Rates of asthma among children have skyrocketed in recent years, and so too has obesity. New research has shown these conditions are actually linked.

A study has shown that for every unit of Body Mass Index (BMI) above an ideal weight, a child’s risk of asthma is increased by 55 percent. BMI is not always the most reliable way to assess a person’s weight; it does have flaws. However, this is still a significant finding.

It really isn’t surprising because asthma is an inflammatory condition, and obesity is also a result of excessive inflammation. Plus, once a person is already obese, fat cells (particularly those around the torso) produce a flood of inflammatory chemicals that get released into the bloodstream.

The foods that fuel obesity are the same foods that cause or worsen asthma: sugar, industrial seed oils high in omega 6 fats (eg. Canola, soy, corn oil), gluten and dairy products.

Basing a child’s diet on whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, protein rich foods (eg. Seafood, poultry, eggs, pastured meat), nuts, seeds and healthy fats (such as olive oil, avocados and coconut oil) helps to reduce the risk of both obesity and asthma.

Most families are very pressed for time, and children can be very fussy eaters. That means it’s not always easy to feed your children healthy home cooked meals all the time. Synd-X Slimming protein powder is a fast, convenient and very tasty meal option. It can be used to make a delicious smoothie for a nutritious meal on the run.