Asthma – Dietary recommendation

Diet for Asthama Food qualities to reduce: cold, dry & heavy. Best Taste: Sweet, bitter & pungent in small amounts Worst 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.
Avoid Buckwheat, 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.
Best Skimmed milk, goats milk.
Small Amounts ghee (clarified butter)
Avoid Ice 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.
Best maltose, maple syrup, maple sugar, rice syrup
Small Amounts Date 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.
Best Olive Oil, canola oil
Avoid Corn oil, Vegetable oil, Peanut Oil
Fruit: Fruit is best when it is sweet. Sour fruits must be avoided.
Best Sweet fruits Apricots, avocado, dates, grapes, sweet limes, mango, peaches, pears, , plums (sweet), pomegranate, ,  raisins,
Small Amounts Apples, Papaya, plums (sweet), musk melon, black grapes
Avoid Sour Fruits Cherries (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.
Best Artichoke (with oily dressing), avocado, cilantro, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, okra, onion (cooked), potato, pumpkin, squash (acorn, winter, crook neck, zucchini etc.), asparagus, carrot
Small Amounts Alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, beet, bell pepper, bitter melon, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, cauliflower, Mushrooms, mustard greens, parsley, hot peppers (Sour), turnips
Avoid Brussels 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.
Best none
Small Amount Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew, lotus seeds, macadamia, pecans, pine. Pistachio (non salted), pumpkin seeds
Avoid Peanuts
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..
Best None
Avoid Shell 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.
Best Mung beans,
Small Amounts Aduki beans, black gram, kidney, black lentils, pinto, soy beans, tofu.
Avoid Red 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.
Best Bay leaf, chamomile, cardamom, cilantro, cumin, coriander, dill, Fennel, rosemary, saffron, spearmint, turmeric, ginger (fresh), cinnamon, garlic (raw).
Small Amounts Anise, basil, fenugreek, ginger (fresh), marjoram, nutmeg, Oregano, sage, salt, star anise, thyme, cloves.
Avoid Asafoetida, black pepper, cayenne, horseradish, hot mustard
Best None
Small Amounts Mayonnaise
Avoid Chocolate, vinegar, tamarind
Beverages: These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never ice cold.
Best mild spice teas, milk, hot water
Small Amounts Above listed fresh fruit juices (diluted), tea ( green)
Avoid Alcohol, 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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