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Best and Worst Food choices for your Lungs in Asthma

Asthma is a very common inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. Its symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and shortness of breath. In India, it is estimated that around (3–38)% in children and (2-12)% among adults suffer from Asthma. The National burden is around 18 million.

Asthma and Nutrition

In asthma, certain foods and dietary choices could help you manage your condition; while some other will trigger or worsen asthmatic conditions. For instance, a shift from eating fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to processed foods has seen to increase asthma cases in recent decades.

Food choices that help relieve Asthmatic conditions

  • Vitamin D and Vitamin A-rich foods, such as milk and eggs
  • Beta-carotene-rich vegetables, such as carrots and leafy greens
  • Magnesium-rich foods, such as spinach and pumpkin seeds

Vitamin D  – rich foods - Getting enough vitamin D may help reduce the number of asthma attacks in children aged between 6 to 15. Foods with vitamin D include:

  • salmon
  • milk and fortified milk
  • fortified orange juice
  • eggs

Beta-carotene-rich foods with sources of Vitamin A will include:

  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, kale, and spinach
  • Broccoli

Magnesium: rich food such as

  • pumpkin seeds
  • spinach
  • dark chocolate
  • salmon are also beneficial for subsiding asthmatic conditions.

Apart from this fruits such as berries, avocados, bananas and apples lower risk of asthma and improve lung function.

Foods that must be avoided in Asthma

Sulfites – Sulfites are preservatives contained in foods which may worsen the condition. These are found in Wine, pickled foods, shrimp, bottled lemon and lime juice and dried fruits.

Gas inducing foods – Food which put a pressure on your diaphragm and induces acidity like beans, cabbage, carbonated drinks, onions and garlic, and fried foods must be avoided.

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