Your Choices and Your Asthma Symptoms
People with asthma need to make a number of changes to their lifestyle to control the worst of their symptoms. If you have asthma, here are some key lifestyle habits that require your attention:
Smoking is the worst thing you can do if you have asthma. It reduces the efficacy of asthma medications, and children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop asthma. Therefore, quit cigarettes ASAP and avoid smoky environments as best as you can.
Excess body weight applies pressure to the ribcage and lungs, which strains breathing even more. People with asthma often find their medications work better after they reach a healthy body mass index.
Aerobic exercise can do a lot to help healthy lung function; therefore, people with asthma should exercise regularly. Do not give up a workout routine because of asthma; just be careful when exercising outside and keep an inhaler ready.
A lot of prepackaged and take-out foods have known asthma triggers in their ingredients. Cook at home and fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
Asthma attacks and stress go hand in hand, with each symptom triggering the other. Formulate an asthma action plan, so you are prepared for an asthma attack. Also try relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, yoga and meditation.
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