While no specific food can spur or prevent an asthma attack (unless you are among the 5 percent of asthmatics who also have food allergies), your diet is important as a means of controlling two other conditions that contribute to and worsen asthma: obesity and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Blame It on the Belly Fat
Being overweight is more than a cosmetic problem — especially if you have asthma. In addition to making you more prone to heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer, those extra pounds specifically make asthma both more severe and harder to treat.
Researchers are more certain of the cure (lose the extra weight) than the cause, but theories center around the fat in the center cavity of your body.
Visceral fat — the stuff that gathers around your intestines — produces hormones such as leptin that may encourage the lining of your lungs to become inflamed (these hormones also contribute to inflammation in the rest of your body, upping the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers).
Give Yourself Room to Breathe
The good news: Research shows that losing weight can improve your condition. Additionally, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight reduces your chances of diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Here, some ways to start eating to breathe easier:
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