We are what we eat ! Diet effects health profoundly. Diet influences diseases too. An asthmatic who is careful about diet and food is able to better control his/her asthma. Shortness of breath at mealtimes can make eating hard work. If you use all your energy preparing a healthy meal, you may find yourself unable to eat and/or enjoy what you have prepared.
Here are a few practical suggestions on how to conserve energy and get the most from your meals :
Foods To Eat
- Brightly coloured carotenoid foods – root veggies, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, berries.
- High – folate foods – green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts
- Vitamin C foods – leafy greens, citrus fruits, cruciferous veggies, berries.
- Vitamin E foods – Nuts, seeds, healthy plant oils.
- High magnesium foods – greens, nuts, seeds, beans, cocoa, certain ancient grains
- Cruciferous veggies – broccoli, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts
- Antimicrobials – garlic, onions, mustard seeds
- Raw milk & cultured dairy
- Probiotics & high-fibre foods – whole grains, nits, beans, seeds, raw vegetables
- Omega-3 foods – mackerel, sardines, orange roughly, salmon, trout, tuna, nuts, seeds
- Vitamin B5 foods
Foods To Avoid
- Trans fat – fried foods, processed vegetable oils, hydrogenated fats.
- Bottle – fed powdered & pasteurised infant formulas
- Processed foods & high-sugar foods
- Common food allergens – pasteurised milk products, gluten, soy, eggs, nut
- Food preservatives & food colouring – MSG, tartrazine, sulfites, sulfur dioxide
- Animal products treated with hormones & antibiotics – farm – raised fish, factory farm meat
Although finding out about your food allergies may feel restrictive initially, creating an asthma diet around your food allergies could be more convenient overall. A diet of fresh, whole foods with little or no added processed food is typically the safest diet and one that would be good for anyone.