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10 Nutritious Foods That Help Reduce Asthma Attacks & Boost Your Health

10 Nutritious Foods That Help Reduce Asthma Attacks & Boost Your Health

Over 25 million Americans are affected by asthma, one of the most common allergy-triggered diseases of our time. By incorporating these anti-asthma super foods into your diet, you may be able to reduce unexpected asthma attacks.

Here are 10 amazing asthma-friendly foods that boost your health.

Studies show that apples possess anti-asthmatic properties. One study revealed that drinking apple juice could reduce the chance of wheezing by up to 50%. Apples provide many beneficial effects that may be linked to their high concentration of quercetin, known to possess strong antioxidant, anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory properties. But be sure to buy organic, as apples are among the worst culprits for pesticide-laden foods.

Other quercertin-rich foods include yellow and red onions, capers, broccoli, lovage, red grapes, cherries, citrus fruits, tea, and many berries, including lingonberries, raspberries, and cranberries

Avocado are listed as one of the healthiest foods to eat, thanks to their high concentration of L-glutathione. They are an amazing anti-asthma food that helps protect cells from free radical damage. Avocados also detoxify the body of harmful substances like pollutants, and enable other antioxidants to function. The L-glutathione helps fight inflammation and repair gut health.

Bananas are naturally rich in fiber, which helps prevent respiratory conditions from developing. According to a study conducted in 2011 by researchers from the Imperial College London, having just one banana a day could keep asthma away. Studies found that children who consume a single banana a day reduce their risk of developing symptoms of asthma such as wheezing by more than 30%.

Cantaloupe is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can fight free radicals and ward off lung damage. A recent study in Japan observed that preschool children with a low intake of vitamin C were more likely to suffer from asthma that those with a high intake.

Give your asthma-friendly diet a boost by adding flaxseeds to your meals. Flaxseeds are filled with asthma-relieving minerals such as magnesium and potassium as well as omega-3 fatty acids. They are also an excellent source of selenium, as just one cup provides more than 60% of the daily recommended intake.

Turmeric is an active ingredient that has proven to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients available. This yellow spice has been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine to treat asthma and other ailments. Recently, western medicine has also started to take notice of this spice, as studies reveal that turmeric contains strong anti-inflammatory properties. You can use turmeric in curry or to add flavor and color to seafood, fish, rice, meat, pasta, and vegetable dishes.

Kale is a great source of vitamin C, and this nutritional powerhouse helps block the free radicals that are responsible for sudden contractions in airway passages. Kale also contains beta-carotene, another powerful antioxidant phytochemical that is capable of relieving existing symptoms of asthma while preventing future signs of formation.

It is one of the top vegetables with the highest rating in ORAC, or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which measures the food’s ability to fight free radicals that cause constriction of airway muscles.

Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory nutrients that process through the entire body. Its root is another rich anti-asthma herb that is said to work better than antihistamine drugs like Benadryl, as it stops inflammation and clears up airways. Ginger also does not cause any harmful side effects, making it safe for you to consume with your everyday diet for good health.

A recent study involving over 68,000 women found that high spinach intake was related to a lower risk of asthma. This may be due to the high vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and magnesium content in spinach. Spinach is also high in potassium, which is said to exacerbate symptoms of asthma when deficient. Asthma is strongly related to magnesium deficiency, as treatments with magnesium have been revealed to help stop an asthma attack.

Tomatoes are known for providing lycopene, which helps alleviate symptoms of asthma. Raw tomatoes also contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, with a high amount of potassium in their calorie content.

The key to living a long, healthy life is to eat well and stay active. Add these powerful asthma-friendly foods to your diet and see how well your body starts to feel.

11 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

11 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale


If you’ve ever been to Whole Foods with me, than you KNOW that I am obsessed with SUPERFOODS!

I’m the weird dude that smells like essential oils and has a cart full of foods that most people have never even heard of.

True story, last time I was in whole foods – the women in the superfood isle called 3 other people into the department to listen to what I had to say about changing your body’s electromagnetic field through high vibing food!

