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post in: Health, News Date:15 Oct 2017, 13:08 views:1631
For the last few years I have been combining my two passions; educating people with asthma to better take care of their disease, and city my love of cooking and sharing delicious food.
This has led to my nickname asthma chef, and inspired this asthma series of blog posts. Future posts will include recipes and tips for eating and living well with asthma. Asthma is a allergy disease of inflammation.
The inside of the airways become red and swollen, blocking the flow of air and making it hard to breathe.
Since the main culprit of asthma is inflammation, eating anti-inflammatory foods may help reduce airway swelling and improve symptoms. Below are a few of my favorite ingredients I always have on hand that are easy to incorporate into any cooking routine: Avocado is a fruit (yes, a fruit!) that is nutrient dense with fiber, Vitamin E, B Vitamins and folic acid. Avocados are naturally sodium and cholesterol-free, and are packed with heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat.
Two tablespoons are only 50 calories. For a quick and easy breakfast, top whole wheat toast with fresh avocado slices, fresh ground pepper and a dash of hot sauce.
Dark leafy green and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, spinach and Brussel sprouts contain high concentrations of vitamins and mineralslike calcium, iron, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. I add greens to all types of egg dishes; omelets, quiche and egg casseroles.
Turmeric is an Asian spice that has been used for over 2500 years to improve several chronic conditions; everything from arthritis to high cholesterol. Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that is believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Turmerics relative, ginger, is also known to reduce chronic inflammation and decrease stomach upset.
Try adding turmeric to rice or egg dishes, and saut mushrooms with ginger, onions and garlic, and then simmer in miso broth for a warming soup. Green tea contains flavonoids that are potent anti-inflammatories.