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Nutrition Guide for Asthma Sufferers:

How to Fight and Relieve Asthma Symptoms Naturally Through Nutrition

Your one-stop source for information on the optimal diet, the top 19 foods, and the best recipes for preventing and relieving asthma symptoms.

How to Fight Asthma Naturally

Asthma is a respiratory disorder affecting the airways of the lungs. The airways of asthma sufferers occasionally constrict, become inflamed, and start making more mucus, often in response to an allergen (such as cold air, exercise, infection, tobacco smoke, or emotional stress). This may result in symptoms like wheezing, coughing (especially at night), trouble breathing, or a feeling of constriction within the chest. Some asthmatics may have no symptoms for long periods of time but are then suddenly attacked by asthma symptoms, while others experience symptoms more frequently. Asthma has gained much public attention in recent years, as the condition is rapidly becoming more prevalent, afflicting almost 20 million Americans today. The most effective way of controlling asthma is identifying triggers of the attacks and limiting exposure to them. However, if trigger avoidance is insufficient, a number of drugs are available. Moreover, nutritional choices may also help reduce attacks and the severity of symptoms.

What you will find in this Guide

This Nutrition Guide for Asthma Sufferers aims to provide comprehensive information on how to fight asthma naturally at home with food and proper nutrition. The page you are currently viewing is the home page of the Guide — all the latest news and tips are published here, so be sure to bookmark this page! Other sections provide information on dietary habits and foods that can help fight and alleviate asthma symptoms as well as delicious anti-asthma recipes. You can navigate this Guide by using the menu on the right.

Important Notice: The information on this website, including the information above, has not been verified for correctness or completeness, and some of the information may not be correct. Information included on this website is not a substitute for professional nutrition advice or for professional medical or health advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment, making any changes to existing treatment or altering your current exercise or diet regimen.


THIS WEEK'S SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE

You may have already read here that a high intake of carrots has been linked to reduced risk of asthma. This week's smoothie recipe pairs freshly-pressed carrot juice with blood oranges which add both citrusy flavor and asthma-fighting vitamin C to this power-smoothie. Blood oranges also contain anthocyanins, red flavonoid pigments that have been shown to inhibit airway inflammation in rodents. Maca powder, made from the nutritious root of a Peruvian plant commonly known as maca, is used to further improve the nutritional profile of this smoothie. In some parts of the world, maca is also used as a natural remedy for asthma.

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GADGET OF THE MONTH


Food Dehydrator – A Top Tool for Making Sulfite-Free Snacks at Home

Sulfites are a surprisingly common trigger of asthma attacks, especially in adults. If your asthma attacks are caused or aggravated by a sensitivity or allergy to sulfites, you may have to steer clear of most commercially-prepared dried fruit. But that doesn't mean you have to skip dried fruit altogether! Homemade dried fruit prepared without preservatives such as sulfites make a great snack for most asthmatics. You can dehydrate fruit in the oven, but if you plan to make these nutrient-dense snacks on a regular basis, you may want to consider getting an automatic food dehydrator. To limit your and your family's exposure to BPA, a controversial chemical that may be linked to asthma, choose a non-plastic dehydrator such as TSM Products' Stainless Steel Dehydrator (pictured above). To learn more about plastic-free food dehydrators, check out this month's special feature: