Diet for Asthma & Allergies

 

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There are very specific things you want to have in your diet if you suffer from allergies or asthma. These things are important for your overall health anyway, but they are especially important if you have allergies or asthma – and you don’t want to spend the rest of your life on streoids.

 

Remember that asthma is a chronic inflammation, so you specifically want to target things that help reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.

 

It is vitally important to eat lost of fruits and vegetables. And the vegetables need to be colorful. Choose dark green lettuce or spinach for your salads. Iceberg lettuce has about as much nutrition as a glass of water.

 

Broccoli, fresh green beans, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes are all good quick choices.

 

Canteloupe, watermelon, apples, cherries, strawberries, oranges, cranberry, red or purple grapes, and fresh pineapple are all great choices to eat everyday.

 

Orange juice, cranberry juice, V8, vegetable juices, and green tea are all great immune strengthening choices.

 

Strong black coffee is often used to relieve an attack. It opens your airways and is full of nutrients. Because of the caffeine – which is bad for asthma, coffee drinking needs to be kept to one or two cups a day.

 

Omega 3 fatty acids are important. If you don’t eat fish 2 or 3 times a week, take a supplement. You can find Enteric Coated capsules that don’t leave a fish taste or burp.

 

Other supplements you should be taking –

 

A good multi vitamin

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin D (must have all 4)

 

It takes 6 months of taking supplements everyday for your body to fully realize the benefits. Don’t quit in a day or two thinking it doesn’t work. It takes time to build your immune system up. 

 

Some people need an additional B12 supplement. Talk to your doctor.

 

You want to have a high anti-oxidant diet (including supplements) to give your body a fortress of protection.

 

Because of changes in the soils used for farming, magnesium deficiency has become more common. Make sure you are getting enough of this very important nutrient.

 

Because of the skin cancer threats, we are now not getting the vitamin D we need. It is causing all kinds of health problems. Get 15 minutes a day of unprotected sun, but never enough to burn. As far as I’ve heard, the additional amount in the supplement list above should be enough. Vitamin D can be toxic in high doses.

 

Then, there are the apple cider vinegar, believers. I personally can’t drink it. I’ve tried.

Make sure you’re eating foods rich in antioxidants and giving your body plenty of what it needs. 

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