New research on asthma is showing that a diet high in fiber helps to reduce asthma. Connecting diet to asthma is an important step. As the article notes, asthma is about inflammation. The next logical question should be, “What is causing that inflammation?”
Those of us working in the world of food allergies and intolerances recognize that if a person has an immune system reaction to a food then they can generate inflammation. That inflammation is not just located in the digestive tract, it can be experienced throughout the body. Therefore, it can be expressed as a wide variety of symptoms, including asthma.
It is not unusual for patients to note improvement in their breathing after learning to avoid their food allergen or intolerance. We encourage anyone with asthma or any other breathing problems to seek out the help of an expert in food allergies and intolerances. The link is real.
Dr. Wangen is the founder and medical director of the IBS Treatment Center, the award winning author of two books, and a nationally recognized speaker on digestive disorders. He has been on ABC, NBC, and Fox as well as public radio, and was named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine.