Foods to Fight Asthma and Allergies—What Works and What Doesn’t
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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