Diet For Asthma


Asthma attacks occur when the bronchial tubes of your lungs go into spasm due to histamine. Histamine is produced by your immune system when you come into contact with something to which you are hyper-sensitive. Asthma sufferers are often hyper-sensitive to:

  • House-dust mite droppings (microscopic – found in house dust and bedding)
  • Pets
  • Fumes and smoke
  • Sprays
  • Cold air

These are the conventional asthma triggers. More controversial triggers are:

  • Food intolerances (often wheat, dairy, eggs or yeast, but can be any food)
  • Toxins from intestinal dysbiosis (excess harmful intestinal bacteria or fungi)
  • Sprays, perfumes and chemicals or mould spores found in the home or at work
  • Deficiencies of magnesium and B vitamins, due to a poor ability to assimilate them. Such deficiencies are well known to promote spasms.

Dysbiosis damages your intestines, which then fail to prevent gut toxins and debris from getting into your blood. Here these set off inflammatory processes which stimulate histamine production and cause much stress to your liver and adrenal glands. Your adrenals can become exhausted from over-producing cortisol as they try to damp down these inflammatory processes. Dark shadows under your eyes often indicate adrenal stress.

Conventional treatments

Most doctors are concerned only with the conventional triggers, and treat asthma with drugs to:

  • Relax the spasms
  • Suppress your immune system’s response to the triggers
  • Regular courses of antibiotics to prevent lung infections, which can be life-threatening in severe asthma.

This approach does not cure asthma, and allows the disease to progress, resulting in more disability and more drug side effects if steroids are prescribed.

How nutritional therapy can help asthma

Some cases of asthma are incorrectly diagnosed, and are not asthma but simple food intolerances. Discovering which food is responsible, and removing it from your diet can stop the symptoms in a matter of days. In these cases, nutritional therapy is very effective.

The procedure and food recipes you will need to carry out this test can be found in this book Treat Yourself with Nutritional Therapy.

Asthma can of course be more complex. But by using nutritional therapy to remove some of the stressors which contribute to your attacks, some people do become more tolerant to pets, fumes and other conventional triggers. A strict diet is required, but if adhered to, attacks will usually lessen gradually. Depending on your constitution, a return to near-normal health is achievable within one year.

Diet for asthma

Linda Lazarides’ diet for asthma is in three phases

Phase I: (4 weeks)

  • A diagnostic (base-line) diet to exclude any foods to which you may be intolerant. This diet can be found in the book already mentioned.

A reduction in asthma attacks during this diet is a strong indicator that digestive problems and harmful intestinal bacteria (which cause food intolerance) are contributing to your asthma.

  • An antimicrobial program to reduce harmful intestinal bacteria and fungi

Phase II: (4 weeks)

  • Testing four of the most common foods which can trigger asthma
  • Repopulating your intestines with beneficial bacteria
  • Liver and adrenal gland rejuvenation measures.

Phase III: (permanent)

  • Continued avoidance of any problem foods
  • Maintaining a healthy intestinal environment

Click here for more information about nutritional therapy.

Linda Lazarides is Course Director of the School of Modern Naturopathy and author of eight books on health, nutrition and naturopathy.

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