Monday, May 27, 2013

Trouble shooting your Asthma and nutritional solutions

When you have Asthma it means that your immune system has been activated. It is an inflammatory response that constricts your bronchioles which can result in coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and/or chest tightness.

Medical doctors treat this condition with dangerous immune suppressing steroidal drugs.

I think it is an unwise idea to shut down the body's immune system. When we shut down the body's immune system we are more susceptible to sickness and/or disease. We are playing with fire when we do such things.

I do believe there is use for these type of drugs for emergency purposes and people with asthma should have these on hand incase of severe asthmatic attack.

If you would like to figure out how to solve this chronic problem though there is a way to do so.

Since asthma is the result of the immune system being activated, we want to find out what is activating the immune system. What is getting into the body that is causing this inflammatory immune response ?

There are only 3 ways that things can get into the body. Through the nose, mouth, or skin.

1) You can inhale something that causes an immune response.
2) You can absorb something through the skin (rare).
3) You can eat something that is causing an immune response.

The majority of the time it is what we are eating that is causing an immune response.

The most common food allergens or immune activating foods are dairy, wheat, peanuts, and soy, but any food (no matter how healthy)can cause an immune response.

The first strategy is to find out what food is causing your immune system to be activated and eliminate that food.

The second strategy is to use anti-inflammatory nutrients.

The most effective way to find out what food is triggering your asthma is to keep a food diary.
Write down every food or drink that you ingest and the time that you eat it.
You should also write down how you feel after you eat that food. 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours after you eat that food.

Look for digestive symptoms like gassiness, bloating, belching, indigestion, heart burn.
Look for any skin reactions.
Look for any other reactions in the body including the asthma.

 If I had asthma I would take advantage of these excellent digestive strengthening and anti-inflammatory supplements.

Magnesium glycinate-300mg 2 times per day (anti-inflammatory & has a relaxing vasodilating effect )

Omega 3 Fatty acids-you can do this with Fish oil (make sure the brand you take filters out the mercury) or 1-2 tbsp of flax seed oil or 2-3 tbsp of chia seeds per day (divided doses)

Vitamin C  1,000 mg 3 times per day (anti-inflammatory & immune support)

Vitamin E mixed tocopherols- 400 IU per day (make sure that it does not contain soy oil which is a GMO Oil and that it contains mixed tocopherols. Also make sure that it is not made of dl-Tocopherol which is derived from coal tar.)You want the Vitamin E to say d-tocoherol and mixed tocopherols.

Selenium: 200 mcg per day. selenomethione is the best form.
You can also obtain 200mcg of selenium by taking 2-3 brazil nuts per day.(however selenium content varies depending on the soil that the brail nuts were grown in)

Probiotics-8 billion bacteria before breakfast and before bed time when stomach acid is at its lowest.
(this will help you digest food better and also increase your friendly bacteria which can strengthen your immune system.)

Digestive Enzymes- take with every meal. (this helps you digest food better)

Multivitamin-It is important to take a multivitamin supplement so that you can utilize the

*This blog has been inspired by my teacher Pharmacist Ben Fuchs who is the most informative medical professional I know and who I learned so much from.
You can visit his blog and radio show below

Disclaimer: The information written here is for educational purposes only and is not meant to treat or diagnose any disease. The statements in my blog have not been approved by the FDA. Seek a proper healthcare professional for this condition. This blog is protected by free speech.

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