You’re doing something around 23,000 times EVERY single day. But incredibly most of the time you aren’t even aware you’re doing it.
In fact, you probably just did it several times while reading that last paragraph without realizing it. Yet it’s literally keeping you alive.
I’m talking about taking a breath, of course. And it’s so automatic that we don’t even have to think about it.
Well, that is until it isn’t effortless any longer. Because during an asthma attack, as you gasp for air ALL you can think about is breathing. Which is the case for the 25 million folks battling this breath-stealing disease.
And make no mistake about it asthma is a killer. More than half of the people living with the disease suffer from attacks which could turn deadly.
Chronic inflammation triggers asthma
But if you or someone you care has asthma, new hope may have just been uncovered in one of the most unlikely places.
According to new research, published in The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, a drug-free way to slash asthma symptoms could be hiding in the seafood case at your local grocery store.
Chronic inflammation is at the heart of this disease. It causes your lungs to become inflamed and swollen. And the narrowed air passages make breathing more difficult.
But then during an asthma attack things get even worse. Sudden muscle spasms clamp down so hard it can start to block your air flow. You’re left gasping and wheezing for air. And an emergency inhaler is often the only thing that will bring relief.
But even though the crisis is over the damage can hang around. Because inflammation is also behind the long-term lung damage that occurs with asthma.
And that’s where this new research comes in.
Omega-3s could slash asthma symptoms
Australian researchers discovered that the omega-3s in fatty fish could help. The natural anti-inflammatories slashed asthma-linked swelling and lung damage.
For the study, the researchers recruited a group of children with severe asthma. Half of the volunteers received 150 grams of fatty fish such as salmon, trout, or sardines twice a week for six months. And the other half just continued eating their regular diet.
At the end of six months, the kids who had eaten the fish twice a week had…
- improved lung function
- significantly reduced inflammation
While the volunteers who didn’t eat more fish saw no improvements.
More research is needed to see exactly how eating more fish will affect adult asthma sufferers. But there’s every reason to believe the results would be similar.
And besides, there are plenty of other good reasons to add more, wild-caught, fatty fish to the menu including brain and heart health.
But don’t stop with eating more fish. Because while it could help slash your asthma symptoms, it’s not all you can do.
Natural methods to manage asthma symptoms
Following are three other natural ways to help manage asthma symptoms.
Bosweilla: Several studies have found the herb Bosweilla can help relieve asthma symptoms for some folks. In one study, this ancient Indian remedy provided symptom-relief for 70 percent of the asthma sufferers who took it. And an animal study revealed the likely reason why it worked. Researchers found that the herb naturally reduces airway inflammation.
Vitamin D: A meta-analysis revealed supplementing with vitamin D could help reduce severe asthma attacks. When researchers analyzed the data from several randomized controlled trials, they found folks taking vitamin D had fewer attacks requiring steroids.
Buteyko Breathing: Many experts recommend Buteyko Breathing to help reduce asthma attacks. This method of conscious breathing can help you slow your breathing rate while regulating your rhythm. Buteyko experts say it helps prevent “over-breathing” or taking in too much oxygen which can trigger an asthma attack. And many sufferers agree it helps reduce their asthma symptoms.
Start by sitting straight, with your feet flat on the floor, and your hands in your lap or on the arms of the chair.
- Take a normal breath, through your nose. (NOT be a deep breath.)
- Exhale through your nose, not your mouth. Use your diaphragm to exhale completely.
- Take a shallow breath, through the nose again. It should be about a 2-second inhale. Then stop.
- Exhale for 5 full seconds, using your diaphragm to exhale completely.
- Do not inhale for 5 seconds.
- Repeat starting with step 1. Continue for several minutes.
Aim for 20 minutes a day of Buteyko Breathing.
Don’t let asthma run your life. Take some control back starting with a simple diet change. If you’re not a fish fan, you can try omega-3 rich fish oil or krill oil supplements instead.
And if you’re still battling asthma symptoms, try these other drug-free tricks too.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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