Home Remedies for Breathing Problems

Aug 31, 2019

A person who runs short of breath has trouble inhaling and exhaling or feels the insufficiency of oxygen, can be termed to have a breathing problem. Difficulty in breathing indicates a medical condition. So, it is crucial to investigate the diet we intake. Daily control of the food is vital in living an active and productive life. There are many causes leading to breathing problems, such as cold, sinusitis, allergies, and asthma. These problems display a variety of symptoms, such as nasal congestion, cough, wheezing, chest congestion, etc. The allergens causing breathing problems enter the lungs through the nasal passage.

Healthy eating for breathing problems

It is a known fact that healthy eating contributes to the healthy airway. An antioxidant-rich diet helps to reduce breathing problems and improves lung function. An antioxidant-rich diet includes platefuls of vegetables and fruits every day. Physical activity and a healthy diet are the two important factors to overcome breathing problems, including:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (especially orange in colour).
  • Wholegrain rather than bread, breakfast cereals, noodles, pasta, and rice.
  • Lean meats, poultry, fish, seeds, and legumes.
  • A variety of dairy products.


Food and ingredients to get rid of breathing problems

Certain ingredients and food habits help one to overcome breathing problems. Let’s have a look at such food ingredients.

Research shows that caffeine acts as a bronchodilator and releases the tight airways. This makes it easier to breathe, reducing respiratory muscle fatigue. However, too much intake increases the heart rate.

Ginger relaxes the airway muscles and regulates the calcium uptake levels which decreases the asthma attack. Eat fresh ginger or mix hot water, honey, and ginger and consume as a drink. This reduces shortness of breath instigated by a respiratory infection caused by the respiratory syncytial virus.

Study proves that drinking apple juice once a day reduces wheezing problems. Also, expectant mothers who eat apples tend to prevent asthma and wheezing in their new-born child. Apples are rich in vitamin E, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and vitamin C that reduce inflammation in the air passageways.
Olive oil

Olive oil is an antioxidant and the fats in olive oil play a vital role in the health of the lungs. It helps to fight the primary effects of pollutants and fights air pollution issues like an increase in blood pressure and damaged blood vessel. These reduce the supply of oxygen and make the heart pump faster which makes the breathing process difficult.

The fatty acids and omega-3 in salmon is an antioxidant powerhouse which fights bacteria and reduces inflammation in the lungs.
Green tea

Green tea calms the body with its antioxidant content. It decreases inflammation and promotes better healing. It inhibits the release of inflammatory chemicals that causes allergy and soothes the throat by degrading the mucus.

Seeds are tiny plus mighty tools in acquiring lung health. Seeds of pumpkin, sunflower, and flax provide the required amount of magnesium which helps the airway muscles to relax and reduce inflammation.
Orange fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables, especially of orange colours, such as pumpkin, carrot, orange, and papaya are full of antioxidants. They are rich in vitamin C which is well recognized for fighting infections and inflammation.

Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce damage caused by free radicals. People who consume three cloves of raw garlic twice a week are less likely to develop lung cancer. Crush three cloves of garlic, add them to lukewarm water and consume it.

Avocado has high levels of L-glutathione that protect the cells from free radical damage. It is a rich source of antioxidants and can be taken with any of the diet elements.

Intake of honey mixed in warm water removes phlegm from the throat and treats the symptoms of asthma. It reduces cholesterol levels, prevents gingivitis, and digests pre-accumulated fat.

Kale is rich in vitamin C which decreases muscle contraction in the airway passages. It is also loaded with vitamin A, vitamin K, and manganese.

Spinach is considered one of the superfoods due to higher amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium stuffed in it.

Banana is a rich source of potassium and fibber. One banana per day reduces the asthmatic symptoms and prevents the formation of free radicals. It also lowers blood pressure and fights cancer.

Water vapor deficiency in the lungs causes the airways to constrict. This forms the mucus which increases the asthma attacks and similar symptoms. So, it is recommended to keep the body hydrated. Water also plays a huge role in the cleansing of body toxins. Pure and clean water is essential to keep blood flowing to and from the lungs.

Pomegranate juice decelerates the growth of lung tumours. Pomegranates contain several antioxidants and ellagic acid which has gained strides in the research of cancer.

Turmeric is often related to ginger because they have the same properties and benefits. It comprises of curcumin which boosts the body to self-destruct cancer cells.
Bell peppers

The bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, and lutein. It is proven that carotenoids reduce the risks of developing lung cancer.

Food to avoid if facing breathing problems

Healthy-eating can sometimes be tough. For people with chronic lung diseases, certain foods trigger symptoms or flare-ups. So, before food intake, one needs to know which foods to avoid for people with breathing problems. Here is a list of items one needs to avoid.

  • Cold cuts – Preserved meats contain additives known as nitrates. Packing companies add nitrates to the meat for better colour and extended shelf life.
  • Excessive salt – Salt makes people retain water and excessive water in the body can cause breathing problems.
  • Dairy products – Milk is filled with calcium and is considered nutritious but it comprises of casomorphin, which increases mucus content in the intestines.
  • Fried food – Fried food causes swelling and discomfort by pushing on the diaphragm, making it difficult to breathe. Excessive consumption of fried food causes weight gain, which increases pressure on the lungs. They are full of unsaturated fats, raise bad cholesterol, and increase the risk of heart diseases.
  • Carbonated beverages – Carbonated beverages, such as sodas, are filled with sugar (artificial sweetners), calories, and lots of carbon. They increase swelling and contribute to dehydration.
  • Acidic foods and drinks – Over consumption acidic food and drinks affects the valve at the end of the esophagus which closes and opens often. If it stops functioning, stomach acid moves into the esophagus. This creates heartburn and in turn, acid reflux disease.

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