6 Homemade Fruity Drinks To Reduce Asthma Symptoms

In our daily life, we take air and the process of breathing very lightly. When you catch your breath for longer than you can, that’s when we appreciate the air we breathe and your lungs for doing what they actually do.

Imagine living with this feeling of not being able to breathe perfectly – that’s what an asthma patient feels like.

Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system and makes breathing difficult. Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled with proper treatment.

Depending on the severity of the condition, asthma symptoms – those that are mild – can be treated even at home. There is certainly a link between diet and asthma but what most people do not realize is that there is no need for a special diet.1

The key to treating asthma symptoms is to avoid those foods that may trigger them and to include those that will help control them. Studies have shown that a

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regular intake of fruits and vegetables may help prevent allergic inflammatory reactions in the lungs.2

So, if you are looking to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption, the easiest way is to juice them.

Here are a few homemade fruit drinks that can help alleviate asthma symptoms. However, before you try them, communicate about these dietary changes with your doctor and only go ahead after it has been approved.

1. Banana Apple Smoothie

Apples can reduce asthma symptoms

How it helps: This recipe uses bananas and apples as the primary ingredients. Studies have reported that apple juice and, to an extent, bananas may protect against wheezing in children.3 Some studies also showed how eating just two apples a week could reduce their asthma symptoms significantly.4

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup apple juice

How to prepare:

  • Combine the frozen, chopped banana and apple juice together in a blender or a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and drink.

2. Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Raspberries contain vitamin C that can reduce asthma symptoms

How it helps: This smoothie uses raspberries, bananas, and flaxseeds as the primary ingredients. 100 grams of raw raspberries contain 26.2 milligrams of vitamin C.5 Studies have shown that vitamin C may be helpful in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions, particularly those caused by exercise.6

Similarly, flaxseeds are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids that have

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shown a significant role in reducing asthma symptoms.7

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, freshly ground

How to prepare:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and serve.

3. Banana Baobab Smoothie

Banana smoothie with flaxseeds can reduce asthma symptoms

How it helps: This smoothie is a fun smoothie as you can play with the ingredients. The recipe provided uses banana, baobab powder, apple juice, oranges, and flaxseeds.

As mentioned earlier, this is a good antiasthma drink because of the rich nutrients like vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids.

If orange is not your personal favorite replace the fruit with others like kiwifruit, mandarines, pears, apples, pineapple, and berries. You could even try one for every day of the week!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups organic
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    apple juice
  • 1 small organic banana
  • 1 orange (or any fruit of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon baobab powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup crushed ice

How to prepare:

  • Peel and cut the bananas into big chunks. Peel the oranges and remove the seeds if required.
  • Combine all the ingredients including the ice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • If the smoothie is too thick for your taste, you can add little water and continue blending for a few more seconds.
  • Pour into a glass and it is ready to serve.

4. Watermelon Green Tea Smoothie

Watermelons contain lycopene that can reduce asthma symptoms

How it helps: This smoothie contains watermelon, gut-friendly yogurt, and green tea as its primary ingredients. Watermelon is a good source of lycopene – a powerful antioxidant – that has shown to provide relief from exercise-induced asthma.8 Green tea contains a compound called

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theophylline that relaxes the muscles in the respiratory system, reducing the severity of asthma attacks.9

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups watermelon, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup cold yogurt (preferably nonfat)
  • ½ cup green tea brewed from loose leaves and chilled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
  • Lemon juice, freshly pressed

How to prepare:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until you get a smooth texture.
Pour into a glass and serve.

5. Cherry Coconut Water Smoothie

Nutrient-rich cherry smoothie can reduce asthma symptoms

How it helps: This recipe uses bananas to provide creaminess, cherries, sunflower seeds, and coconut water. If bananas sound too boring to you, substitute it with avocados, fresh pineapples, yogurt, or even mango slices.

Cherries contain a considerable amount of vitamin C and when combined with coconut water, are good sources of potassium and magnesium which are usually low

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in asthma patients.10

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (or any desired fruit)
  • 1 cup sweet cherries
  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • Honey, to taste

How to prepare:

  • Peel the banana and chop into large pieces and wash the cherries and remove the seeds manually or using a cherry pitter.
  • Put all the ingredients except the honey in a blender and blend it until smooth and desired consistency is reached.
  • Taste and add honey if required.
  • Pour into a glass and serve right away.

6. Pear With A Ginger Twist

Pears with ginger can reduce asthma symptoms

How it helps: Pear and ginger are the main ingredients of this recipe. Just like apples, pear intake has been associated with a decreased risk of asthma symptoms.11 Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that may reduce congestion.12

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 cup crushed ice

How to prepare:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender and blend them until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and serve.

These juices are healthy and do not contain added sugar or other allergens that may be present in store-bought juices.

Much the same way, you can also make your own veggie smoothies using vegetables like spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, mustard greens, radishes, broccoli sprouts, etc.

It is a good way to include fruits in your children’s diet without much fuss and if you are working, it saves up a lot of time, too.

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