In response to an unknown trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues. Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. Examples of autoimmune diseases include:
Hello everyone have you ever felt stuck in a rut where you just try or do anything and everything to get out of it and it just does not seem posssible? weather it be spiritual, financially or just having a better way of life for you or your immediate family. in those moments that you feel hopeless and almost like you have your hands tied behind your back or perhaps mental fog has set in your mind or way of thinking.
most of the time is that we are trying way to hard to accoplish those goals or task at hand. but we have to realised that we must take a step back and relax take a breather let our minds take a mental break in the process becuase you will bet burned out if not.
Here are afew things that you can do to give your mind a break.
2. Go out for a walk weather it be with friends just around the block maybe to a park were they might have a track field. Going to the beach and taking in the sounds of the waves and the sounds of the seagulls and just the ambient noise that is soothing and calming to the soul..
3. Going hiking enjoying the great outdoors sothing that will lift your spirits and will give you a sense of hope a sense of accomplishment.
4. Get together with friends that will make you happy and will give you hope that will encourage you to accomplish whatever itr is that you are trying to do. friends that are in the same mental level as you or higher sos that your thincking or your brainstorming gerts challenged and find results to issues that you might not be capable at all by yourself.
5. Staying in good health is possibly the biggest challenges amongs everyone. We have so many temptations as far as foods this is were our will really gets tested. we must make those choices now because in the long run that will catch up with us and we will definitely pay for it..
Please leave a comment below i would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
Happiness is subjective; what makes one person happy won’t necessarily make another one feel the same. But even being subjective in defining our individual criteria for happiness, there are still some basic essentials we all need to live a happy life.
Health in 3 Forms
This is a universally accepted essential. Your health is the most important component of happiness. It isn’t just physical health that is required for happiness but mental and emotional as well. Without these three forms of health, your chances of happiness dwindle. You are surviving and not living. Keeping yourself healthy in all ways is essential. Make every effort to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.
Money is probably one of the most debated essentials for happiness. We have all heard, the repeated saying that money doesn’t buy you happiness. It’s usually said by the very people who seem to have made a very happy life for themselves by having a great deal of money!
You don’t have to be a billionaire to be happy, but a certain amount of money does help you to have a more positive outlook on life in general. It offers you a safety net. You don’t have to worry about not being able to meet your mortgage payments or losing your home, not having money to repair your car and not feeling desperate when a small financial crisis hits.
Certainly, having enough money to be able to take care of yourself and those you love is an added security.
Money itself isn’t evil, and it is an essential. It can buy you time to pursue goals and dreams, and there is also nothing wrong with living a certain lifestyle that adds to your happiness quotient.
You don’t need 50 BFFs to make your life happy nor do you necessarily have to join all the online social networks. What you need is people in your life who care about you and vice-versa. People with whom you can laugh, cry, hug, touch, kiss and share life. Statistics have always shown the positive benefits of having healthy relationships in life whether it is with friends or in a romantic partnership. We can include our pets in this essential since they are companions whose love for us is unconditional.
Contentment at Work
Note the word contentment. You don’t have to love your job but you have to derive a certain level of satisfaction from what you do, and a feeling of enjoyment during most of the work-day. Will you have days of frustration? Absolutely! But on the whole your job should be more than just a paycheck to you.
If you are in a job that you truly hate, (and we have all had that experience at one time or another), make solid plans for leaving. Keep looking for the job you really want, be prepared for opportunity and stay as positive as you can. Find a ‘bit of heaven in your hell’ and know that this is temporary. Life changes, it only stagnates if you give up.
Love and Accept Yourself
Self-love gets a lot of bad press because it keeps getting confused with the word selfish. There’s a world of separation between the two words. Love and acceptance of self is a key essential for true happiness. If you are accepting of who you are, warts and all, you are on the road to a happy life. This doesn’t mean that you won’t want to make changes in your life, it simply means that you know who you are, know your strengths as well as your weaknesses, and want to do what will best suit you to live successfully and happily.
