Home Remedies for Asthma
Most people with asthma are well aware of the attacks caused by this disease because the airways shrink and swell. The asthmatic crises make breathing difficult and those who suffer from it also have difficulty, chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. Unfortunately, it is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, so it is necessary to learn how to manage and alleviate its symptoms.
Relieve the Symptoms During and After an Asthma Attack
1) Drink a ginger tea.
Cut about 2.5 cm of ginger root and peel it with a potato peeler. Cut into small pieces and let it infuse in 240 ml of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drink the herbal tea 4-5 times a day. Ginger is a plant with natural anti-inflammatory properties, used for centuries for the treatment of respiratory problems.
You can also prepare a cold ginger drink. Mix 120 ml of ginger juice, 120 ml of pomegranate juice and add a little honey to give flavour. Drink it 3-4 times a day. Ginger has an anti-inflammatory action, while pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants. Honey flavours, but also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
2) Massage your chest using a herbal ointment.
Get a menthol and eucalyptus ointment and spread it on your chest. It can prevent or reduce asthma attacks. During a study, participants who used this kind of ointment went to the emergency room less often than those who used only the inhalers.
You can also make a garment with essential eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus can dissolve the mucus and promote respiration. Try to pour a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cotton swab and keep it handy (keeping it in a bag). As soon as you feel the symptoms of asthma, take the swab and sniff it.
3) Practice some breathing technique.
If an asthma attack occurs, take slow breaths rather than fast and deep breaths. This is the concept that underlies the breathing method of dr. Buteyko. An excellent exercise to try is to put the tip of the tongue behind the front dental arch. Position it at this point as you breathe in slowly through the nose. Then exhale slowly so that the air passes around the tongue. Do four of these breaths at a time.
Although there are exercises that strengthen the respiratory muscles or correct posture to promote breathing, some studies have shown that techniques designed to improve breathing are more useful to manage asthma.
You can also consider the breathing exercises provided by the Papworth or Pranayama yoga practices.
4) Consult the doctor.
Your doctor will establish a therapy to combat your asthma so you know exactly how to react and recover from an attack.
5) Take Vitamin C.
Numerous clinical studies have shown that vitamin C is one of the best supplements against asthma. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If you do not have kidney problems, you can take 500 mg a day. Furthermore, you can hire it via:
-Green leafy vegetables;
6) Include vitamin B6 in your diet.
Vitamin B6 can reduce inflammation and improve the immune system, so it is very useful for counteracting triggers. Foods that contain high doses of vitamin B6 and easily assimilated by the body are salmon, potatoes, turkey, chicken, avocado, spinach and bananas. You could also take it as supplements. Below, you will find the daily requirement:
– For children between 1 and 8 years: 0.8 mg/day.
– For children between 9 and 13 years: 1 mg/day.
– For teenagers and adults: 1.3-1.7 mg/day.
– For pregnant or lactating women: 1.9-2 mg/day. 7 MARCH 2018
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7) Take vitamin B12.
You can assimilate it by eating meat, seafood, fish, cheese and eggs. Vitamin B12 can block the effects of sulfites and, according to some studies, is the most effective for relieving asthma in children. It can reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms.
If you prefer to take it through supplements, take 2.4 mg per day (if you are a teenager or adult), 2.6-2.8 mg per day (if you are pregnant or breastfeeding), 0.9-1.2 mg per day day (if you are aged between 1 and 8) or 1.8 mg per day (if you are between 9 and 13).
8) Do not neglect the need for selenium.
More research would be needed, but studies have shown that taking selenium can reduce the inflammation caused by asthma. You can take it by eating liver and offal, meat and seafood. Alternatively, you can take a selenomethionine supplement. According to some studies, this form of selenium is assimilated better by the organism.
Do not take more than 200 mcg of selenium a day, because in high quantities it can be toxic.
9) Take the molybdenum.
It is a trace mineral in the body that helps to detoxify from sulfites that can trigger an asthma attack. You can take it by eating beans, lentils and peas. Alternatively, you can take a multivitamin or a single supplement. Always follow the dosage instructions in the product. Generally, the recommended daily dose is equivalent:
– For children up to 13 years: 22-43 mcg/day.
– For people over 14 years: 45 mcg/day.
– For pregnant and lactating women: 50 mcg/day.
10) Identify the triggering causes.
Keep a diary for at least 2-4 weeks, noting the foods you eat and any reactions. Since the factors that trigger asthma vary from person to person, try to determine if to provoke it is a certain food and, in this case, completely avoid it in the future.
Keeping track of food reactions, you can also understand if you are intolerant to a dish or if there is some factor to trigger an attack. One study showed that 75% of children with asthma have food intolerances.
Foods that awaken asthma include eggs, citrus fruits, peanuts, chocolate, wheat (gluten) and dairy products.
11) Distinguish between food factors and food intolerances.
Usually, the food factors are the foods you are actually allergic to and which trigger reactions that cause an asthma attack. It is possible to diagnose a food allergy by undergoing a skin test. On the other hand, even food intolerances involve immune responses, but there are no diagnostic tests to determine if you are intolerant to a particular food.
If you have discovered that you are intolerant to a particular dish, you can benefit from it by eliminating it from your diet. By avoiding consumption, you have the opportunity to reduce the frequency and severity of asthmatic crises (especially those due to gluten and dairy products).
12) Follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
Once you have identified the foods to avoid, you must relieve the inflammation. Prepare and cook at home the foods you can eat so you can control their quality and avoid assimilating chemical additives, hormones and antibiotics. Try to choose organic food, as they are free of these substances. You should also reduce sugar intake, as it can lead to weight gain and promote inflammatory processes. If you plan to follow a diet that helps you reduce inflammation, consider:
Complex carbohydrates and fibres through consumption of whole grains, beans, peas, flax seeds and vegetables;
The lean proteins, coming from white meat without skin and fish such as salmon, cod, haddock and tuna (they are also excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids);
Reducing consumption of red meat and animal fats;
Consumption of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
13) In Kitchen use anti-inflammatory spices.
Spices not only give flavour to foods, but it has also been shown to reduce inflammation. Do not take risks if you season your dishes with the right amount of spices unless you are intolerant to a certain plant. If you’re not sure, try first with a pinch. If you do not show any allergic reaction within a couple of hours, do not hesitate to use it. To reduce the inflammatory process due to asthma, kitchen with:
– Garlic and onions;
– Turmeric and curry;