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7 Way to get your Asthma Under Control for Good!

7 Way to get your Asthma Under Control for Good!

By Tete Munalula

Asthma is a lung disease that causes difficult breathing. When there’s an obstruction in the flow of air to the lungs, an asthma attack occurs. Breathing alkalises the system. Treatments for breathing problems can be worse for some people.

In America, 5000 people per year die of asthma. However 4000 out of the 5000 people die from the medication given for asthma.  So it is important to find out what naturopathic treatments there are when conventional medicines fail us. There are many naturopathic ways to help manage asthma.

Elimination

For long term control and prevention, it is advisable to eliminate foods containing transfats. These include fried foods, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, processed foods, genetically modified foods.

Also cows milk and dairy products should be replaced with plant based milks and red meat should also be avoided.

Salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates,and artificial food preservatives and flavourings should be eliminated from the diet. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco. Remove foods high in tryptophan (soy, bananas, turkey) and avoid nitrates – processed meats, bacon hotdogs. Anti bionics increase your chance of cancer, so it’s good to avoid them whenever possible.

Water

If you are dehydrated and not drinking enough filtered water, the lack of water vapour  in the lungs will cause the airways to contract and the lungs to produce more mucus – causing an asthma attack .  Studies have shown that drinking 1-2 litres of water a day keeps the lungs hydrated reducing chances of having an attack. It is important to avoid chlorinated water and have only filtered water.

Dietary choices 

Asthmatics should consider fermented foods like Kefir. Healthy living bacteria can help to  strengthen the immune system and protect you. They should also increase their intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Eating ginger and turmeric regularly will help to reduce airway inflammation.

A diet high in beta carotene and antioxidants such as lemon, pumpkin, squash, mangos, dried apricots, oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow and orange pepper is advisable for asthma sufferers.

Beta carotene converts to vitamin A, which is a powerful anti cancer and vital for lung health.  It is anti – cancer and also helps to maintain good eyesight. Foods high in vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and Selenium are highly recommended. These include kale, brazil nuts, chia seeds, broccoli, brown rice, spinach and citrus fruits.

Blood

It takes 90-120 days to rejuvenate red blood cells. Clean red blood cells are needed for healthy oxygen transfer for healthy lungs . Beetroot is known for its blood cleansing properties so juicing with beetroot and drinking herbs like burdock root will maintain healthy blood and lungs.

Lifestyle

Oil pulling has been said to be useful for asthma sufferers. Pulling toxins and bacteria that are draining your health and energy out of the body. Acupuncture, breathing exercises and meditation are also advised.

Bee pollen can also help with asthma. Take can daily it can help reduce swelling and inflammation, reduce airborne allergens and strengthen both lung tissue and function.

Supplements 

Vitamin A, C, E, zinc, selenium, MSM, magnesium, b complex, digestive enzymes (low hydrochloric acid is common in asthma sufferers) Quercetin

Herbs

Wild cherry, liquorice,aniseed, comfrey root, burdock root, grindelia are all useful herbs for asthma sufferers.

About The Author

Hello my name is Tete Munalula and I am a student from Southwest London studying Naturopathy!

My love for herbs and natural medicine began when I travelled across India in 2012. Upon my travels, I began reading the theory of Ayurveda, Panchakarma and ancient medicinal practices.

I carried a little pouch with my Ayurvedic oils with a list of their uses and I began to forget about my bag of medicine that I brought from England with me.

The herbs made me feel more in tune with nature and that made me want to study it further. As soon as I got back to England I tried to find an Ayurvedic course which was pretty hard but I then found a naturopathy diploma which I am studying now.

I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome in 2013 and in 5 months I managed to reverse my PCOS by changing my diet, lifestyle, using herbs, and using the principles that I was taught in my first semester of my naturopathic course.

My experience was inspirational to myself as I saw firsthand how powerful nature is if your believe in it.

I am pleased that Jessica has given me the opportunity to share my story on the GOM website, and I hope my story would be inspirational to others! Please lookout for any other articles I have to share on here!

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