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Asthma – Why A Good Diet is Essential

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Some foods are known to cause Asthma attacks, while others may improve symptoms, which is why it is important to have a good diet. Follow the right steps to maintain good eating habits and help control asthma.

Obesity is about asthma risk

Obesity often has many complications, which can increase the risk of many diseases, and asthma is one example; obesity and diet control are closely related, so how to plan your diet? You may consult a weight loss clinic or  dietitian to develop a weight loss plan. They will be based on personal health, and have a customised diet. Through expert assistance, weight loss execution results will be more than efficient and safer.

Nutrient intake

Vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and β-Carotene, Antioxidants, can reduce inflammatory reactions in the lungs. Vegetables and fruits are also rich in fiber to help fight inflammation. Therefore, you can usually eat more citrus fruits (e.g. orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon, orange), berries (e.g. strawberry, Raspberry, blueberry, blackberry); leafy vegetables (e.g. kale, spinach, broccoli); orange vegetables (e.g. carrots, red pepper).
In addition to taking fruits and vegetables, you should also consume foods rich in Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids (Omega-3 Fatty Acids), which also have anti-inflammatory benefits. You can find traces of this nutrient in foods such as salmon, tuna and walnuts.
Avoid food inducible factors
If you have asthma, you may be allergic to a certain type of food, and there is a risk of asthma attack. Fortunately, this is not common, but you must avoid it. Common asthma provoking foods include: milk, Eggs, shellfish, peanuts, fermented products, wheat, and sesame seeds.

Eat less processed food

Processing foods tend to contain a lot of chemicals, susceptible to affecting more sensitive asthma patients:

Sulfites

Sulfur dioxide, Sodium bisulfite, and Metabisulfite are used to maintain food color and keep food longer. Sulfates are found in wine, dried fruit, beer and canned food.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG, also known as glutamine-sodium): MSG is used to raise flavor, make food delicious, often added in food in restaurants. Seasonings can also contains MSG including gravy , soup and soy sauce. So if you have time to cook at home, use less MSG and try to use natural ingredients or spices to enhance the taste of the food.

Pigment

A lot of food have added pigments, such as yellow, red or green color to the food to enhance colour. You need to pay attention to foods that are overly colourful and eat a little less of them.

Salicylates

Many foods contain salicylates, such as soy sauce, instant coffee, beer, etc.
In addition, asthma patients should determine which foods are triggering factors so they can avoid eating them. It is recommended that tests, including blood tests or skin tests, to confirm whether something is allergic.

Pay attention to food labels before buying

Food labeling provides consumers with detailed information about food. The label usually includes ingredients, nutrients, and chemical additives, making it easy for consumers be aware of any possible allergic reaction.
The right diet can help you control asthma and reduce the risk of asthma attacks. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables, avoid food containing chemical additives or which may cause asthma, so that your body can stop worrying about eating habit..