Asthma is thought to affect more than 300 million people world-wide. And is suspected of taking the lives of more than 250,000 sufferers in 2009 alone. Those statistics alone are enough to show you how important it is to get your asthma under control. For most people displaying mild symptoms this respiratory inflammatory disease can be controlled by using a fast acting rescue inhaler but some patients require other medications needed daily to control the symptoms andprevent repeated asthma attacks.
How to treat asthma naturally
Ways to prevent asthma attacks naturally or in day-to-day life are often overlooked, even by those who suffer from severe asthma. However there are a lot of things you can do with lifestyle, diet and other everyday changes that can help prevent and or limit the occurrence of symptoms of an asthma attack.
It is unlikely that you will find a Home remedy for asthma attacks that will eliminate or cure your condition or the symptoms altogether. But there are things you can do that can help. In this article we will go over some of the methods, techniques, and lifestyle changes you can try that may help show you how to prevent an asthma attack or alternative ways on how to treat asthma naturally.
To start let's cover some things you can try at home to eliminate the symptoms and lessen the occurrences of asthma attacks.
Eliminating Your Triggers
The triggers may vary from one asthma sufferer to the next and they can be affected by a number of different factors including: pet dander, dust, pollen, mold, chemicals, pollution, allergies, smoke - to just name a few. One of the best ways to eliminate these triggers is with regular, thorough and careful cleaning. Pet dander, dust, pollen and other asthma triggers can become embedded in furniture, fabrics and carpet which can then be released into the air you breathe in simply by walking through a room or sitting down. To eliminate these factors one should partake in; regular vacuuming - with a HEPA filtration bag, careful dusting (perhaps with the assistance of dust trapping sprays), filter replacement and air purification. Avoid smoking and being around second hand smoke. Staying indoors when the pollen and pollution levels are high or wearing a face mask to help reduce the amount of pollution and pollen you're exposed to outdoors.
One of the most common pieces of furniture that can have a serious impact on those with respiratory illnesses and is way too often overlooked are mattresses. If the mattress is unable to be cleaned and sanitized look into asthma and allergy friendly bedding alternatives.
Eating to Avoid an Asthma Attack
Having a diet rich in the following vitamins and minerals is said to help improve some symptoms of asthma. Always note that just because vitamins or minerals are natural that does not mean they are always safe and increasing your consumption of any supplement, vitamin etc should always be discussed with a health care professional first to avoid complications or unknown side-effects.
Iron - this can be readily found in legumes, red meat, dried fruit, liver
Vitamin E - some fortified cereals, sunflower seeds
Vitamin C - citric fruits and juices, broccoli, strawberries
Selenium - seafood, liver
Magnesium - legumes, seafood, dark green veggies, nuts and soybean
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil has also been said to aid in the reduction of acute asthma instances and symptoms. Try to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into your regular diet (after consulting your physician). Some good sources include,but are not limited to:
Hydration and Beverages
Maintaining a good level of hydration through the intake of beverages such as water can help prevent an asthma attack. Some beverages such as those containing dairy can produce more mucus secretions which in some cases can trigger an asthmatic episode or breathing difficulties for individuals.
Control the Humidity
The humidity in the home can have negative effects on those with weakened or lowered lung capacity, breathing or respiratory issues. Whereas the humidity itself may not cause issues higher humidities promote the growth of molds and fungi that can have negative repercussions on those with respiratory conditions.
Though, for an asthmatic - especially one who suffers from exercise-induced asthma (EIA), exercise can be an action that triggers an asthma attack, and is therefore not right for all. For individuals (check with your doctor to find out if this includes you ) who don't suffer from EIA exercise may be able to help reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks. Exercises can aid in improving lung function, strength and capacity. It is important to talk to your doctor about incorporating exercise into your lifestyle and whether or not it's right for you before attempting any form of exercise if you're asthmatic.
Studies done by the EPA as well as other organizations have linked hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks (as well as other health conditions) to pollution. By utilizing an air purifier or purification system in the home it can help to remove asthma causing triggers, pollutants and chemicals from the air they breathe.
Signs of an asthma attack can include tightness or discomfort in the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing, episodes of coughing that may worsen with a cold, flu or may be accompanied by shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, excessive or thick mucus.
Vaccinations and Preventions
Many medical professionals claim that it may be especially important for asthma sufferers to get a flu shot.Any individual suffering from a serious lung conditions, such as reversible obstructive airway disease etc., (as well as those with Bronchiolitis or weakened immune systems ) are suggested to discuss the benefits of the flu shot with their doctor. This conversation can show if and how it can help prevent asthma attacks as well as other respiratory and medical conditions.
Always consult your physician before starting, supplementing or stopping a treatment or remedy. This article is not intended as medical advice and does not provide a cure, diagnosis or treatment for asthma.