The tightness in the chest. The coughing. The wheezing. And the general hassle of going through an asthma attack — these can greatly affect your quality of life. You may have the option to try and cut back on activities that induce an attack or you could go through a variety of medication and several different inhalers (e.g., dry powder, metered dose, etc.).
While drugs could, for a time, address symptoms related to asthma, there have been reports — from Reuters to the FDA — indicating that some medication could lead to troubling side effects and, in the worst-case scenario, induce life-threatening asthma attacks. The good news is that you don’t have to simply limit your activities or rely heavily on drugs. It turns out that you can reduce asthma; digestion plays a crucial part in helping you achieve this goal.
There is reportedly overwhelming evidence to suggest that addressing poor digestion could relieve asthma attacks. When countries replace their traditional diet with a Western diet (i.e., a great proportion of processed foods and high salt intake), the incidence of asthma increases. Currently, the lowest prevalence of asthma is found in Indonesia and Romania, while the highest incidence is in Australia and the UK.
In fact, a connection between acid reflux and asthma has been made. The Digestive Health Institute shares that 80 percent of those who suffer from asthma also suffer from abnormal gastroesophageal reflux.
With poor digestion comes the build up of toxins and impurities in the lung tissues and airway tissues. These could occur when you have hidden food allergies and food sensitivities or when your digestive system simply cannot process certain foods. Improperly digested food could create toxins, which then get transported to the chest and lungs. When the toxins accumulate, you can expect an imbalance in the lung and airway tissues, thereby irritating the lining of airways and triggering an inflammatory response.
Some of the more common food items that could aggravate asthma include dairy products (e.g., cow’s milk and cheese), eggs, seafood, nuts, and gluten. Some food additives have also been found to affect people with asthma. Some children who have been fed a steady diet of butter or margarine and fried foods are reportedly at greater risk for developing asthma early on, this according to a New Scientist report.
So what should you eat to improve digestive health?
There are Ayurvedic recommendations on food, including how to prepare them, that would alleviate symptoms of asthma. You should also eliminate processed foods from your diet. Other recommendations include incorporating a high fiber diet (specifically soluble foods such as fruits, oats, and vegetables – easily digested by the body), which not only improves digestive health but also prevents diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
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