Earn your plant-based nutrition certificate Learn more. After eight weeks, blood markers of allergic response and inflammation were lower among the 13 children restricting eggs and milk. Of the more than scientific studies that the researchers reviewed, one of the earliest was a study from Sweden. It seems that as well as avoiding dairy, including lots of fresh fruit and veg in your diet also helps reduce asthma symptoms; so we can easily surmise that a whole food, plant-based diet would be your best bet for improving asthma, and maybe never suffering from it again. After a year I was doing half marathon distances. Medically reviewed by Femi Aremu, PharmD. November 22, — Updated January 2nd, Diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes and minimize saturated fat reduce the risk for asthma and may improve asthma control.
I previously discussed the power of fruits and vegetables to help prevent and treat asthma and allergies. If adding a few more servings of fruits and vegetables may help asthma, what about a diet centered around plants? Twenty patients with allergic eczema were placed on a vegetarian diet. At the end of two months, their disease scores, which covered both subjective and objective signs and symptoms, were cut in half, similar to what we might see using one of our most powerful drugs. The drug works much quicker, within about two weeks, but since drugs can often include dangerous side effects the dietary option is more attractive. This was no ordinary vegetarian diet, however. This was an in-patient study using an extremely calorically-restricted diet—the subjects were practically half fasting. What about using a more conventional plant-based diet against a different allergic disease, asthma? In Sweden, there was an active health movement that claimed that a vegan diet could improve or cure asthma. The researchers found quite a sick group to follow. The thirty-five patients had long-established, hospital-verified bronchial asthma for an average duration of a dozen years. Of the 35 patients, 20 had been admitted to the hospital for acute asthmatic attacks during the last two years.
Live a healthier lifestyle with science-based information and how-to advice delivered straight to your inbox. Please verify that you are human by clicking the “I am not a robot checkbox”. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. My journey to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle was not a straight line from A to Z. At the age of 23, after a lifetime suffering from severe eczema followed by asthma in my early 20s and a constant struggle to lose weight, I somehow lost my diet mentality and got interested in nourishing my body. Without understanding what I was really doing, I simply began eating more vegetables, and before I knew it, I was no longer eating meat or dairy. At this point, I just thought that meat and dairy simply did not agree with me. However, when life got busy, it became easy for me to allow others to prepare my food, and I found myself back to eating the standard Irish diet not too different from the standard American diet. My body seemed to accept it for a little while, but then—bang! This time I took it seriously and decided I needed to find out what was really going on inside my body. I am so grateful that by chance I stumbled upon The China Study.