Asthma & Natural TherapiesEmbracing natural therapies that have been shown to be effective can almost certainly reduce the frequency of symptoms, minimize severe acute attacks and reduce reliance on drugs.
Common triggersThere is no known cause of but there are certain triggers that can set off an attack. Avoiding these triggers if possible can help control asthma. These triggers can differ between individuals.
- Allergy related – house dust mites, moulds, pollen and pets
- Cigarette smoke
- Colds, flu and other respiratory infections
Other triggers can be:
- cold air, change in temperature
- work related eg. wood dust, chemicals, metal salts
- certain medicines eg. Aspirin, some blood pressure drugs
- stress and high emotions
Some interesting facts:
- Over 2.5 million Australians have asthma – about 1 in 10 adults and about 1 in 9 or 10 children.
- Asthma and allergies are closely linked. Asthma is more common in families with allergies, but not everyone with asthma has allergies.
- Adults of any age can develop asthma, even if they did not have it as a child.
- Some people have asthma during childhood, but later have very few or no symptoms as adults.
- Many preschool children who wheeze do not have asthma by primary school age.
- Indoor and outdoor pollution (including moulds, gases, chemicals, particles and cigarette smoke) can increase the risk of developing asthma.
- Athletes can develop asthma after very intensive training over several years, especially while breathing air that is polluted, cold or dry.
SymptomsThe most common symptoms are:
- wheezing – a continuous, high-pitched sound coming from the chest while breathing
- shortness of breath – a feeling of not being able to get enough air
- a feeling of tightness in the chest
- coughing – alongside other symptoms
Nutritional SupportThe following vitamins and supplements can help to reduce your dependence on asthma drugs.
- Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that increases immunity and decreases inflammation. Some research suggests that consuming more vitamin C reduces wheezing and inflammation.
- Magnesium - Magnesium helps the relaxation and dilation of bronchial airways thus reducing the severity of attacks and symptoms like muscle-spasming activity.
- Omega-3 fatty acid - Omega-3 is mostly found in oily fish and nuts and seeds. Omega-3s help lower the incidence significantly because they reduce airway inflammation and immune system reactivity.
- Vitamin D - Vitamin D is important for the immune system, strong bones and lung health. Vitamin D helps to improve the lungs' response to steroids -- medications used to reduce airway inflammation in asthma. It also reduces the severity of attacks
- Coenzyme Q10 - CoQ10 has been shown decrease both oxidative stress and asthma symptoms. Also, it may reduce some long-term side-effects of glucocorticoid medications.
- Flavonoids - The plant flavonoid quercetin—found in apples and onions— lowers inflammation and is a powerful antioxidant. Quercetin has been shown to inhibit histamine release also.
- Folate (vitamin B9) reduces allergic reactions and inflammation. It might be able to lower wheezing.
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) isinvolved in healthy adrenal function and stress plays a large role. It’s needed in larger quantities by asthmatics because they seem unable to utilise this vitamin correctly.
Bernadett Healy – NutritionistBernadett is a qualified Nutritionist and Kinesiologist offering scientific, evidenced based nutrition with functional testing, mind set coaching and kinesiology to get to the root cause of your health issues. Her area of practice is in chronic health conditions caused by mould, sensitivites and in childrens’ health. With a background in financial services, her interest also extends to stress management and fatigue in high pressure corporate work environment. Book an appointment with Bernadett
- National Asthma Council Australia,https://www.nationalasthma.org.au
- Clinical Naturopathic Medine, L Hechtman, 2012 Elsevier Australia
- Vitamin D supplements may reduce asthma severity, H. Whiteman 4th October 2017.https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319617.php