What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition characterize by difficulty breathing and narrowing of the airways leading to the lungs. In people who have this condition or allergies, the blocked or inflamed airways that cause it’s symptoms can usually be clear with help from certain lifestyle changes and treatments.
Tired of depending on your inhaler and medications for asthma treatment?
You may be considering trying a natural remedy to manage your asthma — but first, get the scoop on what works and what doesn’t. In addition to the expense of asthma prescriptions, keeping track of different inhalers and medications can also be a pain. If you’re seeking more natural methods of treatment or are looking for ways to improve control of your asthma symptoms, you may be thinking about using a natural remedy or alternative treatment for your condtion.
Herbs and Other Alternative Asthma Treatment Options
A number of herbs have been touted as natural remedies for it, but Peters suggests that people should be wary before using these asthma treatments. Some alternative treatment options and their associated risks and benefits include:
Garlic is use as a natural remedy to manage many diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Since it is an inflammatory disease, it would make sense that garlic may also help relieve it’s symptoms. Peters notes, however, that there have never been any controlled studies investigating the effect of garlic on it’s symptoms, so its role in asthma treatment is unknown. The use of garlic as an alternative treatment for asthma is, however, currently being studied.
Ginger also decrease inflammation, and a recent study did show that oral ginger supplements are link to improvement in asthma symptoms. The study didn’t show, however, that ginger use led to any improvement in actual lung function. As a result, Peters cautions against using this study to draw any conclusions about the use of ginger as an alternative treatment for asthma. Additional studies are now being conducted to evaluate more fully whether or not ginger may help manage asthma symptoms.
Honey is an ingredient in many cough and cold remedies, used to help sooth an irritated throat and calm a cough. Many people with this condition may try mixing honey with a hot drink for relief. Peters notes that there are no studies to support the use of honey as an alternative treatment for these symptoms.
d) Foods with magnesium:
Low levels of magnesium are associate with increase risk of developing asthma, and increasing magnesium has been show to reduce severity of asthma attacks and symptoms like muscle-spasming anxiety. It’s been found that magnesium can induce bronchial smooth muscle relaxation. It also allows air to get into and out of the lungs more easily. Sources include greens, nuts, seeds, beans, cocoa and certain ancient grains.
Avoid Foods that Can Make Asthma Attacks Worse
There are many ways in which processed and refined foods contribute to this conditon. 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 Western diet contributes to high levels of inflammation. It also contribute to deficiencies and overall poor nutrition.
a) Children who eat foods fried in refined/processed vegetable oils and consume hydrogenated fats are much more likely to have asthma. These trans fats contribute to the presence of dangerous free radicals in the body.
b) The high sugar content in many processed foods contributes to the overgrowth of yeast or candida albicans. Yeast can be a trigger itself, but worse, it steals valuable nutrients from the digestive tract.
c) Children who are bottle-fed with powder and pasteurize infant formulas are significantly more at risk of developing this condition and allergies than those who are breast-fed.
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