Nutritional Foods for Asthma
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease with increased production of sticky secretion of the airways or tubes inside the lungs.
Airways or bronchial tubes are the passage by which air moves in and out of the lungs. Asthma causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways or bronchial tubes.
Symptoms include whistling or wheezing sounds, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
Causes of asthma:
- Airborne allergens like pollen (hay fever), cockroaches and dust mites.
- Respiratory infections such as common cold from cold air or cold food items (like ice cream, cold drinks etc.).
- Air pollution and irritation due to cigarettes (first hand and second hand smoking), and smell of gutka.
- Airborne allergens: It is an allergic reaction something to the air.
- Hay fever- It is an allergy caused by pollen or dust.
Let focus on some nutritional guidelines for this irritable disease:
- Try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants may reduce the chance of asthma and improve your lungs function. Vitamin A, C, and E rich foods considered as antioxidant foods. Some antioxidants foods are tomato, kidney beans, lemon, pomegranate, red wine, dark chocolate, green tea, ginger tea, strawberries, and blackberries etc.
- A meal with high-fat content should not be taken by a severe or moderately asthmatic person. High-fat content food may increase the concentration of sputum (a cough) and inflammatory markers like chest tightness, coughing and breathing problem.
- Avoid sulphites rich foods such as pickles, dried fruits, fresh, frozen, canned, dried shrimps and lobsters, pudding or fruit fillings.
- Include vitamin D rich foods in your daily diet which may reduce the risk of asthma. Some main sources of vitamin D are milk, egg and fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines. Spending at least five minutes in the sun, also, increase your vitamin D level.
A good nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. This helps you to maintain a healthy body weight and to fight against diseases. Include a variety of food items in your daily diet. Each food items contain lots of micro and macro nutrients which add significance to our daily life.