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Changing Your Diet For Asthma Control

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Jan 4, 2017 3:28:39 PM
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Changing Your Diet For Asthma Control
 
Don’t do it.
(That’s the short answer.)

But why?
(The long answer.)

We all want a cure for our allergy and asthma problems yet hate all the medications, getting the allergy shots, or giving up our beloved pet.  Wouldn’t it be easier to eat our way to a cure?

Many of the special diet ideas come from studies of how asthma works.  Specifically, we see lower vitamin D levels in asthmatics but replacement of that vitamin D isn’t doing much to help the asthma part (it certainly helps the bones!).  Antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals all play a role in our immune system.  Adding more isn’t going to keep your asthmatic out of the hospital but may help them become generally healthier.

Do I Need To See An Allergist?
Further, foods are almost never a trigger for just asthma.  Food allergy causes anaphylaxis, which can including breathing problems but will also have other problems like hives, vomiting, throat swelling, and passing out.  Therefore, food allergy testing is generally not needed for asthma.  It would normally be done if food anaphylaxis was happening.

Ultimately, being at your ideal weight can help your breathing.  Obesity leads to the excess weight pushing in on your chest wall and impairing your breathing.  It increases reflux and can give you a second type of cough.  Not to mention, carrying the extra weight takes a lot more energy and breath.

A well-balanced diet containing the correct number of calories is the path to overall wellness and it certainly recommended!  Just remember it isn’t a cure all for your asthma.

For more proven ways to find allergy and asthma relief, choose a real Allergist—one certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology (ABAI).  For those in the Sioux Falls area, Dakota Allergy & Asthma is ready to help.

 

Topics: asthma, managing my asthma, asthma treatment