Dealing with Asthma: Part 2

In the first part of this article, we have gone through a couple of critical steps for treating asthma, which includes finding your asthma triggers and practising on your breathing. However, those are not the only methods that can help reduce the severity of your asthma. Read on to find out more!

 

Nutritional Supplements

One of the key aspects of treating asthma is through your food supplementation. Getting in the proper nutrients and in the right amounts is critical in ensuring that your body is always equipped with an abundance of beneficial nutrients to weather any given storm.

Magnesium, for instance, is invaluable in the treatment for asthma. It is given intravenously in hospital emergency rooms to stabilise children and adults during asthma attacks. Magnesium works at the cellular level to relax and smooth muscles, as well as rapidly open the bronchial tube. Research confirms that asthmatic conditions generally correlate with depleted magnesium levels, indicating the need for supplementation. If you are suffering from asthma, it is best that you have your RBC (red blood cell) magnesium levels checked and make magnesium a part of your preventive maintenance program by consuming between 200 and 600 milligrams of zinc daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed oils make another great supplement for your asthmatic condition as they are one of nature’s best anti-inflammatories. These amazingly versatile nutrients soother inflammation in the bronchial passages, heal the damage that has already been done and inhibits potential inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Generally, it is advised to consume three grams (usually three capsules) of fish oil a day for those who eat fish regularly, and six grams a day for those who don’t. For vegetarians and those who cannot tolerate fish-oil capsules, a tablespoon of flaxseed oil per day should do the trick. Divide the doses and take them evenly throughout the day.

Additionally, vitamins C and E, beta carotene and quercetin all play an important role in your body. Generally, every inflammatory condition generates free radical damage, which is also a major contributor to diseases and the deterioration that comes with ageing. Vitamins C, E and beta carotene repair free radical damage and neutralises their activity, while quercetin is a powerful bioflavonoid that acts as a gentle but effective antihistamine without the side effects of medication. It is recommended that one consumes three grams of vitamin C a day in three divided doses, 400 IU of vitamin E, up to 25,000 IU a day for beta carotene and at least 400 milligrams of quercetin twice daily.

 

Modify Your Diet

Foods, especially organic and pesticide-free ones, have healing and regenerative effects. As such, one who is suffering from asthma can benefit from a diverse and nutrition-packed diet, which includes the likes of fish, especially fresh salmon, tuna and mackerel; skinless chicken or turkey; cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts; whole grain, nuts and seeds; fresh salads and fruits; canola and flaxseed oil; garlic and onions as well as plain, low-fat yogurt with acidophilus cultures.

The only caveat is that you must initially avoid those foods that you have tested positive to as allergic triggers. To do this efficiently, you must also be fully aware of foods within the same group. For instance, if you have tested positive to cantaloupe, it means that you also have to watch out for other melons, cucumbers, pumpkin and squash.

 

Reduce Toxins In Your Life

Making your home and workplace allergy-free is crucial. An air filter in your workspace or hypoallergenic sheets and pillowcases for your bed can make all the difference. Eliminate possible sources of mould such as dripping taps, plants and musty books or papers. When redecorating, be aware of paint, wallpaper adhesive, matting and furniture choices. Remember to always seek out non-toxic products. Replace corrosive and polluting detergents with environmentally friendly ones. In addition, try to stay clear of perfumed products and avoid cosmetic and bathroom products that contain formaldehyde.

 

De-Stress

Create space and time to relax and enjoy life. Breathing is equally important because it correctly relaxes and renews the body, enabling you to be at your best. Identify your stressors and hatch out a plan to reduce them. If your workload is overwhelming, try discussing a priority list with your employer. If you are emotionally stressed, consider talking things with a counsellor or a therapist. Alternatively, find a form of exercise, indoors or outdoors, that you truly enjoy. It can be as gentle as yoga or as lively as jazz dancing or as challenging as rock climbing. Being part of a group outside work, whether it be a support group, like-minded hobbyists or people you pray with, can also be highly beneficial.

Whatever the activity is, just engage and enjoy it as it will do you and your mood a lot of good. Finally, during the day, take a moment to become quiet. If you are able to, find a spot in your office and allow your breath to flow gently in and out without strain or stress, renewing every part of you before resuming your day’s work again.