Did you know that eating a more balanced diet can do more than just slim your waistline? It could help you breathe better, too. If you have asthma, research has shown that certain foods can open restricted airways and reduce inflammation.
Here’s a list of foods that could help you manage your asthma:
Follow a Mediterranean Diet
You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts. Absent from this list are red meat, margarine and processed foods.
Items in the Mediterranean diet also have anti-inflammatory properties, which is important for those suffering from asthma since it’s a disease of lung inflammation. Look for freshly grown vegetables and fruits from your local farmers’ market this fall, such as beets, carrots, kale and apples.
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Get Vitamins With Fruits and Vegetables
By eating a range of fruits and vegetables, you’ll get an ample amount of vitamins. Mayo Clinic suggests those who receive higher servings of vitamin C, Vitamin D, beta-carotene and vitamin E have fewer symptoms of asthma.
For Vitamin D, local eggs and milk are good sources as well. Of course, you can also consider omega-3 fatty acids, too,which you can find in many kinds of fish.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, ginger may also work as an herbal medication to help manage common asthma symptoms. Studies suggest that ginger may help decrease lung inflammation due to the high levels of antioxidants in this plant. Add it as an ingredient to the fresh foods you’re already making or boil it with water to make tea.
These small seeds pack a big nutritional punch. Flaxseeds not only contain protein, fiber and Omega-3 essential fatty acids but also magnesium, which has been shown to relax the muscles of the airway.
Advice or recommendations are for informational or educational purposes only, not a substitute for a visit or consultation with your doctor.
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