Information and facts on Asthma

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Asthma is a lung disease that involves blockage of airflow. During an asthma attack, the bronchi in the  lungs will get smaller and make it hard to get the air out of the lungs. Normal symptoms of an asthma attack are coughing, tightness in the chest area, and difficulty in breathing. the number of people suffering from asthma has risen by almost 30%. People with asthma maybe not getting enough B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, or manganese. Exposure to chemicals often is a problem for people with asthma and they should avoid things like urethane, polyurethane, rubber epoxy resins, car fumes, cigarette smoke and other forms of pollution. Dust mites in carpets, furniture, and your bed can also be a problem which a good vacuum can help get rid of. It is very helpful for asthma sufferers to reduce their stress. Emotions like worry and fear can cause asthma attacks. It is also good to avoid eating foods with sulfites.

The spasms that characterize the acute attack are not the cause of the disorder, but a result of chronic inflammation and hypersensitivity of the airways to certain stimuli. An attack may be triggered if a vulnerable person is exposed to an allergen or irritants Common asthma causing allergens include: animal hair/dander, chemicals, drugs, dust mites, environmental pollutants, feathers, food additives such as sulfites, fumes, mold, and tobacco smoke, but any kind of allergen can precipitate an asthma attack in a susceptible individual Other things that can cause asthma attacks include: adrenal disorders, anxiety, changes in temperature, exercise, extremes of dryness or humidity, fear, laughing, low blood sugar, and stress. A respiratory infection like bronchitis can also be a factor. Whatever the specific triggering mechanism, it causes the bronchial tubes to swell and become plugged with mucus This inflammation further irritates the airways, resulting in even greater sensitivity, the attacks become more frequent and the inflammation more severe.

Asthma specialists speculate that rising levels of environmental pollution lead to a higher incidence of asthma. Asthma epidemics related to atmospheric contamination situations in which dust and chemical particulate matter are abundant, especially in enclosed environments are well known. Occupational exposure to problem substances, chemicals such urethane and polyurethane, used in the adhesives and plastics industry; rubber epoxy resins from paint; welders' cloth cleaners; fumes in auto body shops; dry cleaning chemicals; and others may also be a major risk factor.

A predisposition to asthma may be hereditary. In the last 10 years, the number of Americans with asthma has increased by over 30%. Today, asthma affects over 10 million people (3 million children and 7 million adults), or 4% of the USA population. Children under 16 and adults over 65 are more likely than other people to suffer from asthma. Among children, the incidence of hospitalization for asthma has increased fivefold in the last 30 years; the rate for adults has doubled. Asthma can be difficult to diagnose conclusively. Its symptoms may resemble those of other diseases, including emphysema, bronchitis, and lower respiratory infections. To distinguish asthma from other conditions, a physician may recommend blood tests, chest x-rays, and spirometry (a procedure that measures air taken into and out of the lungs).

With prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment, serious danger from asthma should be preventable. Cardiac asthma is a condition that causes the same symptoms as other types of asthma, but is caused by heart failure. Intrinsic asthma, a less common form of the disease, generally appears during adulthood, is often associated with other respiratory diseases such as bronchitis or sinusitis, and tends to appear during upper respiratory viral infections. People who suffer from intrinsic asthma are normally vulnerable to changes in weather, exercise, emotional stress, and other factors related to their inner feelings that can make the asthma worse.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Flax seed 10 source of essential fatty acids that are required for the body's production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Omega fatty acids and GLA are also useful and all of these can be found in some products that combine all these together in a omega blend.
B vitamins 10 B vitamins are important in that they help to reduce inflammation and are also needed by the nervous system. B6 will boost the immune system. Supplements with natural vitamin B can help with asthma. Vitamin B also helps with digestion, depression and allergy problems.
Ginkgo biloba 9 herb which has active ingredient ginkgolide B which has been shown to be helpful
vitamin A 9 helpful for tissue repair and to strengthen the immune system
vitamin E 9 very good anti-oxidant for healing 
vitamin C 8 helps with immune function and healing in the body
Magnesium 8 helps reduces body stress and is needed to balance out calcium, a good natural multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will have both. Magnesium also may help increase lung capacity.
Calcium 9 this mineral helps people with asthma and allergies helping with the stress caused by the body's reaction. (See also magnesium)
Carotenoids 9 these are free radical scavengers that help stimulate the immune system and asthma sufferers normally need immune system help. Supplements made from fruits and vegetables are a good source of carotenoids.
Pantothenic acid 9 is an anti stress vitamin to aid with asthma
Pyridoxine 9 vitamin B6 aids with asthma and allergies
vitamin B12 9 reduces lung inflammation
Bioflavonoids 8 protects the body from allergens and helps to moderate inflammatory responses by the body of the person with asthma. Supplements made from fruits and vegetables are a good source of bioflavonoids.
Frankincense resin 8 helps to calm the body and is good for the respiratory system
Myrrh resin 8 promotes healing and it works well with frankincense and aloe vera
Selenium 8 helps rid the body of free radicals related to air pollution. The mineral selenium can normally be found in a good natural supplement.
Methionine 8 antioxidant for healing and reducing free radicals


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.