What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition in which the air passages in the lungs narrow due to inflammation and tightening of the muscles. This condition can make breathing difficult, causing coughing, whistling (wheezing) when one exhales, and shortness of breath. Several factors, such as cold, dust, allergies, smoke, and sudden weather changes, can trigger it.
Living with Asthma
While asthma may cause minor inconveniences for some people, it can be severe or even life-threatening for others. Some people experience asthma symptoms occasionally, while others experience severe symptoms that interfere with their daily lives.
Even though you always need to be prepared for an asthma attack, you don’t have to give up on living a happy life.
Maintaining a normal and healthy lifestyle requires taking your asthma medication as prescribed, avoiding triggers, and going for medical checkups. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids in fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines, vitamin D-rich foods like milk and eggs, and nuts like almonds and hazelnuts may help decrease asthma symptoms. Regular aerobic exercises like walking help to improve lung health, increase endurance and stamina, and reduce airway inflammation. One can determine how much and what exercises to do with the help of their doctor or physical therapist.
Before making decisions regarding diet, exercise, or general lifestyle choices, consult your doctor.