A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Asthma
I had a question the other day about asthma.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult.
With asthma, there’s inflammation of your air passages causing a temporary narrowing of your airways.
This results in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
If it’s severe, asthma can result in decreased activity and inability to talk.
Poorly controlled asthma can lead to many emergency room visits and even hospital admission.
There are 3 major features of asthma:
1. Airway obstruction.
During normal breathing, the bands of muscle that surround your airways are relaxed, and air moves freely.
But in people with asthma, allergy-causing substances, colds, respiratory viruses, and environmental triggers make the bands of muscle surrounding your airways tighten, and air can’t move freely.
Less air causes you to feel short of breath, and the air moving out through your tightened airways causes a whistling sound known as wheezing.
Fortunately, this airway narrowing is reversible.
People with asthma have red and swollen bronchial tubes.
This inflammation contributes to the long-term damage asthma can cause to your lungs.
Therefore, treating this inflammation is key to managing asthma.
3. Airway irritability.
The airways of people with asthma are extremely sensitive.
They tend to overreact and narrow due to the slightest triggers like pollen, animal dander, dust, or fumes.
Asthma can occur at any age, although it’s more common in people under age 40.
People who have a family history of asthma have an increased risk of developing the disease.
But, anyone can develop asthma at any time.
Asthma is increasingly prevalent among children.
The rate of childhood asthma has more than doubled since 1980, according to the CDC.
Signs and symptoms of asthma to look for include:
>Frequent coughing spells, which may occur during play, at nighttime, or while laughing (coughing may be the only symptom present).
>Less energy during play, or pausing to catch breath during play
>Rapid or shallow breathing
>Complaint of chest tightness or chest “hurting”
>Whistling sound when breathing in or out.
>Seesaw motions in the chest from labored breathing.
>Shortness of breath, loss of breath
>Tightened neck and chest muscles
>Feelings of weakness or tiredness
Different things in the environment, called “asthma triggers,” cause asthma symptoms to start or worsen.
Common triggers for asthma include:
>Infections (sinusitis, colds, and flu)
>Allergens (pollens, mold spores, pet dander, dust mites)
>Irritants like strong odors (perfumes, cleaning solutions, air pollution)
>Exercise (known as exercise-induced asthma)
>Weather; changes in temperature and/or humidity, cold air
>Strong emotions (anxiety, laughter, crying, stress)
An asthma attack is a sudden worsening of symptoms.
With an asthma attack, your airways tighten, swell up, or fill with mucus.
Not everyone with asthma experiences the same symptoms of an attack.
You may not have all of the symptoms, or you may have different symptoms at different times.
Your symptoms may be subtle, like decreased activity or lethargy.
Your symptoms may also vary from mild to severe from one asthma attack to the next.
Prolonged asthma attacks that don’t respond to treatment with bronchodilators are a medical emergency.
With proper treatment, you can live well with asthma.
To deal with asthma it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
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