By Josh Axe | Dr.Axe.com
Asthma is a respiratory illness that causes bronchial muscle spasms, swelling of lung lining, and increased mucus production leading to the inability to breathe.
Generally, it is triggered by exposure to an environmental irritant, stress, or exercise. Some causes include pollution, obesity, infections, allergies, exercise, stress, or hormonal imbalances.
Top Foods For Asthma
Raw fruits and vegetables. These foods will provide important vitamins and minerals in the diet and do not produce mucus. Citrus fruits are especially beneficial because they contain the phytonutrient quercetin.
Wild-caught fish. Fish contains anti-inflammatory omega-3s which can reduce the severity of asthma attacks.
Garlic and onions. Garlic and onions contain allicin, an antioxidant that may help improve asthma symptoms.
Water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to thin mucus and keep you hydrated.
Flaxseed. Flax is high in omega-3s and anti-inflammatory which can reduce the severity of asthma attacks.
Foods That Trigger Asthma
Conventional dairy. Pasteurized dairy is mucus producing and can plug the airways in the lungs.
Sugar. Sugar is pro-inflammatory and mucus producing, so try to avoid any form of concentrated sugar when possible.
Processed foods. Processed foods are generally high in sugar, salt, and low in nutrients. They may also contain toxins that can trigger an asthma attack.
Additives and preservatives. Certain food additives such as food colorings or dyes as well as preservatives have been linked to an increase in asthma attacks.
Frozen foods. Because of the temperature shock to the digestive system, frozen food such as ice-cream and frozen desserts can constrict blood vessels, leading to an asthma attack.
Top 5 Asthma Natural Remedies
#1 Quercetin (500 mg 2x daily)
Natural antihistamine and anti-allergenic like those found in citrus fruits, has been shown to reduce the severity of exercise-induced asthma.
#2 NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) (200-500mg 2-3x daily)
Helps decrease the severity and frequency of asthma attacks by increasing glutathione and thinning bronchial mucus.
#3 Fish Oil Omega-3 fats (2000 mg daily)
The omega-3 fats in fish oil reduce inflammation and may reduce frequency of asthma attacks.
#4 Vitamin B6 (100-200 mg daily)
People with asthma tend to have low levels of vitamin B6, therefore it is important to supplement.
#5 Magnesium (250 mg 2x daily)
Helps relax smooth muscle tissue and can improve lung function, can help relieve an acute asthma attack. Excess magnesium can cause diarrhea, so adjust dosage accordingly.
Essential Oils For Asthma
Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils can open up your airways improving bronchial restriction. Diffuse these oils in the air and breathe them in deeply or dilute them with coconut oil and rub onto chest and neck. (Check with your healthcare provider before using eucalyptus oil around children 2 or older.)