How do you treat your asthma?
Is your Asthma interfering with your life?
Believe it or not, but there are 3 million diagnosed cases of asthma a year.
Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack.
Asthma may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The symptoms may sometimes flare-up.
It is most common in ages 3-40 and is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe.
Asthma is not curable, though it can be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms. Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways
open, as well as oral steroids.
Depending on the severity of your asthma, wouldnâ€™t it be nice to know that there might be some at home remedies to help with your illness?
At Home Asthma Remedies
#1. Best foods to eat for Asthma
Eating a healthy diet supplies asthma sufferers with antioxidants and nutrients to combat environmental toxins, control inflammatory responses and reduce dietary triggers. Eating a wide variety of foods can ensure that you or your child gets all the nutrients needed to support strong immunity. There have been numerous studies that show consuming the right foods can be the one of the best home remedies for asthma.
- Brightly colored carotenoid foods
- Foods with folate (vitamin B9)
- Vitamin E and vitamin C foods
- Foods with magnesium
- Broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables
- Garlic, onions and mustard seeds
- Raw milk and cultured dairy
- Probiotics and high-fiber foods
- Omega-3 foods
- Foods with vitamin B5 (or pantothenic acid)
#2. Stay away from foods that can make your Asthma worse
There are many ways in which processed and refined foods contribute to asthma. Lack of fiber reduces probiotic bacteria, depletes stomach acid and hinders proper digestion. The lack of nutrients in these foods stresses the entire body and makes it less able to neutralize toxins. The lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in the
Foods to reduce or eliminate from your diet include:
- Conventional dairy
- Added sugar
- Trans fats or refined oils
- Processed carbohydrates
#3. Supplements to take
Another rising star in home remedies for asthma is vitamin D, which seems to slow declining lung function and supports immune health. It also stops lung â€œremodeling,â€ the narrowing of breathing passages over time.
Calcitriol, the form of vitamin D we make in the body, is a natural anti-inflammatory, yet many people are chronically low in vitamin D due to spending less time outside and eating low-nutrient diets. The daily recommended dose is about 600 international units for adults, which can be obtained through a combination of sun exposure and a healthy diet.
Other supplements that can help lower attacks and symptoms include:
- Vitamins C
- B vitamins
#4. Try Essential Oils
Many people with asthma frequently cough, wheeze and have trouble breathing, all of which essential oils â€” particularly essential oils for allergies â€” can help manage. As mucus (phlegm or sputum) or other substances accumulate in the airways, these symptoms kick in as reflexive actions that try to facilitate unobstructed breathing.
Try making a homemade vapor rub with eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil to open up airways.
Frankincense oil can be used to lower inflammation and swollen lymph nodes, and lavender can be used to help mitigate symptoms, such as anxiety and mood changes.
#5. Avoid things that trigger/irritate your Asthma
There might not be much you can do about pollution outdoors, but minimizing pollutants in your home can greatly lessen susceptibility to outdoor asthma attacks.
But believe it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency tells us our indoor environments are two to five times more toxic-than our outdoor environments!
Try to keep a window open even during the winter to bring fresh air in.
If you can afford it, use a heat recovery ventilator (air-to-air heat exchanger) to bring outside air in.
We know that Asthma is not fun to deal with, but hopefully some of these at home remedies will better help you treat your Asthma.
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