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Foods to Fight Asthma and Allergies—What Works and What Doesn’t (Page 5)

Easing Up on Salt to Reduce Asthma Symptoms?

Easing Up on Salt to Reduce Asthma Symptoms? Can’t Hurt.

Since the 1930s, research has linked a high-salt diet with worsened asthma symptoms in children. More recently, promising research indicates that following a low-sodium diet may lessen asthmatic symptoms in people with exercise-induced asthma. A 2010 review article on the topic, published in the journal The Physician and Sports Medicine, concluded that, since a low-sodium diet has other health benefits (namely those related to heart health), it may be considered a therapeutic option that might complement, but not replace, medication to manage asthma. One easy way to cut back: avoid processed/packaged foods, which tend to deliver big hits of sodium.

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