Published: 07/29/2018 - Updated: 01/30/2019
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic disorder that causes the air ways to contract and become inflamed, occasionally creating excessive phlegm. This response is triggered when the body is exposed to an environmental stimulant, an allergen like moist air, exercise or effort, emotional stress, and others. These attacks can be short or, in some cases, can last for several weeks.
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling as if you were suffocating
- Chest tightness
What causes asthma?
Asthma can be caused by several things; bronchial asthma is thought to be caused by severe colds, while cardiac asthma is related to heart problems.
How is it treated?
For bronchial asthma, it is recommended to adopt a diet completely free of dairy products derived from cows, foods with wheat, such as breads, crackers, cakes, etc., and foods that contain refined sugar, especially in drinks (most importantly light drink), as well as bottled juices.
Diet: It is important to have a diet based on fresh fruit and dark, leafy vegetable juices. Drink soy and coconut milk. For cardiac asthma, emotional problems are what need to be addressed. It is also recommended to follow a diet according to the same recommendations listed previously, while also eliminating stuffed meats and saturated fats.
Avoid: eating excessively. Have a small dinner, while eating more frequently throughout the day, including lots of salads. Avoid over-cooking vegetables, and do not season your foods too much.
Garlic and asthma
Your diet should definitely not last garlic if you are asthmatic. Take garlic every morning (you could take capsule form, but I recommend fresh), or even just taking it every three days works wonders for treating asthma. Chew a clove of garlic in before breakfast, without eating anything else for the next 20 minutes.
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Beneficial herbs for asthma
Comfrey root, American Elm, mullein, and eucalyptus are especially beneficial for asthma. You can make an infusion with lemon, and bougainvillea with a little bit of pollen. You can sweeten the mix with some propoleo, which is actually helpful in both cases of asthma. You must drink this warm, just before bed. Children love this.
TRY: avoiding stress, do not push yourself too much, and don’t get to the point of mental exhaustion and wanting to control everyone and everything.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 01/30/2019
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