Can different foods affect asthma?
Avoid sulfites. Sulfites can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Used as a preservative, sulfites can be found in wine, dried fruits, pickles, fresh and frozen shrimp, and some other foods.
Foods. Certain foods, such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish, and food additives can trigger asthma symptoms. It is best to avoid these foods if they trigger an asthma attack.
- Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cola drinks and cocoa. Caffeine is a drug that is very similar to theophylline. Theophylline is a bronchodilator drug that is taken to open up the airways in the lungs and therefore relieve the symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, coughing and breathlessness.
- Nocturnal asthma, with symptoms like chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, and wheezing at night, can make sleep impossible and leave you feeling tired and irritable during the day. These problems may affect your overall quality of life and make it more difficult to control your daytime asthma symptoms.
- A form of nighttime asthma, called nocturnal asthma, can cause coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. These symptoms may disturb your sleep. Researchers at UCLA suggest taking 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime. Honey and cinnamon may help remove phlegm from the throat and give your immune system a boost.
The most common foods associated with allergic symptoms are:
- Cow's milk.
- Shrimp and other shellfish.
- Tree nuts.
- PINEAPPLE ENZYME, ASTHMA RELIEF. Research suggests that the pineapple enzyme bromelain appeared to reduce inflammation associated with asthma. For example, pineapple is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C, which also may help asthmatics.
- Sulfites are found naturally in some foods, which presents an additional challenge to sensitive individuals. Peanuts, eggs, black tea, vinegar and other fermented foods contain natural sulfites. So do some otherwise healthy vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, garlic, onions, chives and leeks.
- There's a chance that they're harmful. Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body's cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors.
Allergies are a common trigger of asthma, including allergies to pollen, mold, house dust, animal dander, and occasionally medicine or foods. Hormones, aspirin, cold dry air, very cold or spicy foods or beverages, and "intrinsic factors" can all stimulate an asthma attack.
- BANANAS vs ASTHMA. Going bananas may help kids breathe easier. Children who ate just one banana a day had a 34% less chance of developing asthmatic symptoms, according to new British research.
- Asthma triggers. Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include: Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste.
- Strong emotions such as fear, excitement or anger can affect the way we breathe. Our breathing might be quicker and less regular and we might take short quick breaths through our mouths. This kind of breathing can trigger asthma symptoms for some people.
Updated: 12th November 2019