How to prevent and treat Asthma

You can Control your Asthma by  educating yourself and having a plan of action! Maybe, this article will help.

By JENAE SAY

What is Asthma?

Asthma also referred as bronchial is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs.  It is characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm.

What you may not know

New research provides evidence for a link between vitamin D insufficiency and asthma severity. Serum vitamin D levels in more than 600 children were inversely linked to several indicators of allergy and asthma severity.While previous studies have suggested that vitamin D may affect how airway cells respond to treatment with inhaled steroids, this is the first study of vitamin D and disease severity in children with asthma.

Children with lower vitamin D levels were significantly more likely to have been hospitalized for asthma in the previous year, tended to have airways with increased hyperactivity and were likely to have used more inhaled corticosteroids, all signifying higher asthma severity. These children were also significantly more likely to have several markers of allergy, including dust-mite sensitivity.

Asthma Symptoms

Asthma usually does not cause allergy symptoms. Instead, Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

Since asthma is caused by inflammation, the fact that vitamin D deficiency can aggravate the condition makes perfect sense in light of what we now know about vitamin D. As Dr. Robert Heaney explains in this Inner Circle Expert Interview, vitamin D can be a very powerful immune modulator.

And although this study may be the first to demonstrate an inverse association between circulating levels of vitamin D and markers of asthma severity, it’s not the first study to show that vitamin D can benefit asthmatics.

Since asthma is caused by inflammation, the fact that vitamin D deficiency can aggravate the condition makes perfect sense in light of what we now know about vitamin D. As Dr. Robert Heaney explains in this Inner Circle Expert Interview, vitamin D can be a very powerful immune modulator.

8 Asthma preventions & treatments

In addition to making sure your vitamin D levels are optimized, here are several additional strategies that can help treat the root of your problem, as well as a few that can offer safe symptom relief.

  1. Purify your indoor air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, on average, so considering the fact that you spend about 90 percent of your life indoors, you may want to consider installing a good air purifier that is easy, safe, cost-effective, and leaves behind no dangerous chemical residues (which are often just as bad as the substances you’re trying to clean away.)
  2. Antibacterial soaps. In the first place they are dangerous and cause many skin problems. Then, there is a tendency in our modern culture to be obsessive about cleanliness, especially in children. However, this may not be as healthy as initially thought. It appears that being exposed to common bacterial and viral infections as a child can be instrumental in providing the stimulus to your immune system to prevent asthma naturally. As an alternative to the dangerous chemical soaps, cleaners, detergents and shampoos, I suggest that you try the NVIRO 360 All Purpose Cleaner and Shave and Shower Gel. These two bottles will replace every cleaning product imaginable and at the same time you will protect your health and help save the environment.
  3. Regular exercise. Exercise and the best place to begin is with Breathing Exercises. Studies have shown that asthmatics who exercise regularly tend to show improvement in: Maximum ventilation, Maximal oxygen uptake, Work capacity, and Maximum heart rate.
  4. Animal-based omega 3 fats. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting sufficient amounts of high quality animal-based omega 3 fats in your diet.I also strongly believe that we all need plant-based omega 3 fats and a good source for these are hemp seed or flax seed. However, many people do not possess the metabolic ability to rapidly convert the ALA in these plants to the higher order fats DHA and EPA, which are potent anti-inflammatories, that is the reason I suggest getting some omega 3 from the animal kingdom.Fish oils, which were recently a crave for many health enthusiasts are now being show to be an inferior source of omega 3 oils when put in capsule form.
  5. Commercial milk products. They are notorious for making asthma worse. If you consume milk at all, use only raw milk products from grass-fed cows, but even then be careful and take note of whether or not the raw milk is making your asthma better or worse.
  6. Eat foods rich in vitamin E. Much like vitamin D, higher vitamin E intake has also been associated with lower serum IgE concentrations and a lower frequency of allergen sensitization.
  7. Butterbur (Petasites hybridus). This perennial shrub has been used since ancient times to treat a variety of conditions. As far back as the 17th century, butterbur was used to treat coughs, asthma, and skin wounds. Researchers have since identified the compounds in butterbur that help reduce symptoms in asthma by inhibiting leukotrienes and histamines, which are responsible for symptom aggravation in asthma. In one study, 40% of the patients who taking a butterbur root extract were able to reduce their intake of traditional asthma medications.
  8. Salt therapy (also known as “halotherapy”).

    This remedy was and still is sought after because of the antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal qualities of the salty cave air. Its salty microclimate calms, cleanses and revives the cells of the respiratory system. Thousands of sojourners have experienced relief from respiratory diseases strictly by inhaling the salty cave air.

    It started in the 19th century when a Polish physician noted that salt miners seldom suffered from respiratory ailments. In these mines, the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis have more often than not been relieved, if not completely eradicated.

    We know today that salt has anti-inflammatory effects and that inhaled salt provides relief from respiratory symptoms. Halotherapy (drawing air through a salt pipe filled with rock salt) is commonplace today and may provide many of the same benefits.

“I am an asthmatic and went for speleotherapy” to “Troilus mine, at Tirgu Ocna near Slanic Moldova, Romania. Over 5000 people were treated in this mine last year alone. The Romanians are amazed that ‘salinas’ are not available in Britain. Although my bronchitis, sinusitis and asthma had not cleared on my arrival home, everything cleared up and two month later and I was able to dance at our daughter’s wedding. The literature points out that ‘speleo-reaction’ occurs in most people, they appear to get worse before they get better.” Sylvia P. Beamon, MA.  1997

Build your immune system with regular use of Immunize and Siaga. A strong immune system is the best defense against the symptoms associated with Asthma.

For other important topics related to asthma and allergies, see Breathing Exercises and Colon Cleansing and Bentonite Clay.

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