Natural Remedies for Treating Asthma

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Natural Remedies for Treating Asthma

Last week I spoke about asthma and offered a few tips for problems with asthma. This week I want to recap the asthma issue as there are so many sufferers around the globe. Asthma is no respecter or age or nationality. It attacks folks from all walks of life. It, especially, puts a blight on a healthy and carefree life for children. But, there are a few natural remedies for treating asthma.

University Study in Scotland Encourages Young Asthma Sufferers to Exercise

In an 18-month study conducted by university researchers in Scotland, a direct correlation was found between asthma sufferers and physical activity.  Professor Brian Williams, director of the unit, reported activity levels among healthy young people in most industrialized nations to be on the downfall. Sufferers of asthma are further down the scale as children with asthma are less likely to participate in physical activities. On the contrary, Professional Williams said: “Studies show that young people with asthma can exercise safely if appropriately treated and can significantly improve their cardiovascular fitness and quality of life by doing so.”

Vitamins for Treating Asthma

Exercise is great but there are also a few other remedies that can be used to help asthma sufferers. A bit of chili pepper added to the diet has been known to help ward off frequent asthma attacks. Chili pepper has also been used to break up an attack as it helps the airways become less sensitive to various irritants.

The following vitamins have also been recorded as helpful in alleviating problems with asthma:

  • Vitamin C helps the bronchial tubes to expand.
  • Beta-carotene (Vitamin A) helps heal the epithelial lining of the respiratory tract.
  • Vitamin E keeps inflammatory compounds from forming in the lungs and airways.
  • Magnesium helps the bronchial muscle to relax.
  • Selenium helps the bronchial tubes to stay flexible.
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is useful in alleviating symptoms of asthma.
  • Vitamin B6 is helpful for the prevention of wheezing and asthma attacks.
  • Vitamin B12 helps the lungs and airways to function more effectively.

Most of these vitamins are antioxidants and are found in fruits and vegetables. Adding more fruits and vegetables to the diet has been very beneficial for sufferers of asthma.

Home Remedies for Treating Asthma

An increase in fruits and vegetables can do wonders for relieving symptoms of asthma. The following home remedies (recorded in Juicing for Life by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane) have also been found helpful:

  • Two tablespoons of lemon juice mixed in water and consumed before meals
  • Ginger tea made by simmering a piece of ginger root in water and consuming before meals. (Ginger tea can be sweetened with honey and flavored with lemon.)
  • One teaspoon of red onion juice (can be mixed with a little honey) taken every hour during an asthma attack.
  • Placing the hands in hot (not scalding) water during an attack.

Do you know any home remedies for treating asthma? Feel free to share below.

 

 

 

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Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.