Why I love Superfoods

Currently, you and I are living in a toxic environment, my friend. Everywhere we go there are more and more toxins creeping up on us. Should you live in fear, build a giant bubble and only go outside in that plastic construct that protects you?

In studying about toxins and all the nasty things in our food and environment, it can be easy to get discouraged. Sometimes it can feel absolutely impossible to eat clean! Modern society had made cheap food convenient and healthy food something for the wealthy.

Should we be scared? Angry? Bitter? Sad? Hopeless? I don’t think so.

Mother Nature has not left us alone. She is still working hard to provide us with amazing, nutrient-dense, healing superfoods that can help protect and heal us from the toxins in our world.

I’m telling you, superfoods are some of the highest vibing food you will ever come across! If you are ready to raise your own vibes and start feeling amazing, you’ve come to the right place.

FitLife’s Top 11 Superfoods

#1 Chlorella
Chlorella

Chlorella is a single celled microalgae that is loaded with nutrients needed for many body functions. This is one of the very first super foods I ever purchased!

Daily consumption of chlorella has been linked to lowered risk of cardiovascular disease.

Some evidence shows that chlorella, which is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, may help to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia and other similar disorders like hypertension and ulcerative colitis.

Because chlorella is high in chlorophyll, it also helps to control hunger cravings, body odor, relieve swelling and redness from infections, promote cleansing and healing in the body and even protect DNA against fried foods.

#2 Moringa Leaf
Moringa Leaf

In 2007, Moringa leaf was recognized by the National Institute of Health as the Botanical of the Year! It is said to have saved more lives in Third World countries than any other plant and has potential to treat over 300 diseases.

An animal study done at the University of Allahabad showed Moringa lowers blood sugar levels by up to 29%! This puts Moringa Leaf high on the list of foods that may help those suffering from diabetes.

This superfood may also prove to have potent anti-cancer properties. A study at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute showed Moringa leaf can kill up to 93% of lung cancer cells!

Moringa leaf is also believed to boost the immune system, increase metabolism and help with weight loss, aid digestion, help with tumors and ulcers and to detoxify the kidneys and liver.

#3 Spirulina
Spirulina

Spirulina is a natural algae powder. May not look pretty but it is a nutritional monster! Spirulina is packed with chlorophyll, protein, iron, Vitamin C, D, A, E, B12, folic acid, potassium, calcium and ALL all essential amino acids!!

Studies have been done that show components in spirulina have neuroprotective benefits and may have potential as an alternative drug therapy in aging related disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Spirulina has been found to have incredibly high levels of antioxidants. It has 4 times the ORAC (or antioxidant value) of blueberries! It is a good source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA – an essential fatty acid) that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a major cause/contributor to a number of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Because of its high chlorophyll content, spirulina is a natural detoxifier and cleanser that removes foreign material (heavy metals, toxins etc.) from the body.

#4 Mint
mint leaves

Here’s a superfood you’re probably familiar with. Mint has an impressive lineup of antimicrobial, antiviral anti-tumor, anti-allergenic and antioxidant properties.

Mint is most well known for its healing effects on the digestive system. It soothes the stomach and also triggers the production of more saliva and digestive enzymes in the mouth. This helps to start the breakdown of foods before they even hit the intestines, making for more comfortable digestion.

Peppermint may help to alleviate gas and other sources of abdominal pain due to its relaxing effect on the muscles of the intestines. Some studies have found peppermint oil to be as effective as Buscopan for treating colonic spasms.

Dr. Mercola quotes several studies saying that Peppermint oil capsules are “the drug of first choice” in patients suffering from IBS.

#5 Matcha Green Tea
Organic Green Matcha Tea

A Japanese priest named Esai said of green tea: “Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” Matcha has remained a staple in sacred Japanese ceremonies for centuries.

Green Tea is is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, which reduce stress, regulate hormones and promote relaxation and mental clarity. It has long been used for weight loss and boosting the metabolism.

