A quick video of a couple simple home remedies for asthma:
How Do You Get Asthma?
Asthma is believed to be caused by a mixture of environmental elements and genetic factors. While you can’t control your gene pool, you can control the things around you that may trigger your asthma.
The more allergies you have, the more likely hood that you have asthma. Smoking when you are pregnant, using antibiotics early in life, and having cockroaches in your home can increase the chances of you getting asthma.
Studies have shown that people who have asthma also may have eczema and hay fever. People who are overweight tend to have worse asthma than healthier people.
This may be due to the extra weight pressing down on the lungs of the person, but this hasn’t been proven. Age is not a factor when asthma, in fact you can get asthma at any age.
Asthma Treatment At Home
Asthma is mostly controlled in the home by using asthma inhalers. There are 3 types of inhalers:
1.Metered Dose Inhalers- These are the most common asthma inhalers that even people without asthma are familiar with.
It has a counter on the back of the inhaler to let you know how many puffs you have left. Each puff has a precise amount of medication that is delivered. Once all the puffs have been depleted the inhaler id discarded.
The MDI (metered dose inhaler) consists of a metal canister and a mouth piece.
2. MDI With Spacer- This is very similar to the above inhaler, but there is a spacer that make it easier to get the right dosage. This is Ideal for children or people who may have a hard time using an MDI.
3.Dry Powder Inhaler- There is no need to pump these type of inhalers. You simply twist the inhaler and put your mouth onto the inhaler and breathe in.
The other way people treat asthma in their home is by using a nebulizer. These machines turn a liquid into a mist, in our case it turns our medicine from liquid to something we can breathe in.
Also I remember when I was a kid my parents rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub on my chest and it helped a bunch, so something to think about.
Asthma Home Remedies
If you have medical insurance please talk to your doctor and get medicine from your doctor. If you can’t afford medicine or health insurance these may help:
- Cloves- Boil 6 cloves in a pot with a half of glass of water, then add a spoonful of honey. Take the liquid twice daily for maximum effect.
- Ginger- Ginger is great for many aliments mix equal parts honey,pomegranate
, and ginger into a liquid. Drink the liquid three times a day for maximum effect.
- Figs- Soak dried figs overnight in water. When you wake up in the morning eat the figs and drink the water.
- Coffee- You need to drink the coffee black and not eat creamer or add sugar. Dairy will produce extra mucus and sugar will cause inflammation. You need to drink it when its hot. Exercise caution though, not so hot it burns your throat. The coffee will help to break up the mucus. Don’t drink more than 2 to 3 cups.
- Eucalyptus Oil- Take a few drops of the oil and boil in a cup of water, and inhale the steam.
- Honey- You can mix a tablespoon of honey with hot water and drink it three times a day or you can just inhale the aroma of the honey.
- Onions- Onions are really great for inflammation, just eat them cooked or raw it doesn’t matter.
- Fish- Fish make your lungs stronger so you can better fight the symptoms of asthma.
How To Stop An Asthma Attack Naturally
Ok so you have forgotten your asthma inhaler or you can’t afford one, hey it happens no judgement here. So now your in a sticky situation, an asthma attack with no medicine.
So what do you do? I’ve used these exact steps when my asthma acts up so lets get into it shall we?
6 Steps that Can Save Your Life
- Sit Up Straight- Hunching over can restrict your air flow, and make it harder for you to breath.
- Take Slow Deep Breaths- This will stop you from hyper ventilating.
- Keep Yourself Calm- This will keep your muscles from tightening up and having a panic attack.
- Move To A Different Area- Asthma is usually triggered by something in your surroundings, so if you move your surroundings your symptoms should get better. That is unless it’s pet hair on your clothes, something to think about.
- Drink A Hot Drink- This will give you relief for a few hours, hopefully long enough for your symptoms to subside.
- Seek Medical Attention- If your symptoms don’t get better, go get help. If you don’t have insurance go to your local emergency room they can’t refuse your by law.
Worst Foods That Trigger Asthma
Foods can actually trigger an asthma attack. If you are allergic to a food obviously you don’t want to eat it. If you’re not sure it may be best just to avoid these foods. Here is a list of some common foods that may trigger an asthma attack:
- Shellfish, shrimp, and fish
- Nuts from trees
- Soy or wheat
- Chicken eggs
- Milk from cows
Food Preservatives And Asthma
Food preservatives are mostly used in the processing of foods. It helps to keep the food fresh and gives a longer shelf life on food.
These can also trigger asthma attacks. Here are some examples of foods that may have preservatives:
- Vegetables and fruits that have been dried
- Prepared and packaged potatoes
- Beer & wine
- Bottled lemon and lime juices
- Shrimp( any kind of shrimp)
- Foods that have been pickled
Symptoms Of Food Allergies
Here are some signs to look for if you think you may be experiencing a food allergy:
Best Foods For Asthma Patients And Lungs
Although food can cure your asthma, it can help lessen the symptoms.
Apples- Eating an apple a day can help your asthma. Experts think it may be due to the Flavonoids in apples. This may be why they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Cantaloupe- Rich in vitamin C cantaloupe can help with lung damage.
Carrots- Great for your eyes but they also may reduce the symptoms of exercise induced asthma.
Coffee- Alright so technically coffee isn’t a food, but the bean is so that counts right? Coffee can help your symptoms subside for a few hours. There is a lot of speculation of whether this actually works or not, I have asthma and have used coffee and it helped me. I can’t say for sure if it will help you but it did help me.
Fruits For Asthma
Fruits are great for asthma. As we discussed earlier apples are great for asthma, but lets discuss some other fruit:
Avacado- Great for inflammation and can stop symptoms from starting in the first place.
Spinach- High in magnesium, which is why the experts think it could help asthma.
Kale- Helps muscles from contracting during an asthma attack.
Banana- There was a study with children eating a banana a day, and they had their symptoms reduced by 34%
Water- Some experts believe that asthma symptoms are just the body being dehydrated, so drink up maybe it will help.
Elderberry- Helps to block histamines.
Foods For Asthmatic Children
These foods are great for children with asthma:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Grapes and Nuts
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In addition, you should avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup, high in sugar, or dairy. This is because they actually cause inflammation, and can make asthma worse.
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