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Top 5 Steps to Defeat Asthma

advSuffering with Asthma every day is like having an extra job trying to control the symptoms. It only takes one day when the air pollution is higher than normal causing you to wheeze so bad you can’t make it into work. The cold air hitting your lungs causes you to have an asthma attack so you stay home more than going out. You resort to your medication to keep your asthma at bay. Does this sound like you?

Choosing a natural treatment for asthma may be what you need not only to relieve your symptoms but to heal your body from the inside.

#1. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Asthma is an inflammatory reaction to allergens and irritants. Before we can deal with the inflammation it’s important to start the process of treating your asthma naturally by analyzing your environment.

Remove all allergens and irritants that may trigger an asthma attack: chemicals, aerosol sprays, animal dander, certain medications, molds, perfumes, pollens, sulfites, to name a few.

Jane had asthma since she was 5, (61 years ago) but had it well controlled until about 14 years ago. Then in spring she would have to wear a filter mask when she walked her dog or end up with an asthma attack. This went on for 3 years. After learning how toxic the indoor air was in her home, she removed all chemical allergens and have not had to use a filter mask or had an asthma attack in 10 years. She credits not having the chemical allergens in the house to compound the outdoor allergens.

Jane made one change to her environment and as you can see it made a dramatic difference in her breathing and ability to go outside without having an asthma attack.

#2. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Our diets are one of the main sources of inflammation that we face daily. We eat at least three times per day, and that repetitive level of inflammation needs to be addressed if you are ever to get off some of your medication and breathe more easily.

Eat more anti-inflammatory foods like: apricots, cruciferous vegetables, onions, papaya, pumpkin and tomatoes. Foods to avoid: Citrus fruits, dairy products, dyes and preservatives, sugar and wheat.

#3. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

People with asthma need to pay particular attention to fats because good fats are anti-inflammatory. Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, while Omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation. We tend to eat foods high in Omega-6 fatty acids. Good examples of omega-3 fatty acids are those in fish. Increase your intake of fish (or take a high quality fish oil supplement), nuts, olive oil while decreasing the amount of canola oil, and processed food of any kind.

#4. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our gut and are commonly destroyed by the antibiotics we take regularly. Supplementing with probiotics can help heal asthma naturally from within.

#5. Asthma (Natural Treatment)

Often times, asthmatics are depleted of crucial nutrients due to the chronic inflammation in the body. Take a high quality nutritional supplement which supplies all the vitamins and minerals important to the immune system.

This 5 step Asthma Natural Treatment will absolutely influence how well you breathe and start healing your body from the inside.

My name is Cheryl Webb. I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to find relief from their asthma. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of natural alternatives and continue to help others do the same.

 

Health

I Have A Secret

vI’ve had this crazy secret goal for ten years. I consider it a secret, well up until now, because if I didn’t say it out loud, people wouldn’t know it or see me fail. Crazy because well, if you know me you know I hate to run. The goal? To run a marathon or 1/2 marathon before I turn 50 and now time is running out on me.

So last week I dusted off my couch to 5k app, you’ve got to start somewhere right? Found a future race I wanted to run in and then proceeded to spend the morning in front of the TV.

The reason I spent the morning on the couch was because I had so many things running through my head I was afraid to move off the couch, ironic I know since I just downloaded the COUCH to 5k app. These are just a few things making the rounds in my head. How was I going to train in Albany NY in the winter? What was I thinking? How would I run with my asthma, especially in the winter? Now the five people who read this article would witness me failing or succeeding if I’m looking at the glass half full. But the big thought running through my head was, am I capable of running 13.1 miles?

You see, when I set goals for myself, I set myself up to fail from the start. I set such out of reach goals that they are hard to accomplish. For the first time in my entire life, I’ve decided to set an attainable goal first and then build on that goal. Instead of setting out for a marathon right away, my first goal is to finish the entire Couch to 5K program. Nine weeks, three times a week and then move on to a Couch to 10K, then move on to a Half Marathon. I also think I’m going to modify my goal, for now, to a half marathon and then, if at the end of the training and if my old body doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart, maybe I’ll train for a full marathon.

One of the problems I will encounter with this goal is I’m a lazy person. I always have been and not just a little lazy, like really really lazy. I could very easily sit on the couch for days on end watching Netflix. But I have also had the good fortune to experience the runner’s high, it’s real and amazing, but usually the laziness wins. The hardest part for me will be the actually getting out there and going for a run. One of my other problems is that I hate running. Mostly because I run too fast, you know to hurry up and get it over with. Then I become so out of breath that I am sure I’m going to have a heart attack. I also have asthma, which makes it hard to run and even harder in the winter. The last problem I think I’ll have to overcome is my family, more specifically my husband. You see, I’ve started this goal before, and they have watched me start it and give up. So when I mentioned it to Rob, his first response was laughter, and then I believe he said “we’ve been down this road before.” His reaction is completely understandable and justifiable. I’m pretty sure I had the same reaction when I said it out loud in my head. But maybe, just maybe, if I put it out there on the World Wide Web, I will be accountable and less likely to quit, maybe.

