Diet and Nutrition Tips for People with Asthma

Diet and Nutrition

Good nutrition plays an important role in everyone’s health, but it is especially important for people living with a chronic disease. Poor nutrition makes it more difficult for the body to fight off respiratory viruses, which can make someone more vulnerable to an asthma attack. In addition, many people have food allergies that can trigger an asthma episode, so it’s important to always check the nutritional label before consuming a new food product.

Eat a Well-balanced Diet
Weight gain occurs when you eat more calories than you burn. Not only is excessive weight gain bad for your overall health, but it can also trigger your asthma symptoms. Though paying attention to caloric content is important, it’s equally important to consider the nutritional content of the foods you’re eating. A healthy, well-balanced diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as foods with omega-3 fatty acids. You should also limit your consumption of trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids.

Check for Food Allergies
If you have food allergies to milk, eggs, shellfish, or peanuts, exposure to these food items can dramatically worsen your asthma symptoms. Even exposure to a small amount of a food allergen can trigger a life-threatening anaphylactic attack, which might require immediate asthma medication. It’s not always clear what ingredients are in different food items, so be sure to check the labels and ingredient list before purchasing any new snacks or meals.

Be Cautious about Preservatives
Sulfites, which are commonly used as a food preservative, can release sulfur dioxide, which can irritate your lungs. Sulfites aren’t added to fresh fruits and vegetables, but they are added to some processed foods, like dried fruits, canned vegetables, and some condiments.

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