Healthy Diet for Asthma Patients

Asthma patients should be very careful about their diet. They should have an asthma diet plan in order to prevent unhealthy lifestyle. A healthy, nutritional, no-fat diet will help them stay away from the adverse affects of asthma. They may also prone to food allergies due to improper diet.


Turmeric acts as a preventive and curative for asthma. It can be taken in any form. 1 tsp of turmeric everyday helps you prevent or cure asthma. It can be taken either with honey or warm milk. Take 1 tsp of turmeric mixed in 2 tsp honey on empty stomach. (Or) Take 1 tsp of turmeric mixed in a small glass of warm milk two times a day.

Helpful Diet for Asthma Patients:

• Coffee helps to control the severity of the attack. This is because of the caffeine present in it. Caffeine makes breathing easy for asthma patients.

• Onions helps in controlling the inflammation of the airways. This is because onions have anti-inflammatory components.

• Spices like garlic, cumin seeds, long pepper, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom are taken regularly for being healthy.

• Coming to the type of milk, goat's milk is very useful. Buffalo's and cow's milk should be avoided.

• Vitamin B supplements like green leafy vegetables and pulses should be taken in large amounts.

• Dried figs, which are rich in magnesium helps in improving the health of asthma patients.

• Whole meal bread, maize, jawar and millets which are also very useful for asthma patients.

• Vegetables such as spinach, bitter gourd, pumpkin and green banana and fruits like grapes, raisins and papaya are preferred.

• Hot foods like chilli, hot mustard helps in dilating the air passages by opening the mucus and thus helps in easy breathing.

Avoidable Foods for Asthma Patients:

• Buffalo's milk and cow's milk should be completely avoided.

• Fatty food products like cheese should be avoided.

• Food products that contain preservatives and added colour should be avoided, as these may cause irritation and allergy.

• Should be completely away from wine and beer.

• Legumes and roots should be kept away.

• Eggs, fish and nuts should not be taken.

• Cool drinks, citrus fruits and sour fruits should be avoided.

• Dairy products, chocolates, cakes, muffins, bread and white sugar should be avoided.

• Salt intake should be reduced. This can be substituted with spices which add more flavour and taste to the food.

• Fish that contain omega 3 fatty acids can be consumed in small amounts but should not be taken in large quantities.

Diet that should be taken at night:

Asthma patients should take proper care of their diet at night. They should take a very light diet at night and follow their asthma diet plan. This is because of the inactivity of the metabolic rate. The digestive system is inactive and the metabolic rate is very low at night. Because of this, heavy food may cause irritation. Black pepper should be taken, as it has digestive stimulants, which helps in easy digestion of food.