Food and NutritionFoods to be taken
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat foods with omega-3 fatty acids which are found in fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines and some plant sources, like flaxseed are believed to have a number of health benefits.
- Some of the best foods recommended for people with asthma include: avocado, carrots, green leafy veggies like spinach, kale, broccoli sprouts, sweet potatoes, ginger, turmeric, garlic, onions, apples, grapes, nuts, tomatoes
- People suffering from asthma should avoid foods that contain additives such as sulfites. They should also avoid Caffeine, Salt and Sugar.
- Dairy products also need to be avoided, because they act as irritants and cause phlegm. Other foods that stimulate the production of phlegm include: Banana, Curd, Papaya, Rice, Sugar. Try to reduce the intake of such foods.
- Avoid dry foods that are hard to digest. While consuming such foods, the throat becomes irritated and asthma symptoms worsen.
Yoga and Exercise
- Despite the fact that asthma may be brought on by aerobic activity, exercise may still be a desirable option for many asthmatics
- Activities that involve short, intermittent periods of exertion such as volleyball, gymnastics, baseball and wrestling are generally well tolerated by people with symptoms of asthma
- Swimming, which is a strong endurance sport, is generally well tolerated by many people with asthma because it is usually performed in a warm, moist air environment. It is also an excellent activity for maintaining physical fitness.
- Other beneficial activities for people with asthma include both outdoor and indoor biking, aerobics, walking, or running on a treadmill.
- Avoid exercising in polluted environments, or in cold or dry air.
Some of the Yoga exercises that have been found to be effective in dealing with asthma include the
- Baddhakona Asana (Restrained Angle Posture) watch video
- Vira Asana (Hero Posture) watch video
- Sarvanga Asana (Shoulder Stand) watch video
- Tada Asana (Mountain Pose) watch video
- Another very powerful Yogic technique that is extremely effective in helping with asthma and other respiratory ailments is the Pranayama (Breath of Life) watch video
- Asthma action plan should be created and followed
- Avoiding things that worsen your asthma
- Working with your doctor to treat other conditions that can interfere with asthma management
- Keep records of your symptoms, check your peak flow number using a peak flow meter, and get regular asthma checkups