Asthma Medication and Food Interactions

Ignorance is bliss. But it can also be dangerous!

I was watching an episode of Know the Cause and there was a segment on asthma medications and how certain foods can interact with them.

Did you know that a high carb meal (think a big bowl of pasta with a side of garlic bread), will reduce the amount of the theophylline (bronchodilator) in your body, so your inhaler won’t work as well.

Hmmm. Would have been helpful to know that in high school when I carb-loaded every day after sports practice and took an inhaler at bedtime….and then had trouble sleeping because my pesky lungs wouldn’t cooperate.

Grilled/barbecued meat was also an offender. When meat is grilled at high temperatures, a dangerous reaction can occur that will release chemicals into your body that keep your liver from eliminating the medication.  With repeated doses, the medication can build up in your blood stream and eventually stimulate your heart.  That is never a good thing.

As I mentioned before, I got myself off of all of my asthma medications and I follow the Phase 1 diet  most of the time.  So I’m not eating high carb anymore. But I am still aware of the carcinogens that are produced with grilling meat.

These carcinogens fall into two categories: Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs are produced when the muscle protein in meat is cooked at high temperatures. PAHs are produced when the fat from the meat drips down into the fire and produces smoke which coats the meat and also when the flame touches the meat.

BUT, there are some ways to reduce your exposure to these carcinogens:

  • Grill meat at lower temperatures
  • Pre-cook meat in the oven (or on the stove) to decrease grilling time
  • Choose smaller cuts of meat to decrease grilling time
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat to reduce the amount of fat that will drip into the flames
  • Don’t char your meat (or vegetables)
  • Choose fish instead of beef or chicken on the grill (less fat and shorter grilling time
  • Don’t grill every night

So there you have it.  If you’re on any asthma medication, this is definitely food for thought.  And be wise when you grill.  That’s a no brainer!


3 responses to “Asthma Medication and Food Interactions

  1. Haha, “don’t grill every night”. Moderation? What? 😉

  2. How about “grill responsibly” almost every night?

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