This superfood has particularly beneficial properties for the liver. Our liver is incredibly important as it removes toxins from the blood, regulates the composition of blood, processes nutrients and metabolizes drugs and substances like alcohol.

Matcha protects the liver from harmful chemicals, helps slow dehydration, inhibits tumor growth in the liver, protects against damage that is caused by medication, etc. The caffeine in matcha appears to help strengthen serum and membrane density in the liver.

#6 Wheatgrass
wheatgrass

Some of the most powerful animals on the planet live off a diet of mainly grass. Turns out that consuming one ounce of wheatgrass is nutritionally equivalent to eating two pounds of greens…!

Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll; a green-pigment molecule that gives plants power to absorb energy from the sun. Studies have shown that chlorophyll may help to protect DNA from toxin damage, suppress appetite, sooth infections and has powerful cleansing properties.

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass may also help those with anemia or other blood-related disorders. Animal studies have shown that administration of wheatgrass returns red cell count back to normal in animals with anemia within 4-5 days!

#7 Ashwagandha
ashwagandha herb

Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and use of the root can be traced back over 3000 years. It has been called “King and Queen of Herbs” and is esteemed very highly for its medicinal properties.

The Ashwagandha plant is a tonic and an adaptogen, which means it restores the brain and body to homeostasis after physical and psychological stress. Ashwagandha helps our bodies maintain balance and improves our ability to cope with stress.

A study published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine shows that Ashwagandha achieves a highly significant reduction in stress and anxiety, and serum cortisol levels. In fact it was able to reduce cortisol up to 27.9%!

One of my very favorite things about Ashwagandha (this blew my mind) is its ability to stimulate neurogenesis – the birth of new cells! Not very many plants out there can do this!

In human clinical trials, taking Ashwagandha by mouth for only five days suggested anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects just as strong as when taking certain pharmaceutical drugs.

#8 Turmeric
turmeric root

Turmeric is a popular spice that is widely used in India. It’s easy to use and inexpensive and my cupboards are absolutely full of it! The main ingredient found in turmeric is curcumin and most of it’s medicinal properties come from this active ingredient.

Research has linked turmeric to lower incidence of certain cancers like breast, prostate, lung and colon. Turmeric combined with onions has been shown to prevent colon cancer. A study published in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that turmeric and quercetin (found in onions) help prevent and even reduce precancerous cells in the colon. Turmeric combined with cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower is helpful in the prevention of prostate cancer.

Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for preventing and alleviating symptoms of arthritis, muscle soreness, and much more. In research studies, cucumin is comparable to anti-inflammatory prescription and over the counter drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone.

Curcumin contains potent antioxidant effects. Clinical studies conducted on curcumin have found that it is able to neutralize free radicals that in many instances cause cancer.

Besides the benefits of antioxidant properties that turmeric provides, turmeric also is great for liver detoxification and improves liver function, cardiovascular protection, reduction of cholesterol levels and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Think we’re finished with this awesome superfood yet? Think again! Studies suggest turmeric is superior to Prozac in treating depression!

#9 Lemon
lemon slices

We’re big fans of lemons here at FitLife and use them on a daily basis for their nutritional, medicinal, healing and beautifying properties. There are SO MANY THINGS you can do with lemon juice and lemon peel that I could write a long book about them all!

Although lemon is an acidic fruit, it has an alkalizing effect on the body. Lemon balances the body’s pH, which in turn protects the body from illness and disease. You see, disease CANNOT thrive in an alkaline environment!

Lemons contain powerful antibacterial and anticancer properties and are rich in vitamin C. They also help to purify your blood and clean out the kidneys.

Drinking [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”clean filtered water”] with fresh squeezed lemon every morning is an excellent and easy habit that can make a big difference in your health!

#10 Beets
organic beets

Beets are packed with potassium, iron, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, folic acid and zinc. Beet juice is high in antioxidants and known for its ability to cleanse the liver, which has many benefits to the health of your skin!

When the liver becomes overloaded with toxins, it often sends them to the skin for detoxification help. In trying to process these substances, the skin can become inflamed or irritated. So supporting the liver is vital to maintaining beautiful skin!

