Nutrition's Role In Controlling Asthma Essay

525 WordsMay 30, 20113 Pages
Asthma is a chronic condition triggered by a variety of environmental factors and foods that affects the respiratory system making it difficult to breathe. Asthma is a complex disease and is the product of environmental and genetic combinations that geneticists have not been able to duplicate. One nutritional goal that could lessen the amount of asthma attacks is the cutting back of cow’s milk, wheat, eggs, and nuts; although it may seem as some foods can be particularly hard on asthmatics there are others that can actually calm an attack and they are garlic, onions, coffee and some spicy foods. Eating plenty of Vitamin B rich foods like green leafy vegetables and good sources of Magnesium as well as Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin C packed foods can help control the inflammation of airways is another nutritional goal. As a third goal eating more fruit typed vegetables is necessary in my plan because eating green beans, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes lessen the symptoms of asthma. (Chatzi, 2007) Because nutritional factors are not the only cause or trigger for asthma structured exercise can also help. Structured exercise is important to reduce weight and condition the lungs making asthma harder to trigger. Referring to My Food Pyramid, the recommended daily Dairy servings for an average woman of 5'5" and 34 years of age are 3 cups; 6 ounces of Meats & Beans, 3 cups of Veggies, 2 cups of Fruit, and 7 ounces of Grains. (United States Department of Agriculture) Taking a Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement are recommended because, according to the assessment generated by my intake of the Vitamins A, C, and E should have been higher. Magnesium is one mineral that I need to increase to help control my asthma. All of this information is important and makes the goals of my plan more executable because switching whole cow’s milk for non-fat milk, limiting

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