Beyond Your Inhaler: 5 Foods That Fight Asthma

Avocado vanilla smoothieThe immediate response to coughing, wheezing and other asthma symptoms is to reach for the inhaler, take a puff and go right back to normal.

But if you’re someone who doesn’t like being super dependent on medication to feel better, there are some alternative ways to keep asthma in check – and it begins with watching what you eat.

Yes, an anti-asthma diet does exist and it’s possible that you may have some of the necessary foods for that diet in your home already – but may not know exactly how they benefit you and your asthma.

If you’re looking to ease up on your asthma inhaler a little more these days, here are three foods that do wonders for folks living with asthma:

Avocado
Now, this isn’t just good for nacho platters and fun chip dips. Avocado is packed with an antioxidant known as glutathione, which helps the body rid itself of pollutants and other toxins that are bad on the respiratory system. Thus, adding more of this fruit to your diet makes for a good relief from asthma triggers.

Ginger
This herb can be found in any grocery store and, according to experts, it’s a known antihistamine. Meaning, the ginger root works similarly to drugs like Benadryl, which stops inflammation and opens up constricted airways to improve breathing and oxygen flow. A good way to incorporate ginger into your diet is through homemade teas with honey and sugar for added flavor.

Spinach
This veggie isn’t just good for strong muscles and bones, like in Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. Spinach is high in potassium and magnesium – and asthma patients typically possess a deficiency in both which triggers asthma attacks. Experts say adding spinach to the diet will assist those deficiencies and, thus, leave less room for asthma symptoms to arise.