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While there may be no cure for asthma, there are many things you can do for yourself or your little ones to help manage its symptoms. As shocking as it may sound, many asthma home remedies are found in our daily lives! By simply adding them to our diets, we can help reduce symptoms and gain better control over our asthma. So without further ado, here are 5 foods that can help you combat asthma!

  1. Garlic/Ginger
  2. Fatty fish
  3. Honey
  4. Caffeine
  5. Black Seeds

Note: None of the above should be used as replacements for medication. Ensure you consult a doctor before introducing any extreme changes to your lifestyle and/or diet.

1. Garlic/Ginger

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ginger

Inflammation can make your airways more sensitive to asthma attacks and lead to more severe symptoms. That’s why incorporating anti-inflammatory foods like ginger and garlic can be a good way to help prevent asthma attacks! Both of these foods are known to help with heart disease and improve respiratory health.

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2. Fatty Fish

Fish oil is known to be good for cholesterol and heart disease. But did you know that the fatty acids in fish oil may also help with lung function and decreasing airway inflammation? Instead of taking supplements, you can try to eat fatty fish, like salmon, anchovies, and mackerel.

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3. Honey

honey

Is nighttime coughing a common problem for you? Then honey may be able to help! This sweet ingredient is known to suppress coughs by increasing airway secretions and salivations. Try mixing a few spoonfuls into warm tea before bed for a soothing treat that will help with your coughing!

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4. Caffeine

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Studies have shown that drinking caffeine can help with constricted airways and lung function for 2-4 hours after consumption. Just be sure not to use caffeine as a treatment too often, as it can have some unwanted side effects, like headaches, shakiness, and insomnia!

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5. Black Seeds

These are seeds from the nigella sativa plant, also known as black caraway, black cumin, kalonji, and black onion seeds. Eating these seeds could potentially help with wheezing, lung function, and coughing in people with asthma. Some studies have shown that they can even help relieve lung inflammation.

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While some studies have been conducted on various natural remedies, there are no proven natural cures for asthma. However, incorporating these foods into your diet may provide you with some symptomatic relief. Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to help with asthma symptoms? Share with us in the comments!

References

Beasley, E. (2020, June 23). 7 Ways to Ease Asthma Naturally. Healthgrades. https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/asthma/7-ways-to-ease-asthma-naturally.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2020, August 11). Asthma. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369660.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2020, September 24). Do complementary and alternative approaches work? Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/in-depth/asthma-treatment/art-20044554.

WebMD. (2020, August 30). Natural Remedies for Asthma. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/natural-cure-asthma