Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - An­jali Muk­er­jee (Nu­tri­tion­ist)

Asthma, a res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tion that causes dif­fi­culty in breath­ing, is caused by a va­ri­ety of fac­tors. From weather con­di­tions to food prod­ucts, there are sev­eral rea­sons that may trig­ger al­ler­gic re­ac­tions, re­sult­ing to asthma. There is also a psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pect that shows about 25% of young asth­mat­ics have a deepseated emo­tional in­se­cu­rity and an in­ten­sive need for love. Hered­ity also plays a role in this dis­ease. To re­duce the fre­quency of at­tacks, nu­tri­tion in­take is im­por­tant. Here’s a list of nu­tri­ents that one should con­sume:

Omega-3 fats: These fatty acids are found in sea-food and flaxseeds. They work to pre­vent block­ages in air pas­sages. If sen­si­tive to as­pirin, check with your doc­tor be­fore con­sum­ing fish oil cap­sules that are good sup­ple­ments of Omega-3 fats.

Mag­ne­sium: This min­eral works as a bron­chodila­tor and helps to re­lax mus­cles.

Vi­ta­min C: It helps cut the risk of wheez­ing by re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion of tis­sues sur­round­ing the bronchial tubes. It helps re­duce al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to dust, pol­lu­tants by boost­ing im­mu­nity. Rec­om­mended foods:

Onions and gar­lic, known for their anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, con­tain quercetin, an an­tiox­i­dant that sta­bilises cell mem­branes Eat hot, spicy foods such as bell pep­pers, mus­tard for they un­plug air pas­sages and make breath­ing eas­ier If cof­fee agrees with you, try drink­ing one to three cups a day to di­late bronchial tubes Li­corice is a herb that helps re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and pre­vents fre­quent at­tacks. Fast­ing once a week, do­ing breath­ing ex­er­cises will go a long way in treat­ing this con­di­tion.

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