New Asthma Treatment – A Balanced Healthy Diet

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New and exciting research recently published states that eating a balanced healthy diet consisting of fruit, whole grain, and green leafy vegetables can have significant health benefits for people with Asthma.

Recent laboratory studies conducted and published by Nature Medicine indicate that a high-fibre, nutrient-rich diet can reduce lung inflammation. Reducing inflammation in the lungs helps ease asthma sufferers’ outbreaks.

A High Fibre Nutritious Diet

A healthy balanced diet high in fibre can change the nutrients the stomach can absorb from the food it digests. This benefits the immune system by allowing the body to produce and absorb more fatty acids.

Scientists link a change in eating habits over the past 50 years to a rise in those experiencing allergic asthma attacks.

Eating habits in recent decades have changed from a diet consisting of mainly fresh home-cooked meals to one high in processed foods, salt, sugars and oils.

Modern eating trends are swaying towards diets with a higher percentage of processed foods; this is responsible for the significant increase in the numbers of people living with allergic Asthma and sufferers of other respiratory illnesses.

People with Asthma are more sensitive to environmental changes; their airways become easily irritated and inflamed.

During an asthma attack, airways become inflamed, making breathing hard.

Asthma Treated Via The Stomach

The human stomach is host to trillions of bacteria, both good and bad.

Maintaining a balanced, nutrient-rich, high-fibre diet changes the types of bacteria and their quantities in the gut.

Bacteria that prefer to live on soluble fibre – the kind provided by fruit and vegetables – produce more short-chain fatty acids; fatty acids are more accessible for the body to absorb into the blood and help destroy ‘free radicals, boosting the immune system.

Essential Fatty Acids – More Essential Than Ever

Researchers stated that having higher levels of these fatty acids in the blood makes the respiratory system more resilient to irritation, inflammation and infection.

Clinical trials were carried out on laboratory mice. The mice were split into two groups, one given a high-fibre diet and the other processed low-fibre foods.

Scientists Go On Record

The report said, “Recent increases in the number of reported cases of allergic Asthma are comprehensively documented in developed countries. This increase seems directly related to a reduction in fibre consumption in the average diet and diets with a high percentage of processed foods.”

The head scientist, Dr Benjamin Marsland, told us, “There is a high probability that the results seen [In the laboratory mice] will be replicated in humans. Although the levels of fibre and concentrations of short-chain fatty acids are likely to differ.”

Dr Marshland also said that food supplements are an alternative to a high-fibre diet, and foods containing purified fatty acids may produce similar results.

This research provides more conclusive evidence that the body requires a balanced lifestyle, of which the cornerstone should be a healthy, nutritious diet.

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