Beet juice has also been shown to boost stamina. A study showed athletes who drank beetroot juice could exercise 16% longer than those who didn’t. That’s pretty impressive.

Beet juice may also be a helpful tool in overcoming symptoms of leaky gut.

Don’t get stuck only using the roots – the beet greens actually contain more nutrients than the roots!

#11 Monk Fruit
Monkfruit

Did you know that monk fruit is 170% sweeter than regular sugar? Not only that but it is full of medicinal properties that have been recognized since the 13th century. It was known by Chinese monks as the longevity fruit and is believed to be a factor in their living to be over 100 years old.

Monk fruit is a powerful anti-allergenic because of its antihistamine-like effects. Histamine is also a problem in those with asthma, making this superfood beneficial on the respiratory system.

Monk fruit is also believed to sooth the digestive tract and boost the immune system.

If you are looking for that extra boost in life…

If you are wanting more energy…

If you are combating a challenging disease or illness…

I would HIGHLY recommend you turn to superfoods. They will give you the edge you need to jump to that next level of health and vitality.

If you’re busy and worried about having enough time and money to buy and make enough superfoods to keep you on top of your game, the FitLife team has created a green superfood powder with all the above listed superfoods just for you.

All you need to do is mix it with [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”filtered water”] and go!

This juice promotes neurogenesis. That’s the replication of brand new brain cells. What do you think juice like that could do for the rest of your body?

Join me for a glass of [eafl id=995 name=”Organifi Text – articleLink1″ text=”GREEN JUICE”] each day and together, we can raise the vibration of our world by doing whatever we can to be our best each day.

It starts with FOOD – it starts with YOU.

And I see you out there… and I want you to know that I am so proud of you for all the work you’re doing.

Keep it up!

Remember, we’re in this together.

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

Coconut can be an acquired taste, but it is one of the best ingredients that you can use in a smoothie recipe. This includes the use of coconut as a fruit and coconut water or milk. The coconut flesh is not often used in smoothies, yet it provides the perfect consistency for making smoothies – similar to using an avocado or a frozen banana.

By combining coconut with other tropical fruits, such as mangoes or pineapple you can make a satisfying tropical smoothie. If you are put off by coconut, maybe it will help to look over some of the benefits of consuming coconut.

vitamix coconut green smoothie

 

Coconuts contain an abundance of minerals, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous. It also contains all your B vitamins – including folate. When you drink coconut water or milk, you will also get a healthy dose of electrolytes, which are commonly used in sports drinks, due to their ability to keep you hydrated.

Coconuts have been used for food and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They have been used to treat diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and other ailments. Studies have shown that consuming coconut can increase your energy levels and rejuvenate your system. Drinking a green detox smoothie with coconut will help flush out your system and cleanse your digestive tract.


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Additional Nutrients

Coconut is not the only ingredient in this green smoothie that provides beneficial nutrients. Kale is included for its calcium, with over 300 milligrams per serving.

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup of fresh coconut
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 3 cups of kale (chopped)
  • ½ a lime

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Directions

To make your coconut-green smoothie, pour the coconut milk into your Vitamix blender. Peel the oranges and remove the seeds. Add the oranges and banana. Then add the kale and the lime. Blend the ingredients for about thirty seconds. Your smoothie should have a creamy consistency. If it remains chunky, blend for another thirty seconds.

If you absolutely cannot find coconut milk, you can replace it with almond milk. Coconut water could also work as a substitute, but your smoothie may not taste as rich and creamy.

This coconut-green smoothie works as a meal replacement, packing in 430 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fiber. The total serving size is 32 ounces. Some people may have trouble drinking this in one meal. If you find 32-ounces to be too much, store the leftovers in your fridge, but try to drink it within the next 12 hours.

Coconut is a beneficial tropical fruit that is often ignored. It provides a variety of minerals and is a good source of B vitamins. If you are looking to put a twist on your green smoothie recipes, try adding coconut.