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Asthma

Question
Posted by: | 2020/03/20

Q.

Ideal diet for asthma?

Hi Professor - From all the research I've done, it seems like something along the lines of a vegan/ vegetarian diet would help my asthma (I am an otherwise healthy and athletic 24 year old, currently on advair 500, spireva 1.25, singulair, allegra and fluticosane), but am finding conflicting information regarding eggs and milk products. I have no known food allergies or intolerances, and recently did a blood test and was only allergic to pollens, dusts etc. Increasing fruits and vegetables seems to be a no brainer, but in terms of cutting other things out I want to make sure I'm doing myself more good than bad. Could you provide some guidance regarding - milk, eggs, fish, meat, grains. Thank you!

Expert's Reply

A.

Asthma Expert
- 2020/03/24

Food allergens generally are less likely to impact asthma.  Asthma is generally impacted by allergens that you breathe in such as pollen, dust, etc.  Having said that, food can sometimes aggravate asthma.  One can take a specific allergy test or alternatively eliminate things like milk and eggs and see if they make a difference.  You should then reintroduce them and if the asthma symptoms worsen then clearly this is the offending culprit.  I'm not aware that a vegan or vegetarian diet may generally be beneficial for asthma.  There have been many trials on this and no specific diet when applied to a large group of people seems to be specifically beneficial.

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