Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition where the airways become inflamed and also obstructed from time to time. It can a lot of suffering and even death. Asthma can be treated with the right treatment and care including nutritional intervention.
COVID-19 is a virus that attacks the respiratory system – In serious cases, respiratory collapse leads to death. Fatality rates for COVID-19: Without any pre-existing conditions – less than 1%. Hypertension – 6%. Chronic respiratory conditions like asthma – 6.3%. Diabetes – 7.3%. Cardiovascular disease – 10.5%.
The likely suspect is animal protein which elicits the inflammatory reaction in the lungs leading to further respiratory problems. We get plenty of protein on a plant based diet.
Dairy appears to be the main dietary culprit – increasing the prevalence and also aggravating the symptoms. A study has indicated that as many as 40% of the participants can develop mild symptoms of asthma in 2 weeks. In another study, when children were taken off dairy, the dairy-free diet improved the respiratory performance by 22% in 8 weeks. Almond mylk sounds good right now.
A high-fat diet also increases inflammation in the respiratory tract and the airways. People with asthma have a higher risk of pneumonia and respiratory distress. On the other hand, fruits n vegetables are protective against asthma. For best results, try including at least 1.5-2 cups of fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables in your daily routine. Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables improves lung function due to the anti-oxidants and dietary fibre in them as both have anti-inflammatory effects.
In our work with clients at Justbe, we have seen them get rid of their inhalers either partly or fully. In may cases, asthma goes away completely. The same is true for other lifestyle conditions like hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
We must put nutrition to work while following public health advice about hygiene measures and social distancing. It is never a good idea to live with blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Underlying conditions only worsen the outcome of an infection.
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