As anyone who has ever played sports with me assuredly knows, I have suffered from intense asthma just about my entire athletic life.
Due to this, I have discovered numerous natural remedies to help subdue my asthma, along with the other medications that I generally must take from the doctor.
I wish I could treat my asthma completely holistically (and it certainly is a future goal of mine), but combining aspects of holistic medicine with modern science has helped me manage my asthma now better than ever!
Asthma can be considered as an inflammatory condition in the lungs, which causes minor to severe difficulties in breathing. It has been identified that more than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma at this point in time, and is a condition which is seemingly growing in our population.
Even though the exact reason behind asthma is still unknown, it is known to be triggered by many factors including weather conditions, respiratory infections, air pollution and allergies.
Common symptoms associated with asthma include chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.
Here is a list of 5 foods and drinks which I can personally attest to being useful in helping alleviate asthma symptoms.
Ginger is a natural herb which can treat a variety of health conditions, including asthma. The unique properties of ginger can reduce inflammation in the airway, which is responsible for contraction.
By reducing this inflammation, someone suffering from asthma will instantly be able to breathe better and more consistently.
I am personally a huge fan of ginger tea, as well as adding raw ginger to my various smoothies I make throughout the day. Warm (not hot) ginger tea is especially helpful for easing my asthma during the winter.
It is also possible for you to eat raw ginger by mixing it with salt, but this can be a little difficult to take down.
Coffee can be pretty amazing, with a uniquely huge amount of potential benefits. This is what I would consider to be a 2-way street for asthma symptoms. In the correct dosage, caffeine has the ability to help your body control regular asthma attacks.
In fact, the caffeine content that can be found in coffee can work as a bronchodilator. When you drink hot coffee, you relax the airways in your throat which facilitates breathing.
Espresso is especially useful for this, and is generally a mainstay for me before practices in the winter time.
Another one of my favorite types of coffee is Bulletproof Coffee. If you haven’t heard about this before, check out my article on the benefits of bulletproof coffee!
However, if you end up pushing the level of caffeine too much, you can overstimulate these same muscles in your throat. This could end up closing your throat and making you asthma worse overall.
Moderate your use of this tactic, but remember it certainly can be useful when used correctly!
Just as coffee, avocados are a natural wonder to our word with an extensive list of benefits for the human body. Avocados are a fruit, which has a high concentration of L-glutathione.
As a result, it can be considered as one of the best anti-asthma foods available out there. Moreover, the unique properties of avocados can assist you in staying away from free radical damage.
It can also detoxify the body and make sure that your body is free of pollutants and other harmful materials.
From various studies, it has been identified that avocado assists in quelling inflammation, which can alleviate asthma symptoms in the long run.
Reducing inflammation in your body overall is vital for alleviating asthma symptoms. Avocados have multiple pathways to doing this, and are a staple in my diet for this reason.
Having a banana a day can keep asthma away from you. This fact has been proven from a research that was conducted by a group of researchers from the Imperial College London. As
per their study, a group of students who were suffering from asthma symptoms have been asked to consume one banana per day, and the conditions were observed after several weeks.
At the end of the research, they discovered that the asthma symptoms were reduced by 34%! Moreover, bananas have a higher concentration of fibers, which can help people to stay away from respiratory conditions; which are related to asthma.
Personally, I eat a banana or two almost every single night before bed to maximize my results.
I have found that I sleep much more soundly when doing so, and I wake up with much more fresh lungs. Due to my breathing difficulties, I often find myself waking up at night short of breath.
Eating one or two bananas each night has proven to be greatly helpful for me in alleviating this, along with the immense amount of other benefits of bananas.
Dehydration can be considered as one of the major culprits of asthma, and my number one piece of advice is to make sure that you’re always well hydrated. You need to be careful to drink clean water as much as possible, otherwise, the asthma symptoms could get worse.
Even in the United States sometimes our tap-water may not suffice for those with asthma, as even small changes in water quality can cause issues.
Personally, I can feel an immediate difference in a drop in my hydration levels, and my lungs begin to suffer the consequences quick. You should drink about 8 clean glasses of water per day in order to alleviate asthma symptoms successfully.
Concluding Thoughts – Holistic Remedies for Asthma
Especially in the winter time, asthma is difficult to live with. There are no two ways about it. If you do not want to be taking massive amounts of medicine for your entire life, it takes a strong commitment to a precise holistic diet to deal with asthma symptoms, and it still may not be enough.
I have personally found a great deal of help from these tips listed above, and I hope you do too!