Written by Tete Munalula
Asthma is a lung disease that causes difficult breathing. When there is 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 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.
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, and genetically modified foods. Also allergens like cows milk and dairy products should be replaced with plant based milks and red meat should be avoided. Salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates,and artificial preservatives and flavourings should be eliminated from the diet. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco. Remove foods high in nitrates – processed meats, bacon and hotdogs. Anti bionics increase your chance of cancer, so it’s good to avoid them whenever possible.
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 allergens like chlorinated water and have only filtered water.
Asthmatics should consider fermented foods like Keffir. 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 vitamin that is vital for lung health. Vitamin A is also anti cancer and 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.
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. Parsley, apples, dandelion and kale are also good for cleaning the blood.
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.
Vitamin A, C, E, zinc, selenium, msm, magnesium, b complex, digestive enzymes (low hydrochloric acid is common in ashma sufferers) Quercetin.
Wild cherry, liquorice, aniseed, comfrey root, burdock root, grindelia are all useful herbs for asthma sufferers.