Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Managing Asthma Naturally

Did you know that increasing development of allergies and asthma may be largely due to the more sterile environments we are now living in, our increased use of antibiotics, anti-bacterial soap, and even vaccinations?    This theory is known as the ‘hygiene hypothesis.”  Please see:  http://www.hygienehypothesis.com/

Besides living in  an overly sterile environment, other triggers that lead to the development of asthma include environmental toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, and mercury), and even unresolved emotional issues. 

Research has shown asthma drugs have undesirable side effects, for e.g. increased risk of developing cataracts, adverse effect on your mineral and bone density, and weakening of your immune system.  However, according to Dr. Mercola, D.O, the good news is that asthma can be prevented or managed naturally with the following:

Apples and Selenium:
Research shows that eating two apples per week can decrease your risk of asthma by 22 to 33 percent. And people taking highest levels of selenium (54-90 micrograms/day) have found to be half as likely to develop asthma compared to people taking least levels of it (23-30 micrograms/day)

Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which may reduce the risk of asthma by decreasing the levels of free radicals in your body.

Healthy Exposure to Bacteria and Viruses
Exposure to bacteria and viruses during early childhood may be protective against development of asthma.

Breast Feeding
Research has found that introducing milk (other than mother’s milk) to a child younger than 4 months can lead to the development of asthma.

Avoid Antibiotics
Scientists have shown that antibiotics can change the balance of microbes in your gut, as a result impacting the way your immune system responds to common allergens in your lungs.

Avoid Fish
Eating fish frequently has been linked to asthma, most likely due to the mercury in the fish. 

Omega-3
Avoid fish, but supplement your diet with omega-3 fish oils. Research has shown that omega-3 reduces inflammation and thus it may reduce risk of chronic diseases.

Sources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/08/8-drugs-doctors-would-never-take.aspx
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

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