Asthma is a respiratory condition in which breathing is suddenly and dramatically obstructed. It is very serious and widespread. According to the American Lung Association, Asthma affects approximately 23 million Americans, including 7 million children. There is speculation that the numbers are on the rise due to the ever-increasing levels of toxins in our environment. If you or someone you know are affected by this disease here are some things you can do.

Around the house

  • dust and clean your home
  • change bed linens frequently as dust mites are known to trigger attacks
  • Smoking must be off-limits – toxins in most cigarettes collect in the bronchial tubes and irritate the bronchial mucosa. Cigarette smoke is inflammatory.

What you can do if diagnosed –

  • Eat a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates to provide the necessary nutrients
  • Learn to cope with stress, anxiety and anger
  • Take herbal and nutritional supplements to boost your immune system, particularly vitamins B 6, B 12 and C.
  • If your asthma appears to be triggered by stress, relaxation techniques may prove to be beneficial. Try reflexology, yoga, or meditation as any one of these may help you to breathe more easily
  • Add essential fatty acids, their benefits have been known to reduce asthmatic infection. Supplement your diet with borage, flaxseed or cod-liver oils. Take 1-2 tablespoons a day.
  • Most process foods contain coloring agents, preservatives and sulfites that can trigger an allergic response and asthma attack. A diet based on whole fruits and vegetables will help you avoid these chemicals.
  • In addition, a trial elimination of dairy products, wheat, sugar or any other suspected food can determine if an individual food worsens the problems.
  • Magnesium is credited with having antispasmodic effect on muscles, in particular, the bronchial passes. Supplementing your diet with 500 mg. of magnesium daily can reduce asthma occurrences.