(NaturalHealth365) Asthma has become one of the biggest health problems for kids and adults. And, although conventional treatment options may provide temporary relief of some symptoms, there is increasing evidence that these asthma medications actually increase the risk of future attacks. After all, these drugs never get to the true cause of any respiratory problems.
Fortunately, in the natural health world, there is plenty of hope for asthma patients. In fact, today, we offer three natural ways to minimize your risk for asthma – without the need for toxic medications. The formula is really quite simple: avoid triggers, strengthen the immune system and eat fresh, whole foods. Let’s take a closer look at each aspect.
What exactly triggers an asthma attack?
According to natural health practitioners, nearly 50% of the asthmatic symptoms can be reduced, and in some cases completely eliminated, when allergic triggers are identified and avoided. This requires lots of (honest) self-evaluation – to discover your personal triggers. Generally speaking, think about the food you eat; your immediate air space and other environmental considerations like the clothes your wear or personal care products you use.
Do you have food allergies? Conventionally-produced cow’s milk and other pasteurized dairy products, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish can produce major food allergies. Naturally, if you eat lots of conventionally-grown produce – you’re consuming lots of chemicals that can cause allergies. Obviously, highly-refined foods with artificial colors, processed sugar and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) ought to be avoided – at all costs.
Is the air making you sick? Obviously, your immediate air space can cause serious allergic reactions. The air you breathe can be filled with volatile organic compounds – found in building materials, furniture, office equipment, paint and craft materials, to name a few such hazards. With so many toxins, floating around in the air, it may be a good idea for you to invest in a quality, air purifier.
The connection between allergies and the immune system
A weak immune system is the gateway for asthma plus many other chronic health issues. Strengthening your immune system will protect you from toxic exposures. If you suffer from allergies – switch to a whole foods diet rich in omega-3 fats, carotenoids, vitamin C, E, B6, folate, quercetin and magnesium. In particular, eat lots of citrus fruits, broccoli, red onions, capers, red grapes, cherries and many berries abundant in the bioflavonoid quercetin – which exerts strong anti-histamine effects.
In addition, eat herbs such as peppermint, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme – rich in rosmarinic acid – which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound.
A 2006 study that investigated the effect of dietary intake and prevalence of asthma showed that those that ate more leafy greens and carotenoid-rich foods had a lower prevalence of asthma. It is also important to have optimal levels of vitamin D in the body to decrease the risk of asthma. This was confirmed by a recent 2014 study on the vitamin D status and risk of asthma.
How does diet reduce the risk of allergies?
A plethora of studies demonstrate that the more you gravitate towards fresh organic produce and move away from processed foods – including non-organic meats and dairy products – the lower your risk for asthma. A 1985 Swedish study showed that asthma patients that followed a vegan diet – for a year – showed a significant decrease in the need for medication and frequency of asthma. About 70% of the patients reported improvement within four months of following a plant-based diet and about 90% within a year.
Final thoughts. One of the best ways to consume lots of veggies is to drink fresh (organic) vegetable-green juices. Be sure your water is clean by using a good quality water filter or drinking only real spring water – that has been tested for safety and quality. Do your best to avoid pesticides, pollutants, drugs like beta-blockers, NSAID’s, estrogen and antibiotics – as these are potential triggers to asthma. Try alternative therapies such as yoga, deep breathing techniques and other relaxation routines to help relieve stress.
Keep in mind, while the above mentioned ways are effective, the greatest benefit comes from a comprehensive treatment program that blends together the concepts of avoiding the triggers, boosting immunity and eating a healthy diet. If you need help – find a qualified medical professional trained in herbalism and whole foods nutrition.
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