Diet and Asthma: Good and Bad Foods

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July 1st, 2016

The National Institute of Health has something to say recently about asthma and food. If you have asthma you are well aware of some triggers that can bring on the symptoms of your illness. Maybe it’s pet dander, being outside in the grass too long, or even strong fragrances in the air. Whatever your personal asthma story has been, you want to control it in the best way possible, so that your quality of life is high. Having asthma shouldn’t sideline you from anything you want to do.

A study came out from the NIH said that food allergies can trigger asthma symptoms in the form of respiratory distress. Knowing what your allergies are can clearly help you avoid those foods that don’t work with your body, but because you to have breathing issues. So what are some of the better foods to try if you have asthma? Here are some helpful foods that can do your body good as long as you aren’t allergic to any of them.

Foods With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks of good health. They are double bonded unsaturated fats that are found in plant sources, nuts and seeds. When added to a healthy diet in the right moderation they can have anti-inflammatory benefits for the body. You can get them from a supplement, but it’s much better to consume them in the foods you eat. Here are some terrific examples of these foods you should try to incorporate in your nutrition plan.

All of these foods are easy to make a part of your weekly diet plan for better health. Overall you want to focus on a diet of healthy fats, lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables to allow your body to operate as efficiently as possible.

Gluten-Free Foods

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has discovered a link between celiac disease and asthma. This is a very interesting finding because in the study it states that those that are truly gluten intolerant are more likely to get asthma. In fact the numbers are 60 percent more likely to have asthma when diagnosed with celiac. So the connection between gluten, which are actually proteins found in wheat and wheat based products is sound information. You might benefit from having a gluten free diet even if you haven’t been diagnosed with celiac, but do have asthma. It can’t hurt to try going gluten free for six weeks to see if it makes a difference in your asthma symptoms.

Stay Away From Processed Foods

The only foods you need to watch out for are packed, preprocessed foods that don’t offer many nutritional benefits. They are loaded with chemicals and sometimes genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) that aren’t good for anyone to consume. Fast food is another “no-no” on the list because it’s also full of preservatives that aren’t healthy for your body.

However you choose to treat your asthma symptoms, whether it’s by experimenting with a healthier diet full of the right foods, or visiting your local Salt Suite treatment center to find out what Halotherapy can do for you, it’s always good to feel like you are doing something to improve your quality of life. Breathing issues are not easy for anyone to deal with, adults and children including. That’s why finding a combination of treatments is probably going to net you the best results.