Diet plays an important role when it comes to curbing symptoms of asthma, research has shown.Asthma is characterised by the inflammation of bronchial tubes which can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain, wheezing and coughing. Experts suggest that foods you may be allergic to can also lead to symptoms of an asthma attack.
What foods to avoid if you have asthma
“Foods like garlic, cold foods like curd or ice cream or lactose-based products like milk and milk products, fish, junk foods and processed foods can commonly trigger asthma,” Dr Namita Nadar, head nutritionist, Fortis Hospital Noida, told indianexpress.com.
According to a 2017 study published in the journal Nutrients, Western diet comprising “high intake of refined grains, processed and red meats, preservatives, and desserts” have pro-inflammatory effects and may not be ideal for an asthma patient.
Alcohol may also increase blood pressure levels, and may increase obesity.
“Maintaining the Body Mass Index (BMI) is important for an asthma patient. If the patient’s BMI is more than 30-35 Grade 1 or Grade 2 obesity, the excess fat can cause more difficulty in breathing,” she said.What should you eat?
Dr Namita Nadar has recommended the following foods for Asthma patients:
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables, and freshly cooked, warm foods, Mediterranean diets are recommended for asthma patients.
2. Antioxidant foods like nuts or foods rich in vitamin D, foods rich in magnesium like spinach or pumpkin seeds, and omega 3 fatty acids can help.
3. Along with this, immunity boosting foods like ginger, turmeric, lemon and honey can help overcome asthma.
4. You can have a glass of warm ginger water or turmeric water in the morning