Asthma And Your Diet Foods That Help And Hurt

Fruits and vegetables are rich in chemicals called antioxidants.
They can help. Fruits and Vegetables
There is no specific asthma diet that can get rid of breathing troubles. But certain foods may have benefits. Fruits and vegetables are a good place to start. They’re full of chemicals called antioxidants, such as beta carotene and vitamins E and C. These help block particles called “free radicals” that damage cells and can inflame and irritate your lungs.

It may help. Vitamin D.
You get most of your vitamin D from sunlight, but it’s also found in some foods. Top choices are fatty fish, such as salmon and swordfish, followed by milk, eggs and orange juice, which are often “fortified” with vitamin D. This nutrient strengthens the immune system’s response – your body’s defense against germs – and can reduce swelling in the airways. Low levels of vitamin D can lead to more asthma attacks.

Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E, which can reduce asthma coughing and wheezing.
It may help. Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, hazelnuts and raw seeds are good sources, as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale. Vitamin E has tocopherols, a chemical that can help cut down how much of your coughing and wheezing comes from your asthma.

Possible Harm: Dried Fruits
If you have asthma, there are certain foods you may want to avoid, and dried fruit is one of them. While fresh fruit, especially oranges and apples, can help control your asthma, the sulfites that help preserve dried fruit may make some people’s condition worse. Alcohol (especially red wine), shrimp, pickled vegetables, maraschino cherries, and bottled lemon juice also often contain sulfites.

Possible Harm: Legumes
It’s all about the gas they give some people. It can make your stomach expand and make it harder to breathe. It may even trigger an asthma attack. Beans are the most famous candidate. Soak them for a few hours and change the water a few times to reduce this effect. Other culprits of asthma are garlic, onions, fried foods, and carbonated drinks.

Coffee may make it more difficult to breathe.
Possible Harm: Coffee
Salicylates are naturally occurring chemicals in coffee, tea, herbs, spices, and even anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin. While most people don’t react to them, they can make breathing more difficult, especially if you already have asthma. If you cut them out of your diet as much as possible, you may be able to improve these symptoms.

People who eat a Mediterranean diet have fewer asthma attacks.
It may help. The Mediterranean Diet
It consists of plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. You eat fish and chicken at least twice a week and limit your red meat. You use olive or canola oil instead of butter, and herbs instead of salt to flavor it. There’s even a little optional red wine for adults. People who eat this way have fewer asthma attacks and are less likely to get sick in the first place.

Fish decreases the amount of IgE your body makes.
It may help. Fish
It’s all about omega-3 fatty acids, especially in fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna and sardines. They help reduce the amount of IgE in your body. It’s an antibody that causes breathing problems in some people with asthma. But the high doses of oral steroids that some people use to treat severe asthma can block this beneficial effect.

Possible Harm: Food Allergies
You are more likely to have food allergies if you have asthma. And food reactions can lead to wheezing and other asthma symptoms. And food reactions can lead to wheezing and other asthma symptoms. In some cases, if you exercise after eating certain foods, it can be worse. Try to be aware of what’s doing it and avoid it. Typical triggers are nuts, dairy products, wheat, and shellfish, but each person is different.

Possible injury: too much food
When you eat more calories than you burn, your body stores the excess in fat cells. If you do too much, you can really start to pack on the pounds. If you become obese (BMI greater than 30), you’re more likely to get asthma, which can make your symptoms worse. Also, you may not respond well to typical treatments like inhaled steroids to stop asthma attacks.

It may help. Tomatoes.
A food made from tomatoes seems to help people with asthma. Scientists think it may be lycopene that helps the most, but more research is needed. Some studies show that they can make you breathe better in the long run. Spaghetti marinara, anyone?

May be helpful. Diversification
There is no single “magic bullet” food that will cure your asthma. You need a wide range of nutrients and vitamins to keep your body healthy enough to handle an attack when you get them or keep them away altogether. Talk to your doctor about any major changes in your diet as they may affect your condition as well as your medication.

Possible Injury: Supplements
In general, supplements are not as effective as taking nutrients from food to protect you from asthma. So, eat more vegetables! (And nuts, fish, and fruit.) (And nuts, fish, and fruit.) You may have heard that “soy isoflavone” supplements, in particular, can relieve asthma symptoms. Unfortunately, research seems to indicate that this is simply not true. Talk to your doctor about any supplements you are taking, as they can affect your medication.

Possible Harm: Liquid Nitrogen
Some people call it a “nitro puff,” but there are other names for it as well. You may notice a smoky, cold air spiraling out of a fancy cocktail, a new frozen dessert at the mall, or other food. It may seem fun, but it’s best to avoid it. It can cause breathing problems, especially if you have asthma, as well as serious damage to the skin and even internal organs.