Asthma is a serious respiratory disease that literally leaves its victims
breathless. People with asthma usually have a combination of problems in
the lungs: bronchial muscle spasms, swelling of the mucous linings, and
increased mucus production. When a susceptible person is exposed to a
trigger, such as environmental irritants, allergens, heavy exertion, or
even anxiety, the passages inflame further and block air from flowing
freely, resulting in an asthma attack. In a severe attack, a person who
doesn't receive emergency medical care can suffocate.
In America, the number of people with asthma has increased by one-third in
the last decade, probably because of pollution, the effects of emotional
stress, and a Western diet that's high in additives, meat products, and
fats, all of which can cause inflammation and excess mucus production.
Alarmingly, the incidence of asthma continues to rise among children. It is
most common in children under the age of ten.
Diet, nutritional supplements, bodywork, and other therapies can go a long
way toward preventing and relieving asthma, but if you suffer from this
potentially life-threatening disease, you also need to be under the care of
a good doctor.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
Omega 3, 6 9
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Essential fatty acid formulations that contain flaxseed
oil, fish oil, or a mixture of omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty
acids are helpful for preventing asthma. Take as directed
on the container. It may take four to eight weeks for you
to notice an improvement. See All of our Omega products in
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Super Prescription # 2
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Take 250 mg two to four times daily. Reduce the dosage if
loose stools occur. Magnesium relaxes the bronchial tubes
and improves lung function. Nutrition-oriented doctors may
also use magnesium intravenously for acute asthma.
Super Prescription # 3
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Take 1,000 mg two to four times daily. Reduce the dosage if
loose stools occur. Vitamin C lessens spasms of the
bronchial passages and has anti-allergy benefits. Use a
non-acidic product, such as calcium ascorbate.
Super Prescription # 4
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Take 500 to 1,000 mg twice daily. Astragalus is used to
strengthen the lungs and to prevent respiratory infections
that can trigger asthma. Do not use if you have a fever.
Super Prescription # 5
Antioxidant – Super Antioxidant
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Take as directed on the container. Antioxidants decrease
inflammatory responses of the airways.
Super Prescription # 6
Enzymes – Super Enzymes
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Take a full-spectrum enzyme product with each meal to
improve the absorption of nutrients and decrease reactions
to foods. Take as directed on the bottle.
Tightness in the chest
Loss of sleep due to coughing and blocked airways
Increased heart rate
Constriction of the muscles in the bronchial airways
Inflammation of the mucous linings
Increased mucus flow
Triggers that bring on an attack vary from person to person but most often
Allergies, either environmental or food
Pollution and irritants
Infections (colds, flu, or other respiratory infections)
Heavy physical exertion
Poor digestive function
Important: If you experience a severe asthma attack, get emergency help
at once. Have someone call an ambulance or drive you to the hospital,
where you will receive medication to open your air passages.
While it may take some discipline, following an anti-asthma diet will
reduce inflammation and the clogging of air passages. If you have trouble
getting started, try the detoxifying fast recommended further on. It will
help break your addiction to unwholesome food and will allow you to "hear"
clearly what your body needs.
Note: Check with a pediatrician or a holistic doctor before
eliminating any food group from a child's diet.
Eat a simple, light diet, based on foods that don't promote mucus
production: raw vegetables and fruits, seeds, whole grains, lean poultry,
and fresh fish.
Carotenoids are antioxidants that have natural antioxidant and
anti-inflammatory benefits. They are found in dark-green leafy vegetables
and deep yellow and orange vegetables.
Studies show that children who eat fish more than once a week have
one-third the risk of developing asthma.
Garlic and onions have anti-inflammatory properties and are a savory
addition to vegetable dishes.
A glass of clean water every two waking hours will help keep your system
clean. Water is especially helpful after an asthma attack to break up
Ground flaxseeds are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty
acids. For children over five years of age, use 1 to 2 teaspoons, and for
adults, the dosage is 1 to 2 tablespoons daily.
Foods to Avoid
It is most important to discover whether certain foods provoke allergic
Even if you don't have an allergy to dairy products, eliminate them from
your diet. They encourage the production of mucus that plugs your airways.
For the same reason, stay away from sugar, junk food, and fried and refined
Do not eat foods that contain additives or preservatives. This means
avoiding processed foods, dried or smoked foods, and salad bars, which are
often sprayed with preservatives, such as tartrazine (yellow dye number 5),
red dye, sulfites (as found in dried fruits), benzoates, and monosodium
Never eat frozen or extremely cold foods, which can cause the muscles in
your airways to tighten.
Keep pressure off your diaphragm by eating small meals and by avoiding
foods that cause gas, such as beans and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli,
cauliflower, and brussels sprouts are the most common offenders).
Every three months, consider doing a three-day vegetable cleansing juice
fast to expel mucus. Also, daily consumption of super green foods, such as
chlorella and/or spirulina, is recommended.
Mild to moderate exercise will increase your ability to take in
oxygen, so get in a daily walk or other activity. Cold air can
trigger an attack, though, so either wear a mask over your face and
mouth during the cold months or exercise indoors.
Perform deep breathing exercises every day.
Use a HEPA (high energy particulate air) filter to clean the air in
your room and home.
Have the air vents in your house professionally cleaned each year.
Wash all bedding in hot water one to two times weekly to remove
dust and dust mites, which can trigger asthma. Use allergy-proof
coverings for the bed mattress, the pillow covers, and the box
Vacuum twice weekly with a HEPA filter vacuum. Consider removing
carpets and rugs, especially in the bedroom, and replace with
non-toxic wooden or laminate flooring.
Avoid all sources of smoke.
Update: Omega 3 - Fish Oil Allows Asthmatic Athletes to Catch Their
Breath - Article
Vitamin C - Take More = Less Medication for Asthma Sufferers - Article
Vitamin C for Asthma, A Must! By Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins
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