reacting. The action of free radicals increases when one is surrounded by cigarette smoke or environmental pollutants. Fruits and vegetables have plentiful of vitamin A, C and E that are antioxidants. Indulge in a variety of fruits and vegetables of different types and colours to consume a diversity of antioxidants.


Avoid Additives

Additives are especially responsible for an increase in asthma attacks. One of the most well-known additives that affect asthma drastically is sulphite. Sulphites are found in processed food items such as beer, wine, tea, juice, dried fruits and vegetables, packaged potato products and pickled food.  Sulphites occur naturally in food such as corn, lettuce, soy products, maple syrup, garlic, eggs and leeks. Usually, the link between asthma attacks and sulphites is limited to asthmatics dependant on steroid medication.


Other Tips


Discover your Triggers

The key to getting relief from asthma attacks is to identify the triggers that cause the attacks to aggravate in you. Most asthmatics have triggers that will either cause or escalate the asthma symptoms or attacks. Some of the most common triggers found in most asthmatics include exercise, second hand allergens or smoke, food additives etc. Observe if a certain food increases the frequency or severity of the asthma symptoms and ignore consuming it. If you fail at knowing what triggers asthma symptoms in you, you may set yourself an appointment with a specialist and undergo tests for food allergies.

Charter a Dietary Plan

If you discover that certain food have ill effects on your asthma condition, incorporate a diet plan with the help of your doctor. Typically, the plan will include long-term medications and short-term medications (those to be used at the time of an asthma attack). Additionally, your doctor may incorporate lifestyle changes such as that of avoiding certain food, eating food at a particular time, number of meals/day etc.


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