In Asthma Alternatives: Part One, we discussed how chiropractic treatment addresses the possible causes of asthma, not just the symptoms. We also talked about inhaler pitfalls. When it comes to asthma, you may have more control than you think. Being mindful about nutrition can boast big benefits for asthma sufferers.
Asthma & Diet
Several studies indicate that people who eat multiple servings of fruit each day have less incidences of asthma than people who eat less fruit. Research surrounding the popular Mediterranean diet shows similar results. The Mediterranean diet consists of an increased intake of fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and unsaturated fatty acids, like what you'll find in olives or avocados.
Reduce Inflammation with Fruit & Veg
According to Dr. Jason Fowler, D.C., Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Woodridge, a natural diet change—like increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat each day—is a smart strategy. Doing so delivers crucial vitamins to our bodies that can help reduce internal inflammation, a major cause of many illnesses. "A holistic treatment approach tries to influence the body's production of friendly eicosanoids, which are hormone-like substances," he explains. "If the body is receiving an increased amount of nutrients like B3, B6, zinc and magnesium, anti-inflammatory mediators are more likely to be produced."
Vitamins B & C and H20
If you suffer from asthma, Dr. Jason encourages you to make sure you're getting enough vitamin B and C in your diet. "Vitamin B5 is vital to the function of the adrenal glands and production of corticosteroids," he says. "Vitamin C is the antioxidant nutrient most commonly found in the air passages protecting mucous membranes from free radical damage caused by asthma and allergies." He recommends supplementing your vitamin C intake by 1000-2000 mg/day and drinking plenty of water each day. This prevents mucous membranes from drying out.
If you've been diagnosed with asthma and are taking prescription medication, be sure to talk to your primary care physician before adding vitamin supplements to your diet