I figure if I can accomplish a life long dream and goal of opening a bakery, surely I can train my body to run 13.1 miles. Some might say making croissants seven days a week for 14 hours a day is much easier than running 13.1 miles. However, my thumbs and wrists would beg to differ. So here we go, another goal, another dream and I know I can do it; after all I was the owner of flour. sugar. eggs. for a year.

I hate to run; I hate not being able to breathe, but I love the feeling you get after running, I love feeling like I’ve accomplished something or better yet that my body has accomplished something. Here I go, I hope you are routing for me and wishing me luck!

 

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What Are 3 Things I Can Do About Asthma?

davThe Mayo Clinic, representing more than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers, says that it isn’t clear why only some people get asthma. According to their research the cause of asthma is genetic and environmental. This means it is passed on through families and triggered by environmental exposure. Of course, there are cases that are purely hereditary and cases that are purely environmental. For example, a chronic smoker can get asthma even if they have no genetic disposition. For average people, the main concern is to eliminate the environmental causes of asthma, especially for young children who may develop the disease from exposure. There is actually 3 things you can do to greatly reduce the environmental exposure to irritants that cause asthma.

The first thing is eliminating toxins. The big ones are pet dander, Volatile Organic Compounds, such as smoke, and dust. The grand majority of dust is circulated through the home by the central heating and cooling air duct systems. This is where duct cleaning or proper window treatment and caulking goes a long way. This is a simple step that gets big results. Removing those pounds of dust is very effective and it is important to keep dust from coming in.

The second thing is looking out for is sulfates and preservatives, such as those found in shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, beer and wine. In a healthy adult, with a mature liver, these foods are fine, but in growing children, for some reason, they are linked to asthma attacks. Most of those foods don’t look like anything a kid would eat, but food manufacturing companies have a nasty habit of sneaking in preservatives, such as mono sodium glutamate (MSG), under new and improved names such as glutamate acid and so on. The big red flag in the food preservation industry is the amount of salt. Table salt doesn’t really represent a threat, but the salt in food is usually linked with long chain organic preservatives such as sulfates that is shown to lead to more frequent asthma attacks. The moral of the story is: if you are buying groceries and you notice a high amount of sodium, sulfates are also likely present in that food.

The last and most important thing to avoid for asthma is cold or polluted air. Weird how very frigid air can provoke asthma, but a repeated strain on the respiratory system in the form of cold air does this. Then there is the obvious mainly considered reason: pollution! In terms of pollution, we have the most control by using electronic air filters for our indoor air and regularly changing air filters like in our cars. Those three things will give you deep, fresh breathing!

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Why Inflammation May Be the Cause of Your Asthma

avThere is an epidemic of asthma in our country and around the world. Most people got asthma when they were a child and knew about it as adults. But now a lot of people are getting asthma for the first time as adults and they want to know why. Let’s take a look at our diet and how it is impacting asthma.

Asthma is above all an inflammatory condition. What asthma sufferers don’t realize is what they are eating can be causing inflammation in the body which leads to serious asthma flare ups.

There have been several studies linking an increase in inflammation as the underlying cause of asthma. Natural asthma remedies can be used to cool inflammation without any side effects.

When we eat poorly over a long period of time our body becomes imbalanced and inflammation starts to grow. Nutrient-depleted diets such as the SAD diet not only is unhealthy but causes chronic inflammation in our bodies. Ever present inflammation makes sufferers extra sensitive to triggers.

Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of more Omega 6’s than Omega 3’s and we are eating a lot of sugar in our foods. Too much sugar, carbohydrates and fats are consumed. Sugar suppresses our immune system and causes inflammation in the gut.

Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, while omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation. Yet we eat an abundance of omega 6 fatty acids every day. Omega 6 fatty acids are the ones that you see in most processed food and they are known as trans-fats or partially hydrogenated oils.

Evaluate your diet. What we are eating is causing inflammation in our bodies and once this happens we start seeing more serious health issues like asthma. We become more sensitive to certain foods like milk, gluten, corn and a host of other problems begin to crop up like sensitivity to chemicals, dust, mold, pollen, etc. Some people even become sensitive to the paint in their bedrooms. Think about adding natural asthma remedies to your diet like Omega 3’s – fish, fish oil, nuts.

In addition to unbalanced fat intake, nine out of ten Americans don’t eat sufficient amounts of vegetables and fruits, which are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory vitamins, and other nutrients. Vitamin C and E as well as flavonoids have potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Supplements containing magnesium, selenium and vitamin C are great natural asthma remedies.

Cloves, Ginger, Onions, fruits like strawberries, blueberries, papaya and lemons are all great natural asthma remedies. They contain anti-inflammatory benefits and vitamin C.

It’s important to eliminate as many allergens as possible. Avoid troublesome foods. Get tested to see if you are deficient on any vitamins or minerals. Try natural asthma remedies to get to the underlying cause of your asthma symptoms.

Natural asthma remedies are safe and effective and can help reduce inflammation. When you help your body from within and address your inflammation you can feel a dramatic difference in your symptoms.