Asthma

AsthmaWhat is Asthma?

Asthma happens when the airways become narrow and restricted because of spasms occurring in the bronchial tubes. An inflammation occurs and excessive mucus production happens, which is the one that causes the plugging of the airways. When this occurs, the expiratory flow rate is reduced as well.

 

What Causes Asthma?

Asthma can be caused by a lot of factors. Some of these factors are external, while there are also those that are internal. Knowing various asthma triggers is essential for you to be able to avoid them.

  • Allergens. Mould, pollen, cat hair, animal fur, cat saliva, dust mite faeces can all trigger an asthma attack.
  • Strong odors such as those coming from perfumes, along other inhaled gases and chemicals.
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Candida
  • Excessive intake of salt and preservatives and food colouring.
  • Food sensitivities. Some common foods eaten may bring about an asthma attack with asthmatics. Examples of which are citrus fruits, eggs, dairy products, soy, wheat and yeasts.
  • Dry climate and cold air
  • Exercise
  • Emotional stress
  • Drugs like aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), gastroesophageal reflux
  • Smoking, exposure to 2nd-hand cigarette smoke
  • Low hydrochloric acid
  • Omega 3 and 6 deficiencies
  • Hyperventilation/excessive mouth breathing
  • Low hydrochloric acid
  • Blood sugar fluctuations

 

Diagnosis, Signs, and Symptoms of Asthma

  • Breathing out or wheeze on expiration.  This is caused by mucosal oedema, obstructive secretions, and bronchospasm. This results from the air squeezing past the narrowed airways.
  • Breathlessness or tight feeling in the chest, whether there is mucus congestion or not.

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Asthma

Useful Lifestyle Hints

  • Stay away from asthma triggers like animal fur, chemical inhalation, or smoke.
  • As much as possible, vacuum the place where you stay. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth. Eliminate mould from household surfaces.
  • Breathe properly.
  • Seek a Buteyko breathing exercise tutor who teaches asthmatics on how to breathe properly using a set of exercises that can reduce phlegm, snoring, bronchial tightness, and asthma.

The Buteyko method suggests the following:

  • Do not overeat.
  • Eat only 6 small meals in a day.
  • Eat plenty of vegetables (raw) especially dark, green leafy vegetables and fruit.

 

Diet for Asthma

Foods to Avoid

  • Food intolerance must be avoided. This would include food colouring and preservatives especially sulphites and yellow dye.
  • Most asthmatics are allergic to common foods like dairy products, soy, wheat, eggs, and citrus fruits which include oranges, lemons, mandarins, tangelos, and limes).
  • Remember that cooked food (including meat) increases hyperventilation, which then leads to asthma. Therefore, meat, dairy, and eggs must be eliminated until breathing improves.
  • Hard to digest meat like pork, steak, and beef are preferred compared to easily digested animal proteins like dairy, eggs, and fish, if ever you chose to eat meat.
  • Reduce salt and protein intake if frequency of asthmatics attacks increase. These foods have the tendency to increase hyperventilation.

Friendly Foods

  • 1 tsp of lemon juice, in hot water daily could help as well.
  • Use goat’s milk or calcium-enriched soy milk, in case you are not allergic to soy.
  • Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Good sources are fish oil and flax oil. This would help in reducing inflammation.
  • Eat plenty of onion and garlic, if you are not allergic to them.
  • Drink green tea daily since it has antioxidants, and anti-asthmatic properties.

 

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Asthma

  • Vitamin A (500IU – 800IU daily). This could help in healing damage to the lining of the airways.
  • Vitamin E (4000IU daily). This can help in breaking down internal scarring.
  • Magnesium (200mg – 450mg twice daily). This helps relax the smooth muscles constricting the air passageway.
  • Flax Oil/Evening Primrose Oil (1tbsp – 2tbsp daily/3000mg daily). Deficiencies in essential fatty acids can lead to asthma.
  • Fish Oil (3g daily). Increase oily fish in your diet such as tuna, sardines, and salmon.
  • Digestive enzyme formulas (Betaine HCL 100mg – 200mg 3 times daily). When you lack these acids in your stomach, it may contribute to asthma as well.
  • Calcium (1500mg daily). This is to supplement your body’s calcium needs especially if you are avoiding dairy products.

Supplements that Reduce Immune Inflammatory Response

These supplements help in reducing the immune inflammatory response of the body that causes the airways to constrict.

  • Vitamin B Complex. Take upon health professional’s advice.
  • Vitamin C (1500mg daily)
  • Selenium (200mcg – 400mcg daily)
  • Bromelain or Quercetin (400mg 3 times daily). Bromelain is an enzyme derived from pineapple while Quercetin is a bioflavonoid.
  • Gingkko Biloba (80mg 3 times daily) or Grape Seed extract (100mg – 1g daily) The Grape Seed extract must have 500/n – 95% active in Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins content.

Herbs

These herbs could help your body build anti-allergy defenses. You need to wait for at least 2 weeks before your body gains the anti-allergy effects. You can take these during your allergy months or every day, as your body needs it.

  • Lobelia (50mg – 200mg dried, 3 times daily). This helps in reducing inflammation and also relieves congested mucus. It acts as a respiratory stimulant.
  • Marshmallow Root (2g – 5g daily). This soothes the bronchi, reduces the inflammation of the airways, and decreases the sticky consistency of the mucus. At the same time, it helps the body in expelling the mucus.
  • Liquorice (1g – 5g daily). This soothes the airways and helps in reducing mucus congestion. It also helps the body to adapt to stress, which has also been among the causes of asthma. (See a naturopath before taking especially if you have high blood pressure as this can increase blood pressure in certain doses.)
  • Boswellia (3g daily). This is an anti-asthmatic herb. It is also known as frankincense.
  • Perilla (900mg daily). This reduces the histamine allergy reaction. It is also helpful in eczema and psoriasis. Continued use of this herb makes it more effective.
  • Eyebright (300mg – 900mg daily). This helps in upper respiratory buildup of mucus. It also aids in watery eyes, blocked nasal passages, sneezing, and profuse watery nasal flow.
  • Fenugreek (300mg – 900mg daily). This herb soothes the airways and relieves congestion. You may also crush some Fenugreek seeds, then have 1 tsp of this mixed with 1 cup of hot water.
  • Olive Leaf extracts (270 mg 3 times daily). This helps in fighting viral, microbial, bacterial or fungal infections.
  • Echinacea (1200mg – 6g for 10 – 30 days). Have the same properties with olive leaf. Both fight off infection brought about by bacteria, microbes, virus, or fungus. They also improve the immune system.
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