Natural home remedies for asthma
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways of the lungs that become inflamed, narrow or swell up which makes it difficult to breathe. According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma. Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children. Over 80% of asthma deaths occur in low and lower-middle income countries. With an increase in environmental pollutants, rate of obesity, use of preservatives, adulteration of food and stress levels, there has been a sharp rise in asthma, allergies, and gastro esophageal reflux disease.
Conventional medication manages the problem, however, asthma needs to be treated at its roots, to prevent flare-ups. Food can be extremely powerful and beneficial in fighting asthma and providing relief without any side- effects.
Home remedies for asthmatics
Time needed: 25 minutes.
- Garlic and Onion
These are nature’s very own antibiotics to treat asthma. Onion and garlic stimulate the excretory organs, for the assimilation of food to strengthen the lungs. Onions are very rich in a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called quercetin that helps relieve allergies. A prominent researcher Dr. Walter Dorsch, found that onions have a direct anti-asthmatic effect due to the presence of thiosulphates that have very active anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies show that magnesium relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract. In fact, children who are deficient in this mineral are at a higher risk of developing asthma. Dark green vegetables are highest in magnesium and are packed with chlorophyll. Include 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds in your daily diet. Also figs, anjeer, banana, cashews, and dark chocolate are good sources of magnesium.
- Round flaxseeds or Alsi (Hindi)
This is one of the most powerful foods of the universe. Two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil can treat acute asthma very effectively. Flaxseeds are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.
- Vitamin D and C foods
Decreased levels of this very important nutrient have shown the prevalence of asthma in children and adults. Several studies show an association between low levels of vitamin D and decreased lung function. Try to get natural sunlight daily so your body can make up for the deficiency, also add supplements if needed. Vitamin C helps in decreasing the inflammatory responses in the airways and also lessens the spasms of the bronchial passages. Research also suggests that vitamin reduces wheezing and breathlessness. Eat mangoes, guava, tomatoes, papaya, oranges, amla, and green vegetables.
- Licorice root or Mulethi (Hindi)
It has been used historically to treat asthma. It has been used in Chinese medicine to improve lung function, reduce bronchial secretions and energize the body. Tea made with licorice root is helpful to relax the bronchial tubes.
Curcumin present in turmeric is very effective in bronchial asthma. It dilates blood vessels for better airflow. It also lowers the activity of inflammatory enzymes LOX and COX 2 to provide relief from asthma. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper powder to a glass of water. Drink this first thing in the morning to get relief from breathing disorders.
Foods To Avoid With Asthma
Food is very effective in treating several diseases. Similarly, certain inflammatory foods need to be eliminated, that may provoke allergies;
- Avoid dairy: Even if you don’t have allergies to dairy products, still avoid them, completely as they encourage mucus production and block your airways.
- Sugar, junk food & processed food: These are all inflammatory foods that encourage allergies and trigger asthma.
- Do not eat cold food and chilled water as this will tighten your airways. Eat smaller meals to keep pressure off your diaphragm.
- And finally fear anxiety, and stress triggers asthma attacks. Keep stress levels low as it has become a major cause of modern-day diseases.
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