You NEVER get used to it.
You can live your whole life with asthma, but those moments when that crushing weight lands on your chest and squeezes the air out of you never become routine.
Even if you’ve managed to avoid asthma, you could get hit with a nasty surprise later in life with COPD. Like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, can also flare-up and take your breath away.
More than 25 million Americans battle asthma every day. And if you’re among the 1 in 5 seniors with either asthma or COPD, I know you ALREADY do your best to prepare for those hard to breathe moments.
You probably even know some of your triggers and see them coming.
But new research reveals a trigger you might never expect – one that sounds more like urban legend than human biology.
Because this one can cause an asthma attack or COPD flare-up even when it happens MILES away.
Look to the SKIES to spot an asthma flare-up
Maybe you’ve noticed it yourself. How certain WEATHER patterns can spell bad news for your asthma or COPD symptoms.
And maybe you’ve even told someone about it and gotten a skeptical stare in return to make you feel like a kook.
Well, my friend, I’ve got news for you today. You’re NOT a kook at all.
In fact, you hit the nail on the head. As new research reveals how certain types of weather events not only can set the stage for an attack, they could also send you to the hospital.
The new study finds that stormy weather – especially thunderstorms – can trigger asthma and COPD flare-ups, including some pretty severe ones.
It’s not the thunder itself. It’s the conditions that accompany a storm.
The high winds can toss around pollen spores, and even cause them to rupture. If you’re sensitive to them, then the crack of the thunder could be followed by that gasping for breath.
The risk is so big that the study estimates 3,000 hospitalizations for asthma and COPD flare-ups are due to storms every year.
Breathe easier with these easy solutions
But I’m not sharing this research to just reassure you about your own sanity. I ALSO want you to use this opportunity to get ahead of the weather… the triggers… and the flare-ups.
That means keeping a close eye on the forecast, especially this time of year as stormy weather hits more often. If you see it coming, make sure your rescue inhaler is handy and anything else you use to manage your asthma or breathing issues.
But there’s also more you can do, such as breathing exercises.
This isn’t just mind-over-matter stuff. These exercises can actually sometimes help stop the onset of asthma and COPD attacks and lessen the severity when they do arrive.
Check Google or YouTube for “pursed-lip breathing,” proven in studies to fight both asthma and COPD flare-ups. I like this one by the American Lung Association.
There’s also one more trick you can try that can boost lung function… and you’re not going to believe how easy it is. I’ve got the full scoop right here.