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Food that can help in asthma and respiratory disease

  • January 15, 2018
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A healthy and well-balanced diet is always suggested for all people with asthma and other respiratory diseases. Food usually does not cause asthma, but certain food can increase the severity of asthma symptoms in some people by being allergic to them. Though there is no diet that will completely prevent asthma symptoms, the following steps may help to reduce the symptoms of asthma and respiratory diseases.

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables helps to reduce the risk of asthma
  • Eat food rich in omega-3-fatty-acid:  Consuming food rich in omega-3-fatty acid like fish oil, nuts, soybeans, etc. is beneficial against asthma
  • Maintain healthy weight: As obese people have severe asthma, high caloric food should be consumed less to maintain healthy weight.  
  • Avoid allergic food: Food that cause allergy including milk, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, etc. should be avoided to potentially reduce severe symptoms of asthma.
  • Avoid sulfites: Sulfites are usually present in dried fruits and processed foods and should be avoided as they can affect asthma.
  • Avoid fast food: Avoid the intake of fast food like pasta, noodles, hamburger, as they increases the risk of asthma and COPD in children
  • Reduce salt intake: As increased salt intake worsens asthma and COPD symptoms, it is good to reduce high intake of salt.
  •  Consume vitamin D: As people with severe asthma potentially have low vitamin D levels, consume more vitamin D rich food like milk, eggs and fish.

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Disclaimer: Don’t follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

Sources: 1. “Asthma diet: Does what you eat make a difference?https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/expert-answers/asthma-diet/faq-20058105  2. “Nutrition and Asthma.” http://medind.nic.in/laa/t07/i3/laat07i3p105.pdf”