Asthma is caused by a variety of factors such as weather conditions, dust, pollen, animal hair and certain foods.
Foods that may cause asthma are wheat, eggs, milk, chocolates, beans, potatoes and fish. A child with low immunity levels along with a poor or faulty diet is likely to contract asthma.
A vegetarian diet is best for an asthmatic child. It should contain limited quantity of carbohydrates, fats and protein which are acid forming. Throw in a generous amount of fruits, green vegetables and sprouted seeds into your child’s diet.
Breakfast: Seven almonds soaked overnight in water with honey mixed in warm water, fresh fruits, dates or figs (soaked), wholewheat bread toast and one cup of soya milk with honey.
- Mid-morning: Grape/apple juice.
- Lunch: Lots of lightly cooked vegetables with wholewheat chapattis.
- Evening: Steamed sprouts and wholewheat toast with tofu and ginger tea with honey.
Dinner: One big bowl of hot soup with lots of shredded vegetables or one big bowl of salad.
Points to remember
Avoid feeding the child with foods that may form phlegm e.g. rice, sugar, lentils, curds, fried foods and snacks.
- Avoid fizzy drinks, pickles, sauces and refined foods.
- Substitute milk with soya milk and tofu.
- During the day, give your child eight to 10 glasses of warm water.
- Sometimes, asthma is caused by a vitamin B6 deficiency. A supplement of B6 may be helpful.
- Do not expose the child to sudden fluctuations of temperature and climactic extremes.
Besides a planned diet, teach your child some deep breathing exercises to expand lung-power.