The right to happiness is a basic one. You deserve to be happy simply because you are alive. The idea of what constitutes a happy life, however, differs from person to person; we are, after all, individuals. But the five essentials of health, money, relationships, contentment at work and self acceptance form the basis for creating happiness for yourself.
Try putting them into practice and see what changes they bring to your life.
A busy schedule, waning motivation and tough workouts can all make you think twice before heading to the gym. While missing one day of exercise won’t completely derail your process, making it a habit can. Before you skip a workout, consider your motives. When in the name of rest and recovery, skipping a day can be beneficial. When the result of a lack of motivation, missing exercise can hinder your progress.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle or simply live a healthy lifestyle, exercise is an integral part of your health. Exercise helps to keep your heart strong, burn calories and increase your energy level, so it’s important to create an exercise routine that you’re comfortable with and that you can commit to on a daily basis. Missing one day here and there won’t negatively affect your overall health and wellness, but it could be the start to a dangerous habit of skipping exercise on a more regular basis.
When you’ve participated in a strenuous workout, such as endurance running or weightlifting, giving your body a day to recover can help you come back stronger. Continuing strenuous exercise when your muscles and joints are sore could result in injury. Still, just because you engaged in high-impact exercise doesn’t mean you should automatically skip your next workout. Interspersing days of high-impact training with days of lower-impact exercise methods can help you stay healthy, on track and injury-free.
When you’ve worked out recently, it can be tempting to allow yourself to take a day or two to avoid the gym and participate in other hobbies. But getting off track can make it difficult to get back on once again. Making exercise part of your daily routine is what turns it from a daily annoyance into a daily habit. Stay motivated by setting easy-to-achieve goals and offering yourself incentives. For instance, if you go to the gym every day for a week, you get a pedicure or a new top. This helps you get your foot in the door even when you don’t necessarily feel like working out.
Even if you don’t feel like going to the gym, it doesn’t mean you have to do without exercise altogether. On days where you’re tempted to skip a workout, plan another physical activity instead. Whether it’s a pickup game of volleyball at the beach, a hike or even parking far away from you building, it doesn’t have to be formal to be exercise. By making a conscious effort to move your body more, you’ll be able to squeeze in exercise on days where your motivation is lacking.
As someone who suffered from long term chronic illness, I found that looking for health became much easier once I understood why I was sick. When I realized what I had been doing to myself, it became crystal clear to me why I was suffering. While everything is perfect in nature, what we have become by moving away from it is not. It has created suffering. WE have created suffering.
Being sick is not natural, being healthy is. It is what we are designed to be. There is nothing natural about having a body that is imbalanced, tired, sick and in pain.
There are no so called dis-eases in nature. There are no animals with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or asthma. I have never read or heard of any wild animal suffering with any so-called chronic disease. They are not allergic to the foods that they eat, and they do not get fat and tired. When they get sick, from bacteria, or a trauma, they lie down and rest, drinking only water, so that their body can heal and restore. Regeneration is therefore supported, and nature can take its course. The first time I read this, I “knew” it was important.
You see, in nature, every species lives in harmony with Mother Earth. From living in harmony with sunrise and sundown, the seasons are honored, and food is gathered and killed for survival. Eating is not linked to suppressing emotions or feeding different types of addictions. Nature has a perfectly harmonic way of existing, and the further away from that harmony that we stray, the more trouble we are in. The further from truth that we wander, the more despair we will experience. As a species, we as humans keep drifting away from our natural path. This is where healing got lost and dis-ease manifested.
Our path has been lost to us in many different ways, and we are now living the sum of our actions and ignorance. We are experiencing cause and effect, pure and simple. The cause being not honoring creation, and the effects being illness, stress, pain and depression. Violence, anxiety, fear and frustration, are all part of the same manifestation. The one we as humans created, and we as individuals can change one step, one bite, one thought and emotion at a time.
From once living barefoot in nature, we are now living in high-rises, surrounded by wireless electromagnetic radiation. This is a huge deal for our cells. The electromagnetic noise is hitting us from many different sources. Our wireless communication devices, including wireless power meters, cell phones, cell towers, wireless routers and cordless phones, expose us to both electric and magnetic fields (EMF). Anything that has a cord, or a plug emanates an electric field. That includes all appliances, electric wiring, power outlets and extension cords. On top of this we are also exposed to power lines. Some are above the ground where you can see them, but many are below.
