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Diet Chart for Childhood Asthma

It is chronic inflammation of airways of the lungs. This inflammation cause more mucus production and difficulty in breathing. There are many causes of childhood asthma include allergens, irritants, change in weather and infection, inflammation of the airways of lungs.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHILDHOOD AND ADULT ASTHMA

Children diagnose with asthma are more likely to have intermittent symptoms, though some children have daily symptoms as well. Children are typically more sensitive to allergens and more prone to an asthma attack because their bodies are still developing. In adults, symptoms are typically persistent. Daily treatment is often required in order to keep asthma symptoms and flare-ups under control.

Eat diet rich in Vitamin A, D and Magnesium. Due to bronchodilating and anti – inflammatory properties of magnesium it is good for asthma. Obesity is linked with asthma so maintain ideal body weight and avoid junk food. Avoid taking food which may trigger the resymptoms of the disease.

Childhood Asthma diet chart

DIET CHART FOR CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

EARLY-MORNING

A glass of like warm water + 3 soaked almonds / Fenugreek water

BREAKFAST

Vegetable Dalia / Broken wheat porridge / Veg Semolina (veg upma) / Veg Vermicelli / Veg poha (Rice flakes) / Veg Idli / Brown Bread Sandwich / Semolina pancake / Veg Oats / Besan pancake (gram flour) / Missi Roti / Stuffed Chapatti / Chapatti with Veg or Dal / 1 egg white only

MID-MORNING

Fruit/ Vegetable juice / Coconut water

LUNCH

Chapatti + Vegetable + Dal + salad

EVENING TIME

Herbal tea / Green tea / Sprouts / Roasted Chickpea / Rice flake Snack / Homemade soup

DINNER

Chapatti + Vegetable + Dal + Salad

DIET INSTRUCTIONS

CEREALS

Cereals to be consumed

Whole wheat flour, Oatmeal, Whole bread, Whole grains cereals, Porridge, Oats

Cereals to be avoided

White Rice, Whole refined flour and its products, Refined sugar, Noodles, Pasta, Macaroni, Brown rice, Maggie, Corns, Salty biscuits

FRUITS

Fruits to be consumed

Apple, Pear, Sugar cane, Papaya, Water melon, Musk melon, Pomegranate, Banana (limited)

Fruits to be avoided

Apricot, Peaches, Orange, Grapes, All Berries, Dried Fruits and All citrus fruits

VEGETABLES

Vegetables to be consumed

All seasonal vegetables except some.

Vegetables to be avoided

Okra, Eggplant, Beans, Potato, Taro roots, Mushroom, Beans, Cabbage, Onions, Garlic, Dried and Canned vegetable

PULSES

Pulses to be consumed

All Pulses

Pulses to be avoided

Frozen pulses, Soy and its products

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy Products to be consumed

Nil

Dairy Products to be avoided

Milk and its products, Cheese, Buttermilk, Condensed milk

SPICES

Spices to be consumed

Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander Fenugreek, Fennel, Pepper, Salt (limited)

Spices to be avoided

Green chili, Red chili, Cloves, Garlic

DRINKS

Drinks to be consumed

Coconut water, Clear soups, Sugarcane juice, Herbal tea, Beetroot juice, Bitter gourd juice, gooseberry juice, pumpkin juice

Drinks to be avoided

Alcohol, High fat milk, Processed and canned drinks, carbonated drinks, Tea, Coffee

FLESH FOODS

Flesh Foods to be consumed

Egg white portion only (occasionally)

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Raw, Uncooked and Processed meat, fish especially Selfish, Shark, Swordfish, Tuna and Marlin, clams, Mussels, Oysters and Scallops, Meat patties, Burgers, Pork, Organ meat, Liver, Kidney, Chest, Red meat, Prawns, Lobster, Crab, Lean beef, Lamb, Ham, Turkey, Rabbit, Sausages, Mutton, Salami, Bacon, Duck, Goose, Visible fat on meat

SEEDS AND DRY FRUITS

Dry Fruits to be consumed

Flaxseed- ½, Sunflower seeds- 1 tsp (per day), 1 Walnuts, 5 Almonds and 5 Raisins (soaked)

Dry Fruits to be avoided

Cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, Peanuts, Pistachios

OILS

Oils to be consumed

Cow ghee, Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Mustard oil

Oils to be avoided

Unsaturated fats, Cream, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Butter, Hydrogenated oil

OTHER FOODS

Other Foods to be consumed

Home made only

Other Foods to be avoided

Pastry, Puddings, Packed soups, High fat dressing or mayonnaise, Cream soups, Chocolate, Fudge, Butter scotch, Coconut bar, All fried foods, Junk foods, Sauces etc. Peanut butter, Fruit jellies, Jams, Refined sugar, Marmalade, Sweeteners, Chutneys, Pickle, Ice-cream, Sauces, Peanuts etc.

LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY TIPS

  • Be physically active
  • Maintain the proper hygiene
  • Pranayama and meditation is recommended.
  • Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices.
  • Skipping of meals should be avoided especially breakfast.
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetable should be consumed.
  • Water intake should be proper
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