Vitamins can also make a difference. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to an increased risk of asthma attacks in children and adults. You can get vitamin D from milk, salmon, orange, juice, and eggs.
Vitamin E is another vitamin that can help with asthma symptoms. It has a compound called tocopherol, which may decrease the risk of some symptoms like coughing or wheezing. You can get vitamin E from foods such as almonds, raw seeds, Swiss chard, mustard greens, kale, broccoli and hazelnuts.
Some foods can make asthma symptoms worse. Sulfites may cause an adverse reaction or trigger asthma symptoms. They can be found in many preserved foods such as dried fruits, pickled food, shrimp, bottled lemon or lime juice, and wine. Foods that cause gas or bloating can also trigger asthma flare-ups. Before making any dietary changes, talk to your doctor about whether it may be right for you.
Many people with asthma turn to breathing exercises to help with body and mind. They may help manage certain triggers like emotional distress. However, studies indicate that, though breathing exercises can improve stress levels, they have not been shown to make a difference in terms of asthma symptom control.
While people who get acupuncture may experience improvements in stress levels, there is little evidence to suggest that acupuncture can improve lung function and asthma symptoms.
Herbal treatments have been used for a long time to treat a variety of medical conditions. Unfortunately, there's little to no evidence to support that herbal treatments can help treat asthma.
If you’re thinking about exploring natural remedies, the first step is to talk to your doctor. Be sure to tell them about all your symptoms and your concerns. Together, you can find management strategies that work for you.