Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Asthma Control

The airways in the lungs close during an asthma attack
Warning: Always take your medication as prescribed by your medical practitioner.

What happens when you have an asthma attack

When you experience an asthma attack, the airways in your lungs contract, that is, get smaller and tighter. This makes it harder for the air to get in and out. The airways become inflamed and fill with mucous. This mucous blocks the airways even more.

Why do your airways contract?

Your airways are more likely to contract when you are anxious, have a viral infection or are exposed to allergens. Allergens are something that upsets your system. Your reaction to the  allergens is a tightening of your airways.

There are many allergens that can affect people. They can be specific or varied. You may react only to one thing, or you may react to many different things. Everybody id different.

If your immune system is lowered you are more likely to react to more and more triggers.

Some common triggers are pollen, smoke, dust, chemicals, cold air, latex or aspirin. Find out your own triggers and avoid them if you can.

How to Boost your Health
By boosting your immune system and general overall health hopefully you will be able to say goodbye to asthma.

General Recommendations

Take a Magnesium supplement. Magnesium is known as 'the great relaxer'. It relaxes the muscles and vessels in your body. By having a plentiful supply of magnesium in your body, the muscles and airways are relaxed, not tight and ever on the alert for the next thing that will come along to trigger a reaction. Very many people do not have enough magnesium in their body because our diet does not supply it any more.

It is generally recommended to take at least 400mg of magnesium daily. Take this in divided doses. One in the morning and one at night.

Vitamin C is another important natural remedy. It is an antioxidant. Our bodies do not make Vitamin C. Guinea pigs are also not able to make vitamin C and need a replacement. All other mammals can produce their own vitamin C. Who would have thought we had a similarity to a guinea pig?

Selenium is a mineral, a trace element and another important supplement.  We need very little of trace elements in our body, but we still need them. Take up to 200mcg. Notice this is mcg which means micrograms. It is a much smaller quantity than milligrams. Check any other vitamin/mineral mix you may be taking as selenium is dangerous if you take too much. 200 mcg is enough. Selenium is also good for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME or any other immune system illness.

Other articles that you may find interesting about asthma
Are You Worse for Windy Weather?
Asthma and Magnesium
Asthma and Tissue Salts
Mould can bring on Asthma

More next time, Cheers

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