Yourself Against Asthma

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If you have sudden sessions of shortness of breath, you have asthma.

When a speck of light dust, smoke, or the smell of any exotic flower or perfume makes you hum, cough, and choke, you have asthma.

These are just a few of the allergens that can disturb your nasal passage.

Other irritants are exercise, pollution or contamination, a sudden change in the weather, cold, or any infection of the airways.

Although asthma attacks can be scary, there is no need to panic.

In addition to following your doctor’s medications, there are specific suggestions you can follow to prevent asthma.

First, you must protect yourself against dust mite allergies and hay fever.

Implement the following measures:

Practice yoga: the practice of simple yogic breathing, in which you breathe out twice as long as you inhale, can prevent future asthma attacks. This technique has proved to be very useful.

The effect of this breathing is similar to that obtained with the use of a corticosteroid inhaler.

To do this breathing, close your eyes, inhale and exhale naturally. Pause without holding your breath for a second or two before the next inhalation.

This will allow the expiration to be completed naturally.

Do not try to breathe deeply or slowly. But if there is a need to breathe deeply, you can do this until you can return to breathing exercises.

Avoid sleeping on a full stomach: sleeping on a full stomach can make asthma worse.

Asthma can also be induced by gastric reflux, which occurs when gastric acid returns to the esophagus.

This causes the contents of your stomach to regurgitate into your mouth and then flow into your airways when you are lying down or sleeping. Avoid fatty snacks and take an anti-acid to reduce stomach acid.

Theophylline drugs can also aggravate asthma, increasing stomach reflux.

If you are taking this medication and are having stomach reflux problems, consult your specialist to reduce the dosage.

Observe your food sensitivity: eating or smelling certain foods can trigger an asthma outbreak in some people.

Foods like milk, eggs, seafood, and nuts are the main culprits.

Eat plenty of fish: Eskimos rarely suffer from asthma.

Therefore, some researchers conclude that overeating fish can prevent asthma.

The fish most likely to have an impact on asthma are fatty omega-3 fish, such as sardines, mackerel, and herring.

Take several vitamins: Taking a good vitamin/mineral supplement and having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help; some nutrients have been shown to prevent asthma.

People who take vitamin C and zinc are less likely to suffer more than others.

Increase your intake of citrus fruits, broccoli, and peppers to get vitamin C and meat, crab, and oysters for zinc.

Get relief from caffeine: coffee has been shown to help people with asthma.

It has the same effect as theophylline. A cup of regular strong black coffee will have a beneficial effect on asthma.

But do not use caffeine as a substitute or in conjunction with other medications and should always be used in an emergency.

When you have no medical instructions otherwise, you can have 2 cups of conventional strong black coffee for instant relief.

You can get relief, albeit slower, with hot chocolate or milk chocolate.

Remember to always consult your doctor before implementing any homemade solutions, be well.

Originally published at on October 11, 2020.

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