Relief for Asthma Sufferers, by Dr. Mark Pedersen
If you are an asthma sufferer, you know that an asthma attack can be extremely frightening. According to internist Dr. Alan Gaby, an unrecognized food allergy or intolerance is a contributing factor in at least 75% of childhood asthma cases and about 40% of adult cases.
When someone has asthma, the respiratory pathways that carry air in and out of the lungs become inflamed and sensitive to a variety of substances. The body’s response is similar to an allergic reaction. The immune system mistakenly identifies substances such as pollen, dust, dander and certain foods as being dangerous. It then overreacts to protect against the substance by creating inflammation in the lungs and narrowing the air passages. Breathing becomes difficult.
There are known foods that can provoke asthma attacks such as dairy products, which top the list. But what foods can help calm asthma symptoms?
Asthma is an inflammatory condition. To help reduce the risk of an asthma attack, increase your consumption of foods rich in antioxidants which are natural anti-inflammatories.
Nutritionist Cynthia Sass says, “Increasing the intake of plant-based healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, almonds), fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help considerably.”
Along with decreasing inflammation and reducing the risk of an asthma attack, consuming a diet rich in low-fat fruits, vegetables and whole grains provides antioxidants that help decrease the risk of many other diseases including: heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and arthritis.
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