Iced Coffee Pick-Me-Up For Asthma

Several studies have shown that caffeine modestly improves lung function for up to 4 hours in people with asthma. Avoid late afternoon or evening intake, which could interfere with a good night’s sleep. Caffeine is related to theophylline, an asthma medication that helps open airways, reducing breathlessness.

We love this drink for a late morning boost; try to enjoy it before noon, especially if caffeine keeps you awake at night.


  • 2 cups (475ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (55g) ground dark roast coffee
  • 1/4 cup (78g) sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 8 ice cubes

Preparation And Use

1Brew the coffee.

2Pour half of the condensed milk into each of two mugs.

3Divide the hot coffee between the mugs.

4Stir until the milk is dissolved.

5Fill two tall glasses with four ice cubes each.

6Gradually pour each portion of hot coffee over the ice and stir to chill (for a thinner, cooler drink, add more cubes).


Recipe Variation: On chilly days, try this coffee hot – just leave out the ice cubes and add a pinch of ground cinnamon.


2 servings

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