There is no end to the woes of asthma, it disturbs your nights, your days, and almost every other part of your daily lives.
As per WHO statistics, an estimated 262 million people suffer from the effects of asthma disease in 2019. An increase in environmental pollution, allergens, and adulteration levels in food has resulted in widespread asthma. Apart from that, high-stress levels and overly demanding professional lives have left little room for people to take care of themselves.
However, experts in all medical domains are of the opinion that a healthy and supervised diet can play a key role in the management of asthma.
Whether you are undergoing allopathic or asthma treatment in Ayurveda, your diet can make or break the course of your recovery from this disease.
In this article, we will be taking an Ayurvedic point of view on how diet can play a key role in the recovery and prevention of asthma symptoms and effects.
What Kind Of Diet Chart Is Recommended For Asthma Patients Under Ayurveda?
Here is an easy diet chart that is suggested for healthy management of Asthma by the Asthma treatment in Ayurveda:
- Early Morning: Start your day with a lukewarm glass of water after completing your morning ablutions. For a better effect, you can always add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in fighting the effects of cold and asthma triggers. It also improves digestion and helps rid excess Kapha accumulated in the chest.
- Breakfast: Go for whole grains like vegetable Dalia, vegetable Upma, vegetable Poha, Missi roti, gram flour chilla, chapati with a bowl of dal, veg oats, and so on. Light breakfast keeps digestion intact and prevents the accumulation of any kind of endotoxins. It also brings down the effects of Kapha dosha.
- Mid-Morning: It is the best time to intake fruits. Asthma patients should refrain from consuming cold-enhancing fruits like refrigerated fruits during monsoons and winters.
- Lunch: A normal veg lunch without any gravy or heavy vegetables is best and most recommended for asthma patients. Chapati with any green vegetable, salad, and dal is an ideal meal that keeps you full, hydrated, and nutritional rich for as long as possible.
- Evening: Herbal tea or ginger tea with some rice flak snacks, roasted chickpea, some homemade soup, or sprouts. They prevent hunger pangs and strengthen your system while keeping you hydrated and warm.
- Dinner: The same as lunch but make sure you add more fibrous veggies than any dry or constipating edibles. It prevents the accumulation of any kind of endotoxins.
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Important Diet Instructions
- Asthma patients need to consume higher quantities of cereals like millets, barley, porridge, whole grain cereals, and so on. It keeps the digestive system functional and saves the inner systems from the accumulation of endotoxins which are one of the biggest causes of asthma. However, the patient must avoid a few specific kinds of cereals like gram flour, refined sugar, white rice, and whole refined flour. All of these increase Kapha which paves way for asthma symptoms.
- As for fruits, the patient should consume dried fruits, pomegranate, muskmelon, papaya, sugar cane, pear, and apple. But they should Kapha aggravate fruits like grapes, oranges, peaches, apricot, all citrus fruits, custard apple, and all kind of berries. Fruits are good for the health of a normal and healthy person too.
- Vegetables like bottle gourd, bitter gourd, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, peas, radish, cauliflower, carrot, cabbage, boiled potatoes, and capsicum are considered exceptionally healthy and beneficial for asthma patients. On the other hand, canned vegetables, dried vegetables, okra, onions, taro roots, and eggplants are considered harmful and asthma aggravating vegetables that should be avoided at all costs.
- All kinds of pulses are a must for asthma patients but with moderate spices and less oil. But keeping control of the intake of kidney beans and black lentils is limited as they increase Kapha and pitta dosha which results in asthma symptoms.
- Lastly, dairy products should be consumed in with caution. Cow’s milk is considered highly beneficial and medicinal for asthma symptoms and effects however the patients should avoid processed milk products like condensed milk, buttermilk, cheese, ice cream, curd, and so on. All these products increase Kapha and may lead to an unwarranted asthma attack.
The overall conclusion of this article is to spread awareness in our society, that Ayurveda has the power to cure diseases that modern medical technologies don’t cure completely.
Ayurveda treats all diseases with natural or organic herbs and uses natural treatment practices. The asthma treatment in Ayurveda avoids side effects from medicines and provides a completely side-effect-free treatment for the patients.
In ayurvedic treatment for asthma, we can simply make changes in our diet and get the proper asthma treatment.
About The Author:
Dr. Dinesh Sharma is a founder of Prakash Netralaya and Panchkarma Kendra, an ayurvedic eye and general hospital situated in Jaipur, Rajasthan.