Who says medicine has to taste like… well… medicine?
It seems like the drug industry does. They may not have invented all the worst flavors. But they sure did perfect a few of them.
No one knows that better than folks taking meds for asthma.
The inhaled drugs can leave a weird lingering flavor in your mouth that can spoil your meals. And the asthma drugs you swallow can mess with your taste buds too, leaving behind bitter flavors and dry mouth.
But you don’t have to put up with off-tastes, messed-up meals, or dry mouth. Because the latest research reveals how the BEST treatment for asthma just might turn out to be some of your FAVORITE foods.
The delicious secret to easing asthma
You know the old saying about food being the best medicine? Well, in the case of asthma, that very well may turn out to be true.
People with asthma have long known that certain foods seem to make it worse. And avoiding them can lead to better control over the notorious symptoms.
But now, a new animal study finds that sticking to one particular – and very delicious – diet style can deliver real relief for many asthma sufferers.
Eat more fresh proteins… more foods like steak and eggs or bacon and cheese. And pass on the carbs and refined foods.
Stick to it, and you won’t just eat better and more filling meals. You could literally breathe easier, too, according to new research out of Germany.
The study on mice finds a ketogenic diet – basically a low-carb diet – helped to significantly reduce inflammation of the respiratory tract. And that, naturally, led to better control of asthma symptoms.
The researchers believe this diet cut the activity of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs).
These cells typically activate the inflammation needed to repair mucus membranes. But in asthma, they can go into overdrive. And that can lead to too much inflammation in those areas, which in turn can trigger a flare-up.
Keto packs bunches of benefits
This was a study on mice, mind you, not people. We need more research to see if this same dietary approach reduces asthma attacks and eases symptoms in humans in the same way.
But there’s no risk in giving it a shot. Just the opposite, in fact.
The keto diet is known for helping to speed weight loss, increase energy, and improve sleep over the long term. Plus, for folks who stick to it as a lifestyle, it could help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and more.
The only “catch,” of course, is that you can’t replace your asthma meds with a steak. If only it were that easy.
If you’re taking meds, you should keep taking them. And if you carry a rescue inhaler, you should always have it on you.
But over time, if you can improve your symptoms naturally and reduce the number of asthma flare-ups, you may be able to talk to your doc about stepping down from your meds, cutting the dose, or even eliminating them altogether so that all you need is that rescue inhaler.