Asthma is a common respiratory disease that affects approximately 14 million adults and 6 million children in the United States. It is a serious condition that keeps people from enjoying their lives, whether at work or play, and can sometimes result in death, particularly in children.
Like heart disease and diabetes, asthma is a chronic condition that cannot be cured; however, it can be treated and managed. One important management tool is diet.
People with asthma are over-sensitive to things that other people aren't bothered by. Irritants can be different for each individual. These irritants are called triggers. Asthma attacks can be triggered by many different sources, including:
- Dust mites
- Air pollution
- Respiratory infections and colds
- Cold air
- Strong emotion
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Asthma sufferers can reduce the frequency of attacks by identifying and avoiding irritants. By modifying their diet and eating right, they can manage symptoms caused by food allergies and GERD.
When an asthma attack is caused by allergens, the culprit is usually dust, molds, pollen and animals. But sometimes food allergies can also cause asthma. Some foods to avoid to reduce asthma symptoms:
- Shellfish and fish
- Dairy products
These are the are some of the most common foods that cause allergies. But it is possible to be allergic to other foods too.
Sulfites are used as a preservative in foods such as:
- Bottled lime or lemon juice
- Dried fruits or vegetables
- Wine, beer
- Pickled foods
- Processed foods
If you want to avoid sulfites, look for potassium bisulfite, sodium sulfite, sulfur dioxide, sodium metabisulfite, sodium bisulfate and potassium metabisulfite on the food label.
People suffering from asthma may also want to avoid salt.
Scientists have observed since the 1930s that a high-salt diet worsened asthma symptoms in children. Researchers at Indian University studied the phenomenon and found that exercise-induced asthma sufferers who ate a low-salt diet can exhale more air, and need bronchiodiolator drugs less often, than those on a high-salt diet.
More than 75 percent of the salt eaten by Americans comes from processed food, and processed foods are also a source of sulfites. For this reason, asthma sufferers should avoid processed foods.
A healthy, allergen-free diet is an important part of asthma management. The right diet not only minimizes allergy symptoms, but can prevent Gastroesophageal reflux disease as well. GERD causes heartburn and other unpleasant symptoms. It is caused by a weakened valve in the esophagus that allows bile or stomach acid to flow up the esophagus.
GERD can be prevented by avoiding:
- Certain foods, such as chocolate, carbonated beverages, fatty foods, caffeine, tomato sauce, mint, spicy foods and onions
- Large meals
When Gastroesophageal reflux disease cannot be relieved by diet alone, patients should talk with their doctor to get the proper medication.
By eating right and avoiding food allergens, salt and other general irritants, as well as the foods and behaviors that cause GERD, asthma sufferers can begin to manage their symptoms and lead healthier, more productive lives.
i am 21 year old ,i have asthma disease from last 8-9 month.during night its very difficult to breathe.
please help me,that which type of food s may reduce my asthma disease.
i also taking a medice like asthma inhaler on suggestion of doctor,then also i am not feeling well.
please help me. Commented on HelloLife · November 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM
I am 47 yrs old and suffering from asthma since 20 yrs and presently using asthaline inhaler on sos but frequency is increasing. please advise type of food for me, i am vegetarian,non drinker and nonsmoker. thanks in anticipation. Commented on HelloLife · December 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Jessica Corwin MPH RDN
Vinod and Sonpal, I recently wrote a blog with more information on the links between diet and asthma. I encourage you to visit this article to learn more. I would be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
http://www.hellolife.net/asthma/b/is-your-diet-worsening-your-asthma/ Commented on HelloLife · December 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM
i am kempanna g 33years old i have asthama since 11 years i can't manage asthama attack even i have been taking asthalin rotacaps 100 please suggest me Commented on HelloLife · February 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM
the age of my brother is 13 years.he is suffering from asthma. please suggest me the best dieting option for my brother and the medicines.he is taking inhaler budamate 200 also.please sir suggest m the best . Commented on HelloLife · August 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM
I am Leila my asthma was started at the age of 20, I was 22 years old now. During the cold I was suffered from cough and back pain. Please advice me what is the good to do. Godbless Commented on HelloLife · September 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM
hi my son is aged 6 years and sufferers with asthma im trying everything i possibly can to help him could u give me more advice on asthma please thank you Commented on HelloLife · October 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM
What type of will i get if i have asthma? Commented on HelloLife · November 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM
hello my friend has asthama from his chilhood and now he says he got cured but i want too take proper care of him.So can u suggest some measures which would help him to get rid of asthama completely.I need to know food items that should be strictly avoided by Asthama patients Commented on HelloLife · December 12, 2012 at 7:13 AM
what kind of medicine can avoid the asthma? Commented on HelloLife · February 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Try using tumeric to open your lungs. Just buy a bag of tumeric...try and get organic if possible, if not
make sure it isn't irradadiated. Mix half a teaspoon with a tablespoon of greek yogurt and eat. Within 5 minutes
your lungs will open. This is particularly good if you get a chest cold and are worried that your inhaler
is insufficient. Commented on HelloLife · February 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM
I m wasim suffering from asthma from 1 year only in winter session.ny problem is when i m taking some cold food and cold water then feeling difficulties to take breath in night.And day by day i m getting too weakness.
So sir plz suggest me what should i do and what type of food can take.And in fruit also. Commented on HelloLife · May 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM
I am suffering from asthma since last 2 years it started from a cold season.I am taking medication from doctors but not getting relieved. If i walk a small distance or climbe staires immediately i get cough and breathing difficulty I am over 50 years. my medicine is allopathic can i take homeo medicine or Ayurveda .How can i escape from this suffering. can you please recommend any preventable food, medicine Commented on HelloLife · July 25, 2013 at 4:28 AM
am 57 years old. am suffering with astama since 12years. i used to go fa exercise 4days a week besides 5km daily walk..am using forocart 200mg daily 1 capsule as suggested by d chest specialist. it became necessary fa survival. can u suggest me the food restrictions in vegetarian and non vegetarian n also some more tips to get rid of this.. Commented on HelloLife · September 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM
My son , who is 10 yrs. old has been suffering from asthma since his childhood .The thing is that when he suffers from cough and cold he is having this problem in the highest stage. Specially in winter season. Still he is under the treatment but sometimes he faces this problem. So I request you to write me a diet chart and the names of the food for him and also what else he can do to prevent the asthma.
It would be so king of you.
Dinesh Commented on HelloLife · October 2, 2013 at 6:02 AM
My son , who is 7 yrs. old has been suffering from asthma since his 3 yrs old .The thing is that when he suffers from cough and cold he is having this problem in the highest stage. Specially in winter season. Still he is under the treatment but sometimes he faces this problem. So I request you to write me a diet chart and the names of the food for him and also what else he can do to prevent the asthma.
It would be so king of you.
Commented on HelloLife · October 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM
iam ajay, my wife suffer with asthama from few years. please tell, how to reduce and remove it from life. Commented on HelloLife · December 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM