Respiratory Health and Healthy Eating

Respiratory Health and Healthy Eating
29 November 2017

Tips from Alison Cowell, Nutritionist

Respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema can range from mild to severe and cause stressful symptoms for those affected. Whilst there is no cure for these conditions, there are natural ways to support your lungs and improve your overall wellbeing.

Top foods that can help:

  • Amaranth: a super ‘grain’ rich in vitamins A, C & E and amino acids that help relieve congested lungs
  • Apples: they contain a flavonoid called khellin that opens up airways
  • Avocados: have a property called glutathione (antioxidant) that fights free radicals Carrots: vitamin A (beta-carotene) which can help reduce exercise-induced asthma
  • Flax seeds: rich in magnesium and beneficial omega-3 to help reduce inflammation in the airways
  • Ginger: can help loosen phlegm
  • Kale: can block the free radicals responsible for causing contractions of smooth muscles in airway passages, high vitamin C Oranges: high vitamin C and antioxidants that can help prevent chest infections
  • Parsnips and turnips: like carrots, they contain carotenoids (powerful antioxidants and phyto-nutrients) that can help ease asthma, wheezing and symptoms of emphysema
  • Salmon: omega-3, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help dilate blood vessels and relax muscles

NB: Remember that you are unique. There may be reasons why some of these foods are not suitable for you either due to food intolerances, digestive issues or clashes with medication.

Foods that can hinder:

  • (milk, cheese, cream, ice-cream etc): contain casein, which triggers mucous production
  • Eggs: a top food to be intolerant to that can cause breathing issues and blocked sinuses

Any food that you are intolerant to can affect breathing, so it’s well worth having a test to establish your friends and your foes!

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