February 21, 2013According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans with asthma increased from 7.3% of the population in 2001 to 8.4% in 2010, and continues to rise. Several studies have indicated that changing diets are a factor in this increase a diet that includes fewer fruits and vegetables and more processed food. More research is required before we understand the connection between asthma and nutrition, but we already know that a good diet is an important part of an overall asthma treatment plan. Just like regular exercise, a healthy diet is good for everyone. One recent study of asthma and diet showed that teens with poor nutrition were more likely to have asthma symptoms. Those who did not consume enough fruits and foods with vitamins C and E and omega-3 fatty acids were the most likely to have poor lung function. Another study from 2007 found that children who grew up eating a Mediterranean diet that was high in nuts and fruits like grapes, apples, and tomatoes were less likely to have asthma-like symptoms. There are also nutrition-related symptoms that irritate and increase asthma symptoms:
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