Natural Solutions for Asthma
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Do You Have Asthma?
“Too many people have asthma,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noting that statistics increase every year.
This chronic inflammatory disease occurs when your lungs have trouble moving air in and out. The airways become swollen or inflamed, making them more sensitive to triggers including dust, chemicals, cigarette smoke, and pet dander.
While symptoms of asthma can vary, they typically include:
A tight feeling in the chest
Shortness of breath
These particularly occur early morning or at night. Left unchecked, they can trigger an asthma flare-up or attack, where symptoms become worse. About half of people with asthma have asthma attacks, most of which could be prevented.
About 25.7 million Americans have this disease, including seven million children. (Asthma is the most common childhood illness.) About 1.8 million people have an asthma-related emergency department visit every year, and 439,000 people require hospitalization.
Medical expenses related to asthma cost Americans more than $50 billion every year. Almost one in two children miss at least one day of school each year due to asthma, and adults with asthma miss 14.2 million days of work yearly.
Asthma and Age
Asthma can strike at any age. As their lungs develop, it can occur in young people, disappear, and recur as they get older. Until 15, boys are more likely than girls to have asthma. However, asthma is more common in women than men among older teens and adults.
Researchers aren’t entirely certain about what causes asthma or why the numbers continue to increase. Environmental factors including pollution or indoor allergens can contribute to asthma. So can obesity, which is also on the rise. If a family member has it, your odds increase too (suggesting a genetic factor).
More children than adults have asthma, but it can also impact you for the first time when you get older. For older people, determining asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be complicated because some symptoms overlap.
Asthma and Triggers
Others aren’t. Strong odors, certain foods, some medications, emotions, and even laughter can all become asthma triggers.
These triggers make the insides of your airways swell more, narrowing the ability for air to move in and out of your lungs. Muscles that wrap around your airways can also tighten, making breathing even more difficult.
Everyone’s different, and no two people suffer the same triggers. You can’t always eliminate these triggers, but you can minimize their impact.
If you have asthma, you have it. There’s no cure. (Although asthma attacks only occur when something irritates your lungs).
Asthma and Inflammation
Underlying these symptoms is immune system out of control and inflammation.
Your immune system normally protects you against foreign bacteria and viruses. With asthma, however, your immune system could create many of the miserable symptoms.
Many people with asthma more frequently develop allergies, which occur when your immune system becomes hypersensitive to certain substances or allergens.
People with asthma also often suffer more infections elsewhere in the body. That’s because compromised immune systems make them more susceptible to infections.
Managing asthma becomes crucial to avoid airway remodeling. This condition can occur where your lungs become scarred, asthma medicines don’t work optimally, and less air can move through your airways.
While your healthcare practitioner can help you manage asthma, many people require additional care, and your healthcare practitioner might refer you to an asthma specialist for further management.
If you are experiencing symptoms of asthma or have asthma, please consult with your healthcare practitioner and obtain professional help. Your healthcare practitioner can best address your unique health concerns and direct you to an asthma specialist. Never modify or discontinue any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s consent.
Asthma and Food
The foundation to manage asthma: Maintain a healthy weight, avoid Inflammatory foods, and choose immune-support foods.
A typical Westernized diet – low in fiber and high in processed, sugary foods – adversely impacts gut flora, increasing inflammation and contributing to conditions including asthma.These include refined grains, processed meat, and sugary foods, which can potentially trigger or exacerbate asthmatic symptoms.
A high intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, can help lower the chronic airway inflammation that contributes to asthma and reduce those symptoms.
So can anti-inflammatory foods including wild-caught seafood, rich in the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Our Advanced Plan becomes an excellent foundation to manage asthma and its symptoms. It includes plenty of antioxidant-rich plant foods, anti-inflammatory fats, and healthy proteins. This plan also eliminates many food sensitivities and allergies that can trigger or exacerbate asthma symptoms.
Please consult with your healthcare practitioner about specific dietary strategies to address your asthma symptoms as well as specific foods to include or avoid for your condition.
Natural Solutions for Asthma
Beyond food, specific lifestyle factors can also impact asthma. The number one thing you can do to minimize those symptoms? Don’t smoke, and avoid situations where others smoke (such as smoky bars).
Beyond that, these seven strategies can help if you have asthma. Discuss these and additional lifestyle strategies to manage asthma with your healthcare practitioner.
1. Focus on your gut. Gut health plays a significant role in asthma. Leaky gut — a condition where food particles not intended to slip through the gut wall do, creating an immune reaction and inflammation — sometimes occurs with moderate-severe asthma. That’s because your gut bacteria ferment dietary fiber, producing short-chain fatty acids that have immune-supporting benefits to reduce airway inflammation. A high-fiber diet can also support healthy gut flora balance and support a healthy immune response and normalize inflammation levels.
2. Minimize environmental toxins. Environmental chemicals (including pesticides, solvents, and air pollutants) contribute to increasing rates of asthma. Among their damage, these toxins create immune imbalances and deplete your master antioxidant glutathione, which plays important roles in detoxification, immune support, and so much more. You can’t eliminate these toxins, but you can minimize their impact by becoming more aware where they lurk (such as household cleaners and beauty products). Discuss a detoxification program with your healthcare practitioner.
3. Take the right nutrients. Several supplements can potentially benefit people with asthma. Discuss including these and/or any other additional supplements with your healthcare practitioner. Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s consent.