The asthma attacks are characterized by recurrent attacks of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath that can range from mild to life-threatening. If the small airways are not cleared, it can lead to suffocation.
This health issue appears due to chronic inflammation and thickening of bronchial tubes and nasal passages leading to dramatic muscle spasms, constriction of air passages and consequent breathing difficulties.
All the patients who depend on inhalers which contain steroids can have their lung walls coated with the chemical which may cause further problems in breathing. It is a vicious cycle but want that needs to be broken.
Eating healthy will be the first step to prevent further asthma attacks as that will eliminate inflammations of air passages, reduce food allergy reactions, thin down mucus in the lungs and dilate the air passages which trigger the attacks.
SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA
It is known that asthma can develop at any age, but it usually begins in childhood, in the first five years of their life. Some children continue to have asthma into their adult years, in others it resolves.
When the person who has asthma comes in contact with trigger matters, the airways narrow and the sufferer develops difficulty in breathing, accompanied by wheezing. Not all asthma attacks produce wheezing. Mild asthma in very young children, may result only in a cough. In older children, they may tend to cough only when exercising or exposed to cold air.
When it comes to a severe attack, breathing becomes visibly difficult, wheezing becomes louder as the sufferer breathes faster and with greater effort, gasping for breath.
CAUSES OF ASTHMA
Airway obstruction is often caused by abnormal sensitivity to chemical substances that inflame airways, making them swollen and stimulating the muscle cells in the walls of the airways to contract when they should not. Continuous use of steroids may also cause this.
These contractions are caused be many triggers, but most sufferers respond to only a few. Triggers include inhaled allergens such as pollens, particles from dust mites or feathers, and animal dander.
Cold air, viral infections, cigarette smoke, fumes or perfumes, emotional distress, can also provoke asthma attacks.
An asthma attack induced by food commonly happens within minutes or an hour or so after eating the offending food. However, some reactions may take a day or more to appear, making it difficult for you to pin-point the culprit.
That’s why you have to avoid foods which may aggravate the attacks and maintain your health at an optimum level.
These foods should be avoided:
– Soft drinks since they contain harmful ingredients;
– Sodium and monosodium glutamate (they increase constriction of the bronchial tubes which histamine causes);
– Animal products like eggs, cow’s milk, dairy products, meat (beef, pork, mutton, chicken and fish);
– Cooking in vegetable oil like corn, safflower, and sunflower as they promote inflammation and counteract the benefits of the anti-inflammatory foods that patients consume;
– Alcohol in pure form may help asthmatic constriction. However, the alcohol we drink is not pure as they contain additives, such as beer, wine or distilled spirits. The remnants of the hops, the malt, the grapes, the barley, sulfites in wines or the corn from which the liquor was made may bother and trigger an attack.
Foods that help:
– Lots of fruits and juices high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Juices easily help you achieve an optimal amount that is therapeutic.
– Fish oil which is high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel and tuna.
– Brewed coffee (not instant or processed) which contains caffeine, or tea which contains theobromine, they will relax the bronchial tubes.
– Hot, pungent foods which provide immediate relief. They are spicy mustard, chilli peppers, onion, and garlic. These foods have anti-asthmatic and anti-inflammatory properties.
RECOMMENDED HEALING FOODS TO PREVENT ASTHMA ATTACKS
High intake of beta carotene will be excellent for this health issue as well as vitamin C that will increase lung capacity and relieve respiratory problems. Thus carrot is one for the best foods for this, you may make it in a form of juice, adding few ribs of celery for some extra cleansing power.
High intake of beta carotene and vitamin C (with flavonoids) helps to increase lung capacity and relieve respiratory problems, as well as protecting you from breathing disorders such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.
Your diet should be high in chlorophyll which will promote detoxification of the liver and colon and through that your inflammation sensitivity will be reduced.
Pineapple and beetroot have very potent anti-inflammatory properties. Drunk regularly, it can be beneficial for reducing the frequency of the attacks. Guava juice, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and most berries have very high content of antioxidants. Most asthma sufferers cannot stomach citrus fruits so these are to be avoided.
Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):
– 2 green apples + 6 ribs of celery + a bunch of spinach + a bunch of parsley + ¼ lemon
– ¼ pineapple + 1 fennel + 8-10 leaves of kale + 3-4 radish (pungent) + ½ lemon
– 1 cucumber + 2 medium-sized beetroots + 3 sticks of lemongrass + ½ lemon
– ¼ pineapple + 1 cucumber + 2 capsicums (yellow/red) + ½ bunch of watercress + ½ lemon
– 2 cups of strawberries + 1 cup of cranberries + 1 pomegranate
– 1 oz (1 shot) of wheatgrass juice + a squeeze of lemon juice