Asthma – Dietary recommendation

Diet for AsthamaFood qualities to reduce: cold, dry & heavy.Best Taste: Sweet, bitter & pungent in small amountsWorst Taste: Salty, Sour & astringent.FOOD GROUPS:Grains: It is best to eat these as cooked grains.
Best (Daily)Wheat, porridge (with water), white rice.
Small Amounts rice (brown or white, short or long grain), millet, rye, couscous.
AvoidBuckwheat, corn flour products, dry oats, cereals, muesli
Dairy:  Best to use raw or organic milk .It should be taken warm, with small amount of cardamom, also try not to eat anything at least half an hour before & after milk.
BestSkimmed milk, goats milk.
Small Amountsghee (clarified butter)
AvoidIce cream, frozen yogurt, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, hard cheeses, margarine, peanut butter, Plain Cow Butter, whey, goats cheese, tofu/bean curd, paneer.
Sweeteners: Over use of any sweetener will eventually cause an imbalance.
Bestmaltose, maple syrup, maple sugar, rice syrup
Small AmountsDate sugar, dextrose, fructose, grape sugar, molasses, Honey, White Sugar
Oils: Oils are very important. They alleviate dryness and are generally heavy and nourishing, so should be used in less quantity.
BestOlive Oil, canola oil
AvoidCorn oil, Vegetable oil, Peanut Oil
Fruit: Fruit is best when it is sweet. Sour fruits must be avoided.
Best Sweet fruitsApricots, avocado, dates, grapes, sweet limes, mango, peaches, pears, , plums (sweet), pomegranate, ,  raisins,
Small AmountsApples, Papaya, plums (sweet), musk melon, black grapes
Avoid Sour FruitsCherries (sour), dry fruit, pineapples (sour), plums (sour), oranges (sour), Papaya, Coconut, watermelon, bananas
Vegetables: Cooked vegetables are best as they are more nourishing and easier to digest.
BestArtichoke (with oily dressing), avocado, cilantro, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, okra, onion (cooked), potato, pumpkin, squash (acorn, winter, crook neck, zucchini etc.), asparagus, carrot
Small AmountsAlfalfa sprouts, asparagus, beet, bell pepper, bitter melon, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, cauliflower,Mushrooms, mustard greens, parsley, hot peppers(Sour), turnips
AvoidBrussels sprouts, chillies, hot peppers, radishes, raw onion, tomato ketchup, snow peas, chick peas, tomato, peas (sweet), spinach
Nuts & Seeds: These should be eaten lightly dry roasted to assist digestion and only lightly salted, if at all. Nut butters, except for peanut, may also be eaten.
Small AmountAlmonds, Brazil nuts, cashew, lotus seeds, macadamia, pecans, pine. Pistachio (non salted), pumpkin seeds
Meats: Repeated research shows that plant based diets are healthier than meat based diets and prevent many diseases. Ayurveda and Yoga emphasize a vegetarian diet..
AvoidShell fish, lobster, oysters, prawns, turkey, beef, pork, all sea food.
Legumes: Those listed in small amounts are best as a dhal or as a spread with added spices. When digestion is weak or constipation present, even those beans listed under small amounts should be avoided.
BestMung beans,
Small AmountsAduki beans, black gram, kidney, black lentils, pinto, soy beans, tofu.
AvoidRed and yellow lentils, Fava, chick peas.
Spices: Spices aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as improve flavour. Food should have an overall spicing effect of being warming but not hot. It is the overall effect of spicing that is most important and not the individual spice used. Food should never be bland.
BestBay leaf, chamomile, cardamom, cilantro, cumin, coriander, dill, Fennel, rosemary, saffron, spearmint, turmeric, ginger (fresh), cinnamon, garlic (raw).
Small AmountsAnise, basil, fenugreek, ginger (fresh), marjoram, nutmeg, Oregano, sage, salt, star anise, thyme, cloves.
AvoidAsafoetida, black pepper, cayenne, horseradish, hot mustard
Small AmountsMayonnaise
AvoidChocolate, vinegar, tamarind
Beverages: These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never ice cold.
Bestmild spice teas, milk, hot water
Small AmountsAbove listed fresh fruit juices (diluted), tea ( green)
AvoidAlcohol, carrot juice (undiluted), coffee (caffeinated & decaffeinated), soft drinks, sweet fruit juices (undiluted), tomato juice, vegetable juices (green), fish, yogurt & bread.
Disclaimer: We have taken utmost effort whilst recommending dietary changes, various Yoga positions, breathing techniques, stretches and other exercises. However for the best advice we recommend you to consult our Ayurvedic physician if you have multiple health issues.

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