Millions of people all over the world suffer from Asthma, and if you’ve ever met one who suffers from it then you’re familiar with the pssst psst sound of the inhalers that make a relatively normal day to day life possible for them.
1 May 2018 marks 20th World Asthma Day. It is celebrated worldwide on the first Tuesday of May every year. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Never too early, never too late’. ‘It’s always the right time to address airways disease’. The theme provides a call to action for both patients and healthcare providers worldwide to evaluate symptoms regardless of the timepoint in one’s life they may occur and take actions to ensure that the asthma is controlled. World Asthma Day was first observed in 1998.
Asthma is a common, chronic respiratory disease affecting the airways of the lungs. It is a chronic ongoing inflammation of these airways causing them to become narrow or swell up making it difficult to breathe.
It’s unclear what exactly causes asthma, but experts believe that it’s due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
Urbanisation with its high levels of vehicle emissions, industrial pollution, burning of waste in the open is contributing to the increase in incidence and worsening symptoms of asthma. Studies have shown that breathing in polluted air causes 40 percent of asthmatics to have an acute attack requiring them to visit emergency room.
What are the signs and symptoms of asthma?
Signs and symptoms of asthma may vary from person to person. Affected individuals may have symptoms all the time or only at certain times. For some, symptoms may become worse during physical activity or at night. The main symptoms of asthma are:
- Chest tightness or pain
- Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
- A cough that doesn’t go away
- Indoor allergens (for example, house dust mites in bedding, carpets and stuffed furniture, pollution and pet dander)
- Outdoor allergens (such as pollens and moulds)
- Cobacco smoke
- Chemical irritants in the workplace
- Air pollution.
8 Easy Diet Recommendations & Tips For People With Asthma
Include More Garlic And Onion.
All are considered natural antimicrobials. They may help to fight bacterial infections and improve overall immune health
Eat More Magnesium Rich Foods.
Low levels of magnesium are associated with increased risk of developing asthma, and increasing magnesium has been shown to reduce severity of asthma attacks and symptoms like muscle-spasming anxiety.
Include More Flaxseeds In Your Diet.
Flaxseeds may help you in your fight against asthma as it’s considered to be very effective anti-asthmatic.
Eat Foods Rich In Vitamins D and C.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps detoxify the body. Sufficient vitamin D is also important to control asthma. A deficiency of vitamins D and C may lead to increased risks of developing asthma in kids and adults.
Add More Turmeric To Your Diet.
A glass of water containing a bit of turmeric and a bit of black pepper is considered as an effective remedy against asthmatic disorders.
Keep Dairy Consumption To A Minimum.
Dairy products may trigger production of mucous, blocking airways.
Avoid Sugary And Processed Foods.
Consumption of these foods must be completely avoided if you are suffering from asthma or are at risk of developing asthma.
Avoid Drinking Chilled Water Too Often.
Eating cold food or drinking chilled water can tighten the airways.
Although Asthma is not curable but it can be controlled by following good diet and measures.
You should consult a doctor if you think you may have asthma although several conditions can cause similar symptoms. Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening, so it’s important to seek immediate medical help.