Asthma Causes and Cures
EXERCISE INDUCED ASTHMA
The most common problem for seemingly fit athletes, both professional and recreational, is exercise-induced asthma, says William Storms, a Colorado Springs asthma specialist, who has worked with recreational and competitive athletes.
Storms estimates 10 percent to 12 percent of competitive athletes have exercise-induced asthma and that it is probably as common among those who jog, work out, hike or bike for fun. In exercise-induced asthma, bronchial tubes constrict, cutting off oxygen flow to the lungs. The person feels tired, may get a side-ache and physical performance drops.
"It is probably underdiagnosed and undertreated," he says. Someone who regularly gasps for breath or coughs after strenuous exertion may have exercise-induced asthma.
Exercise induced asthma comes along with precursors of a subtle sometimes undetectable constricted chest and poor breathing coordination.
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Avoid the classic allergen foods from shrimp, celery, peanuts, egg whites, almonds, chocolate, milk, red meat (mucous) and bananas before exercising. These foods have been found to increase the chances of suffering an asthma attack.
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ALTERNATIVE HEALING REMEDIES -
May or may not be helpful.
Netti pots help rid the sinuses of pollutants.
Biofeedback Training • Flower Remedies • Guided Imagery • Meditation • Qigong • Yoga
Aromatherapy: During an attack inhale bergamot, camphor, eucalyptus, lavender, hyssop, marjoram. Try frankincense for calming.
Ayurveda: • Make a tea from one-half teaspoon of licorice and ginger in one cup of water. • To relieve congestion and cough and alleviate breathlessness, try one-quarter cup of onion juice with a teaspoon of honey and one-eighth teaspoon black pepper. • Between attacks you may fortify the body with tonics such as ashwagandha, shatavari, gotu kola, licorice. • The Ayurvedic compound triphala is also recommended.
Homeopathy: Antimonium tart., Nux vomica.
Juice Therapy: Get Norman Walker's book on juice fasting. Periodic fasting on juice or distilled water and lemon juice may be extremely helpful. • Carrot and spinach • • Radish, lemon, garlic, comfrey, horseradish mixed with carrots and beets • Lemon juice and water first thing in morning • Grapefruit. Get a juicer at a discount
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Respondents were given a variety of nutrients and foods thought to help relieve asthma symptoms. Apples and Vitamin E were found to be the most effective. Among their other more biochemical and enzymatic benefits apples help toxin and waste elimination by giving the colon the fiber it needs to broom sweep the colon and rid the body of debris that can back up into the system and overload the lungs.
Vitamin E can be obtained through vegetable and seed oils, nuts, whole grains, wheat germ, and green leafy vegetables plus supplementation. 800 units daily recommended.