Wellness Wednesday – Allergies & Asthma

WebMd states that, “…Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes with increased production of sticky secretions inside the tubes. People with asthma experience symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame, or fill with mucus.”

While some who have asthma don’t experience symptoms regularly, these issues can still be affecting daily life; and sadly, diet and lifestyle choices may have a lot to do with it.

Some symptoms of asthma include:

Frequent cough
Shortness of breath, or losing your breath easily
Weakness when exercising
Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy or moody
Signs of a cold or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
Disturbance in sleeping patterns

Wheezing or coughing after any form of exercise

While we are on the topic of symptoms, we wanted to share several different foods/beverages that you may be consuming that could be potentially triggering asthma attacks:

Milk (Sometimes even  organic – homemade nut or grain milk may be better!)
Peanuts
Processed/Bleached Salt
Shellfish & Other Types of Seafood
Certain Types of Soy
Wheat

Alcohol

On the opposite end, here are several amazing “Superfoods” that will help combat asthma symptoms naturally!

Apples
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Flax Seeds
Garlic
Avocado
Kale
Ginger
Tumeric
Elderberry

Chia Seeds

If you feel that you may be suffering from any of these types of symptoms, please be sure to check with your local practitioner on ways that can help reduce your suffering. While altering your diet and lifestyle are incredibly beneficial, it is best to let your primary care physician know of your struggles, as there may be a more serious underlying condition associated with these triggers.

Below are more great links to articles about asthma symptoms and the best and worst foods to consume – check them out!

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