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What is the Anti-Asthma Diet - How Does it Affect Kids

Updated on September 28, 2012
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Whitney is a mom trying to evoke a healthy, happy life for herself and her family.

Anti-Asthma Diet

Not many people are aware that early protection can actually prevent asthma in children, but it is possible to help children who may be prone to asthma and asthmatic-type properties.

The Anti-Asthma Diet is really simple. It essentially eliminates fatty foods, excess meats, and even junk foods. The diet calls for more fruits and vegetables to be consumed on a daily basis.

The diet basically monitors and limits foods that may also cause an allergic reaction, which may include foods such as nuts, dairy, eggs, fish, soy, shellfish, and wheat. Some asthma attacks may be brought on by an allergic reaction to food consumption, so by limiting and even avoiding these foods, the attack can be prevented.

The asthma diet also is set to elliminate food additives that can trigger an asthma attack. These additives may include sulfites and sulfur dioxide, which are commonly added to dried fruit, condiments, and various beverages. Various preservatives such as benzoate preservatives, BHA and BHT, atificial colors such as Yellow 5, and flavorings like monosodium glutamate and aspartame.

Control Asthma with Diet

Becuase we can't always blame genetics and environment for the cause of asthma, it's about time that someone focused on diet.

There have been many studies on children in various countries and overall situations, and what's been seen is that those children in rural areas that consume the least amount of fruits and vegetables tend to develop asthma and/or allergies, and those children who consume more produce tend to have less risk.

This particular concept doesn't apply, so much, to adults, but mostly with children, who actually tend to suffer more asthma-related symptoms than adults.

It's thought that the produce contains the essential vitamins to help boost the immune system. These vitamins and minerals help fight diseases, reduce inflammation, and help the body cope. Vitamins A, C, and E, act as antioxidants that help reduce airway stress and tissue damage, which end up helping manage and potentially prevent asthma.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor so that you can determine your diagnosis and the best treatment.


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    • iGreekYogurt profile image


      7 years ago

      Asthma is a very complicated and common "disease" that many people around the world have to live with the symptoms from a very young age.

      Hopefully they are many drugs that can provide some kind of help but certainly we should not expect everything from them...

      Another great factor is our daily diet...and it is important to choose carefully our meals...Nutrition and Vitamins should always be included....For example Yogurt is a very good meal with many health benefits (especially for anti-asthma reasons)

      Here is a nice website that analyzes the Yogurt features in general:

      Thank for this very useful port!

    • Cheryl LeKane profile image

      Cheryl LeKane 

      10 years ago

      Thank you Whitney. There are many people who suffer from this illness and need all the support available. Excellent information!

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      10 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This is a very good article. Asthma is a miserable condition. Anything that can rescue kids from the symptoms is worth it. Voted up and useful.

      Have a great day!

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      10 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very informative hub on how to treat and control Asthma. I hope this will help parents who have children that are battling with Asthma.

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      Kate Swanson 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Whitney, the basic advice in this Hub is good. Studies have shown that children who eat a wide variety of healthy foods are less likely to develop allergic asthma. They should also be exposed to animals - keep a pet! And don't use antibacterial cleaners.

      The reason is that the wider the exposure to substances as a tiny child, the better educated the immune system becomes. Asthma is now thought to be causd by a hypersensitive, under-educated immune system.

      So that's why I take issue with your other advice. Avoiding foods which could cause allergies is almost guaranteeing the child will be allergic to them later in life, because their immune system won't recognise them and will react accordingly.

      It is a difficult dilemma for parents, but there's mounting evidence to show that the current explosion in peanut allergy is happening because a generation of parents kept their babies away from peanuts at a crucial stage of their immune development.


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