Asthma! One word that can make life incredibly difficult from those who suffer from it.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease that affects your respiratory system and lungs, causing swelling and narrowing of the airways. As these airways narrow, less air is able to pass through making it difficult to breathe.
As well as difficulty breathing, other symptoms include wheezing (a hissing sound when you breathe), coughing, muscle spasms (around the airways), mucus production and chest tightness.
What causes asthma?
There are many causes of asthma, ranging from genetics to a large array of environmental factors, or a combination of both. Asthma sufferers are much more sensitive to allergens such as smoke, pollen, dust, strong fumes or odours and animals just to name a few.
Other factors that can trigger an attack include stress, obesity, weather, medications and exercise. Exercise can sometimes stress the airways creating swelling and/or gasping for breath, so while it is important to do exercise to increase your lung capacity, it must be in a way that is supported by your body.
How can I live with asthma?
Asthma is a manageable disease and there are many ways that people can live a happy and fulfilling life with it. If you suffer from persistent asthma attacks, it is important to remove all factors that can make your asthma worse.
Using a peak flow meter will allow you to track how well air is expelled from your lungs. You simply blow into the device and it gives you a reading which you can note down each day to try and track any patterns.
Exercise can help keep you fit and healthy, but it is important to take into account the following factors:
● Avoid sudden changes in activity by warming up and cooling down for at least 10 minutes either side of your workout.
● Stay hydrated. Dehydration impairs breathing.
● Stay warm and cover up. Cold can cause difficulties breathing so try covering your mouth and nose with a light scarf to help you breath in warm air.
● Try swimming. The warm air above the water helps with breathing.
● Look at the weather. If it’s too hot or cold, or it’s allergy season, try working out indoors.
Medical treatment for asthma sufferers usually involves breathing in medication through an inhaler to reduce swelling and inflammation in the airways. This can be an extremely effective method especially in quite severe cases however as I always say, prevention is better than a cure.
I also find a menthol lozenge helps with soothing aggravated bronchial tubes if you suffer asthma when you get a cold.
Have you found any remedies that work for you which we haven’t mentioned here.
Julie Lewin – a world renowned Medical Intuitive started her journey in the art of intuition in 1984. She appeared in four episodes of the TV show “The Extraordinary” which was syndicated to 22 countries. She’s a published author, Amazon #1 Bestseller and has a Bachelor in Metaphysical Science. Julie won the Our Internet Secrets Business Builder Award 2013, has founded a charity, and runs transformational retreats.