Lifestyle: Asthma

One can lower changes of lung disease and even make the lungs work better by eating a few vegetables and fruit every day, especially apples. This is a conclusion of two British studies on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD ), which can be caused by asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. A survey of  heavy smokers showed that eating just a portion of vegetables and fruits every day, particularly apples, helped. Another study showed, and found that the ones who ate 5 apples a day for a week could inhale and exhale a lot more air than those who did not. 3 tomatoes a week produced the same result. The wheezing was less common with the ones who ate apples, bananas, and tomatoes.

Always look for the reddest tomatoes, they have lycopene, it is a carotenoid that gives the tomato their rich color. Since few foods have as much lycopene as tomatoes, this may be the reason a triple dose of them each week helps protect against asthma. One can also get lycopene from pink grapefruit, watermelon,  apricots, bananas, avocados, cantaloupe, mango, and even better guava, which compares to the tomato for lycopene, and has more vitamin C than a orange. Bananas will calm your cough and indigestion while helping to eliminate your wheezing.

Selenium, is a trace mineral and a anti-oxidant, often works hand and hand with magnesium to quiet asthma, thus you can get more out of vegetables and grains grown in selenium rich soil. You can jump start your breathing with a jolt of java. Researches explains that caffeine is a mild bronchodilator, it opens up swollen airways, peps up tired muscles in the respiratory system. It belongs to the same family of chemicals as the drug theophylline, which is a drug commonly prescribed to treat asthma. If you are not a coffee drinker you can get caffeine from soft drinks, teas, cocoa, and chocolate, a cup of coffee has about the same amount of caffeine as 2 diet cokes, 3 cup of hot tea, 7 cups of hot chocolate, and 10 Hershey bars. You will have to careful because of the calories because caffeine is a drug, so limit what you eat and drink.


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