Asthma is difficulty of breathing due to various factors that lead to the irritation of the airways and narrowness of the respiratory system, leading to cough and wheezing when breathing out, especially in cases of stress and tension. Among these factors: Inhalation of certain substances such as air dust – pollen – smoke – house moth – animal fur – perfume – ingredients of some foods – colds – violent sports – stress and emotion – exposure to cold air. Asthma can be so severe it can wake you up at night.
This advice aims to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures and not to treat severe seizure at the time of occurrence. When a seizure occurs, a doctor-prescribed medication should be administered or one should go to hospital in critical cases.
- Remember the foods that may cause you asthma and avoid them completely. 5% of asthmatic patients are allergic to sulfur-containing foods, such as dried fruits, processed meats, pickles, soft drinks, sauces and canned foods.
- Eat whole-grain mineral and fiber-rich bread, brown rice, barley and their products instead of white flour, white sugar, and their products of candy and pancakes.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as dark green vegetables, salmon, sardines, tuna, apples, flaxseeds, onions, celery, green tea, berries, pineapple, soy protein and Walnuts
- Avoid saturated and trans fats and their derivatives in meat and sweets because of their proinflammatory effects.
- Eat foods rich in selenium and magnesium such as Quinoa, Brazilian nuts, seeds, wheat germ, chicken and fish.
- Eat antioxidant-rich foods such as pumpkin, mango, red pepper, carrots and potatoes.
- Eat vitamin C-rich foods that relieve an asthma attack. The richest sources are guava, red paprika, mango, raspberry, kiwi and green leaves (watercress, broccoli, parsley)
- Cold and chilled foods are not recommended.
- Eating chili pepper-rich snack can expand the airways and dissolve mucus.
- Some experts recommend avoiding dairy products as they increase mucus viscidness.
- Too much salt intake increases congestion that negatively affects asthma.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Vitamin B6 and B12: by intramuscular injection
- Choline: Reduces attacks and inflammation.
- Mountain honey: a powerful immune booster with its high antioxidant content, and it improves the immune performance.
- Arabic coffee: one of the most popular airway dilators, especially during an attack.
- Fish oil and flaxseed oil are among the best anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce the incidence of asthma because they contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- Licorice: Anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, dissolves mucus and tonic to the bronchial wall
- Ginkgo: Help relieve inflammation that leads to asthma.
- Wheatgrass: is anti-inflammatory and contains vitamin A-B-C-E, magnesium and zinc
- Garlic, Onion and Turmeric: Contains anti-inflammatory and allergy-relieving symptoms.
- Thyme and Aniseed: Dissolve phlegm and detoxify the respiratory system
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.