As a result of the rise in ozone and other airborne pollutants among other things, asthma has become more prevalent around the world. You can make your asthma more bearable or relieve symptoms much more than you realize.
You don’t have to be miserable and constantly struggling to catch your breath. Below are a few tips on what to do to prevent asthma and simple ways to treat it if you already have it.
Drugs Alone Don’t Work
Doctors view asthma as a breathing problem caused by blocked airways, and in order to fix the problem, doctors often prescribe bronchodilators, adrenaline and other prescription drugs. The problem is that drugs tend to have side effects that can exacerbate your condition.
Typical side effects with prescription drugs for asthma include headaches, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. These drugs also do nothing for the chronic inflammatory process that underlies asthma. So it’s clear that medication alone is not the answer.
An Asthma-Proof Home
In addition to seeing your doctor, you should make a plan to asthma-proof your home. There should be a central safe place in your home where you can go in case of an asthma attack. To prepare this area, it should dusted often with a special cloth and/or oil that stops dust from spreading as you dust; all carpeting should be removed;
your bed should be enclosed in airtight vinyl covers to reduce the likelihood of dust and dust mites; water leaks and other sources of humidity should be removed; if possible, you should purchase a top-notch air filter; and finally it is wise to remove live houseplants which can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew and exacerbate your symptoms.
As with most medical conditions, eating habits and food choices play a huge role in how well your body is able to defend you and how far the condition progresses. Asthma is often brought on by food allergies, like eggs, shellfish, nuts, seeds, soy, dairy, etc. Then there are those who react to pesticides that are sprayed on produce or food additives that are so prevalent in foods today. Your doctor will likely help you identify which foods you’re allergic to, if any.
Asthma can also be attributed to lung damage from free radical invasions. There are all kinds of ways for these molecules to creep in, so you need a constant defense. Antioxidants are your number one defense, and you can get more of them in your system by eating foods like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, garlic and onions.
Fish is full of omega-3 and have an anti-inflammatory effect against asthma. Grapes have lots of vitamins and magnesium, which reduces elevated levels of calcium that can cause breathing muscles to spasm. Other magnesium-rich foods include tofu, spinach and beets.
With your home and nutrition intact, you can also use breathing exercises to help you defeat asthma. Breathing using your diaphragm is a good practice. To do this, inhale through your nose while pushing out with your belly. Exhale slowly through your mouth with your lips pursed tightly until your entire belly flattens. Keep your shoulders down. The only thing that should be moving is your belly, not your chest or shoulders. Do this breathing exercise especially when you feel anxious or the initial signs of an asthma attack for relief.