But what makes this such a health hazard? Why is this not something that our cells and vibration thrive from being around? Why are we suffering from living in this environment? I believe the key word is vibration. Our cells will get distorted from being exposed to a vibration that causes stress and dissonance. The frequencies are distorting the natural vibration of our cells, also inducing oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is simply defined as a disturbance in the natural balance between the production of free radicals and the antioxidant defenses. It is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons. They can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed, these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominos. They can then create real danger, even at the DNA level! Now the cells get sick and die, but this is where nature has a solution, the antioxidants. They are our defense system against free radicals, found in abundance in any living natural food. What we see as colors in living fruits are antioxidants.
So, you see, all we need to do is to look around, and we will realize how far we have drifted. From being a tropical species, born without any clothes or shoes, we are walking on rubber soles, covered from head to toe to keep warm and fashionable. We even need the shoes to be comfortable, for support. Our body was not made for walking without shoes, so we need support and padding, really? We are now disconnected from the vibrations of the Earth, from the negative ions that nurture our cells. All this EMF disturbance, the electromagnetic smog, is subjecting us to positive ions, disturbing our cells in their natural healing and regeneration. We are experiencing decay and cell mutation, instead of natural vitality and strength.
I will keep this simple, as that is all we need to know; simplicity. When we spend time surrounded by cell-phones, computers and power lines, we are out of calm. We are in a space of stress and degeneration. When we are in nature, we are in a healing space of harmony for all our cells. Simple, yet hard to live by in this modern world.
Our lives even include travelling by airplanes, walking around in high-tech airports, driving cars and busses, underground and over ground. We are constantly bombarded with the frequencies and energies of instruments and vibration. The artificial lighting and the recirculated air are contributing to more cellular and mental stress. This might all sound very depressing, and in a sense, it is.
We are sick as an effect of our lifestyles, as a direct and honest effect. We are living the life that we created.
We even made food our enemy, so to speak. We made food something that is no longer nurturing and healing. What we eat affects every single cell in our body, positively or negatively. We are being presented with what looks like food and is perceived as food, but in truth is not. Supermarkets are filled with boxes and cans, bags and plastic bottles, all filled with substances that are a burden to the human body. Processed and altered, filled with anything from plastic to wood pulp.
Our food is also genetically modified (GMOs), which means they have been manipulated using recombinant DNA techniques. It is not possible nor desirable in nature to transfer genetic material between organisms. The concept of genetic modification brings about alterations in genetic composition, and in the properties of the organism developed. The technique is highly mutagenic and leads to changes in the DNA and the proteins produced by the GMO. Is this what we want to serve our children? Even seeds are being altered today. We are tampering with nature, creating mutation of cells, and a body that does not even recognize what we eat, as food. It’s all poisons rather, and that is serious business. The DNA being altered and the tampering with our food also leads to toxic and allergic reactions. Nature is perfect as it is, and by altering any part of it we create trouble, big trouble.
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are presented within about 70 percent of processed foods: Our corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, and sugar beet-based ingredients. According to “Seeds of Deception”, GMOs can cause organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. (Learn more here.)
We are merely scratching the surface of understanding what altering and tampering with our foods are doing to us. We are accepting the most dangerous paths of them all, the road of starvation and self-poisoning. Yes, starvation. Unless we are eating fresh produce, we are not serving the body the nutrients that it needs. Instead, we are eating what will keep us malnourished by clogging up our system. We are consuming nutrient-lacking food that has been altered to the point of complete unrecognition, and the body will react to it as poison. It makes us constipated, as the body is trying to hold on to it, to store it away. Also, the lack of fiber and natural enzymes will leave the body unable to get rid of the waste created. Mostly we are not aware that the intestines are where most of the absorption happens, through the villi of the small intestines. Foods like pizza, bread, hotdogs, hamburgers, processed, powdered, canned, fried and baked are all a burden to our perfect machinery. Our bodies are not meant to be hit with such massive amounts of poisons.
