Many asthmatics still do not realise that what they eat can make an enormous difference, both in the frequency and severity of their symptoms. For one thing, through my professional experience with asthma patients, I have discovered that a great many cases of asthma disappear as soon as underlying food allergies have been diagnosed and treated.
Another food link to asthma is food additives. After conducting extensive research into food additives, Sue Dengate wrote in ‘Fed up with Asthma’ that: “Perhaps half of all adult asthmatics and two-thirds of children are affected by food additives. Processed food is a major contributing factor to world-wide asthma.”
But this is only half the story. Wholesome, natural foods can help reduce or even prevent asthma. I have seen person after person transformed by diet alone from someone with asthma (and often mood swings, mental fogginess, poor memory or depression) to a healthy, happy, alert, well-adjusted individual.
To gain the enormous asthma-reducing benefits of food, you must: i) eliminate all foods containing additives (and that can be quite a big step for some), and ii) provide lots of foods that fight inflammation; control free radicals, and improve air flow in the airways. These are foods that are high in vitamins C and E, selenium and magnesium, as well as omega 3 essential fatty acids.
These particular nutrients are high in antioxidants which target free radicals, a major cause of disease and asthma, and also help to improve airflow by relaxing the smooth muscles in the airways. Omega 3’s are excellent anti-inflammatories, helping to prevent inflammation is respiratory tissues that have been irritated by pollution, food additives and even by some allergy medications.
A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice a day will provide loads of vitamin C. You also get good amounts of vitamin C from red capsicums, broccoli, brussels sprouts and strawberries.
The best way to get more vitamin E is from ra
Dark green, leafy vegetables are also excellent sources of magnesium, as are legumes and organic tofu.
Brazil nuts provide loads of selenium, and you can get good amounts of omega 3’s from nuts, seeds and especially from deep sea fish such as mackeral, salmon and trout.