Asthma, inflammation of the bronchial tubes, is a severe respiratory allergy reaction. Asthma has increased rapidly in America; a 50% rise in the last decade alone. It now affects almost 20 million Americans, 2.5 million of whom have needed emergency treatment. More alarming, the Pew Environmental Health Commission says that 29 million people will have asthma by 2020!
Asthma is now the leading serious, chronic illness in children under ten, (2:1 ratio of boys to girls). Today an astounding 1 in 7 children develop asthma. It’s clearly linked to allergies; 70% of allergy sufferers also have asthma. Some experts believe that America’s high rates of asthma are a result of a marked decrease in consumption of vitamin C antioxidants. Humans can’t manufacture vitamin C on their own; we must obtain it from eating vitamin C rich foods or taking vitamin C supplements.
Note 1: Steroid drugs for asthma help temporarily by opening restricted airways. Over the long term, they lead to weight gain and high blood sugar, mood changes and gastric upset. Eventually, they can impair immune response and severely weaken the bones.
An asthmatic’s difficult breathing, choking and wheezing is actually a failure to exhale, not inhale. It’s all about the inflammation cascade, which creates mucous. Lung airways become red, swollen and full of thick mucous, which means more inflammation.
Bronchial spasms constrict airways which become more inflamed, in a vicious cycle. Drug-free natural therapies often lead to better outcomes in mild cases and offer excellent long term prognosis for prevention. Still, emergency medical measures may be necessary to arrest severe asthma attacks which can be life threatening.
Food sensitivities play a major role in asthma attacks. During an attack, eat only fresh foods. Include fresh apple or carrot juice daily. Add plenty of water to thin mucous secretions. For long term help, a largely raw foods diet can be paramount to recovery. To control asthma nutritionally, reduce salt and starchy foods. Asthma is common when salt intake is high.
A largely vegetarian diet with fish offers significant improvement. Leukotrienes that contribute to asthma reactions are derived from arachidonic acid found in animal foods.
Eat fresh fish for anti-inflammatory EFAs. Sulforaphane rich foods-broccoli, brussel sprouts, garlic and onions prevent respiratory inflammation and reduce attacks.
Avoid dairy products: they generate the most mucous .Avoid foods with sulfites (esp.commercial wine), preservatives or MSG, high gluten breads, oily and fried foods and sugary foods. Studies show fatty meals increase airway inflammation. Avoid soft drinks and caffeine.
Herbal therapies (choose 2-3 of the following. Work with a physician to handle acute attacks.)
2. Antihistamines for asthma. Asthma is linked to and worsened by allergies: Breathe Easy caps. • Quercetin 2000mg daily, with Bromelain 1000mg; • Vitamin C up to 8000mg daily with bioflavonoids. Try green tea to relax constricted breathing.
Lifestyle changes are important, too. Stay physically fit to keep breathing strong. Extra weight makes breathing difficult. Acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, yoga and massage therapy can ease symptoms and keep the body free flowing.