I stumbled across this topic by accident the other day: The Asthma Diet. There sure is a diet for everything, isn’t there?
Normally I wouldn’t have glanced twice, but on that particular day it jumped out at me. See, my toddler is following in my footsteps and was just diagnosed with asthma. Actually, he was not diagnosed with asthma. Rather we were told his lungs have “abnormalities consistent with asthma and wheezing.” They weren’t going to officially diagnose it until age 5 so if he grew out of it he wouldn’t have a permanent X in his medical chart. You know, in case he wants to join the Army in a billion years. (Although with the new healthcare reform act, a pre-existing condition may not be an issue any more.)
Anyway, this asthma diet article practically leaped off the page at me. As a dietitian I find comfort in being able to fix something with food. I know food, I get food. If I could solve world peace with food, I would. Actually I might be on to something there — I’m pretty cranky when I’m hungry. Food definitely puts my home at peace.
I eagerly pored through the pages of the article. I still can’t decide whether I’m encouraged or disappointed by this so-called diet. Essentially it said “Eat healthy!”, Fruits, vegetables, healthy fats. The same thing any dietitian would recommend to any individual. But of course I had to look into how these things could help asthma. Sometimes having that little extra encouragement of knowing what you eat, could solve the exact ailment you have, goes a long way.
Ironically the fall is peak asthma season. Not spring when the flowers bloom in abundance or summer when the air is hot and sticky, but fall when colds and viruses start attacking. I know if focusing more on what I’m eating (or not eating) could help me avoid the inability to catch my breath or double over in a coughing fit on an outdoor run during these beautifully cool days, I’d be game.
So here are 8 things to eat — or not eat — to make your lungs feel and work better. Maybe.
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