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Do Your Bit | World Asthma Day 2018

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World Asthma Day – a time when people are made more aware of Asthma and how it can be prevented/managed with the support/lifestyle changes available. There are bunch of initiatives undertaken every year by the government to prevent and control the disease -
  • Free check up camps across cities
  • New Asthma clinics and pharmacies
  • Asthma awareness posters and banners put up in public places
We speak about the disease and it’s causes every year in hope of reducing our risk towards this chronic disease. Yet, the statistics show us the sad state of affairs.
According to WHO about 235 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and this number is expected to increase by 100 million by 2025.
While medicine and treatment will help control the effects and manage the disease well, there needs to be a simultaneous lifestyle shift as well. Some things you can do yourself as prevention- we believe that, like all changes, this one should begin from home. Start small, but start now.
  • Follow a regular fitness program (Consult your physician before doing so if you suffer from asthma)
  • Try to control your weight. Obesity makes it difficult to control the symptoms
  • Manage stress. Try meditating or some simple deep breathing exercises
  • Avoid using scented candles at home
  • Open windows and doors regularly for better ventilation
  • Adopt air-purifying plants and keep them in your house, building or the entire society!
As we all know Asthma is more of a lifestyle disease. Most of the initiatives that are suggested will be a step in the right direction for the environment as well. Lesser pollution would mean better air to breathe. Taking small steps like conserving electricity or trying to carpool whenever we can or simply turning off our car engines when we’e standing at a red light would go a long way in solving some of our woes. The issue is, we all know this – but we all need to start practicing it now.

We’ve put together a list of some Super foods {You know where to get them ;)} that will help you combat the disease too!

Broccoli
This green, exotic cousin of Cauliflower contains Sulforaphane which helps the body to fight against respiratory inflammation caused during asthma.

We’ve picked out some fun ways to add Broccoli to your diet. Some of these recipes look super fun to try. (Link - https://www.thekitchn.com/20-ways-to-eat-more-broccoli-tonight-237483)
If you’re a 90s kid you will be aware of the benefits of spinach due to the famous cartoon series “Popeye”.

Well, it could be said that spinach plays a similar role for asthmatics too! It is a good source of Folic acid which is found to be deficient in patients suffering from respiratory allergies.

 Add Spinach to your diet to ensure you’re healthier to be able to ward off Asthma.
It could be considered as one of the best natural remedy for asthma. Flaxseed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3-fatty acid.

This has the capability to reduce the production of leukotrienes which are the major factors responsible to trigger inflammatory responses in case of asthma.

Flax Seed oil is extremely versatile. It can be used in place of other oils in dips, salad dressings and sauces. You can also add the oil to your smoothies or eat the seeds raw.

Turmeric
Remember how are parents kept talking about turmeric and it’s benefits and we kept running away from it? Turns out they were right (mostly how things turn out).

Turmeric, the ayurvedic wonder, has a pigment known as curcumin which renders it the medicinal properties. Curcumin helps in alleviating the pathological changes in asthma.

Turmeric is again quite versatile- it can be sprinkled on your greens to add some flavour or a dash of turmeric can bring colour and mild flavour to a pot of plain rice.
Kale is part of the cabbage family. A recent report that was conducted showed that members of this family carry anti-inflammatory properties and thus prevent the lungs from damage in case of asthma.
Kale is a great addition to your salads or you could even add it to your smoothie or fresh juice.

Avocado
This superfood has multiple reasons to be in your diet. Here is another one – Avocados contain an antioxidant called glutathione, which guards your lungs against airway stress and tissue damage. On top of that, they’re packed with heart-healthy fats, which can lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol levels.

There are some food items that you should avoid as much as you can as they’re triggers for the disease:

  • Skip fast food
    An international study of nearly 2 million children observed a link between fast food consumption and asthma risk
  • Avoid foods with artificial ingredients in the form of flavourings and chemicals
  • Try and skip wine, dried fruits as they contain sulfites, a preservative that can trigger asthma attacks. Instant potato snacks and soups also have the same preservative.
We did a quick vlog for our followers thanks to Jai Dhar, founder of Nirvana Being. He briefly speaks about Asthma’s major impact on kids and the precautions one should and can take for these school goers. Have a look here - https://www.facebook.com/ISayOrganic/videos/1680108335377646/

Share your tips and tricks with us to combat the disease. You can write to us at hello@isayorganic.com with the subject “Beat Asthma” or simply tag us (@isayorganic) on your desired social media platform. We would love to feature you!

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