We are suffering and being sick has become something normal. How could it not? We are feeding ourselves sickness, and that is what we are experiencing. Cause and effect, simple.
Visiting the fresh produce department can be very deceiving. The organic, naturally grown food, now has to be labeled for us to be able to find what used to be just food, it has to be labeled organic. Only a few see the benefits of paying extra money for clean food, but the number is constantly rising. The pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are not adding health to the table, so be aware. The amounts of poison served on our plates are over the top, and we are living the effects. We are on toxic overload. Our deli foods, like processed meat, are filled with Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate, linked to what has been labeled as cancer, which means it’s damaged cells. So, in reality, everything that we have talked about, the EMF´s, what is being sprayed on our produce, the GMO, are all making the body react in the same way, damaging cells.
We are damaging our cells by leaving out real foods, poisoning the body, but also by hindering elimination. Our great grandparents would have had a hard time recognizing 80% of what is today sold in a typical supermarket as food.
Through our food-choices and stressful jobs, we are headed down that same old road of dis-ease and so-called age-related discomforts. The whole scenario of chasing life itself has become an obstacle that needs to be overcome. We are eating what is not perceived as food, and we are living a life that is not in harmony with who we really are.
Can you see how many factors are impacting our health? And now that we are not feeling well, we go searching for what is missing. In all the wrong places. The search for happiness, the constant eagerness to perform and do good, is also stripping us of our natural calm and defense. The balance is lost between meetings and duties, house chores and social engagements. From being so conditioned into a life of doing, constantly striving for recognition and feeling good enough, we suffer from the lack of ever getting there. The chase becomes the life, and the suffering represents the lost path. Being happy is natural and being healthy is too.
It is clear as day, the burden we have created for our body and soul, and it is dark as night, the consequence that we suffer.
It is no longer natural to spend the day outside, and a great part of the world is living without being exposed to sunshine for months at the time. Too many have an indoor job, leaving them completely depleted of the life-giving sunshine we all need so much. Nature is perfect in creation, and we are a part of that perfection. Our houses are getting larger, and we go to health clubs to exercise. Instead of being outside where we would gain healing, restoration and fresh air, we stuff ourselves in these health clubs and fitness centers.
Our God given fresh air has also been polluted by geoengineering particulate (“chemtrails”) and most people are not even aware of this fact. Long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircrafts are called chemtrails and are believed to be chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed into our skies. This is a topic of much interest and controversy. You see, normal contrails dissipate relatively quickly, chemical trails do not. They leave a veil and then clouds, blocking sunlight. Fresh air is our lifeline. We are dependent on it.
Another topic of great concern for our health is vaccines. We are being bombarded with vaccine options and scare tactics, leaving us lost and in fear of living in a pure and natural way. We have been lead to believe that we need living viruses and bacteria, formaldehyde, mercury, human albumin, toxic levels of aluminum and much more, to protect our health. Instead, now we are looking at autism and neurological damage as a very possible effect of our acceptance of these shots. We are submitting our children to pure poison, and nature was never about us having to do anything to poison ourselves, never. This is how far we have strayed, and this is how numbed down we have gotten. This has become our normal, in this world where true health no longer seems to be on the agenda. I am not for one moment hesitant to say that vaccines are a hazard to our health. There are countless books written on the topic. And the helpless parents of children that change and never regain their health after their vaccinations are heartbreaking to read about. I honor Jenny McCarthy for being a spokesperson and a role model for vaccinated autistic children. She healed her son from vaccine induced autism. Yes, you heard me, autism!
Our so-called health system is based on chemicals and surgery, on poisons, taking out what is not working, and repairing by instruments. Always looking at the symptom, finding remedy by suppressing the symptoms, not true healing of the causes of dis-ease. A good surgeon is a true blessing, and the Emergency rooms save lives every single minute of the day. There is a place for all trauma and acute life-saving procedures, but the suppressing of symptoms we can do without. When you or anyone is labeled chronic, trouble is ahead. The body is in the need of healing, and the truth is now going to be hidden and buried.
So, you see, we need not wonder why we are sick, but rather spend our time and energy looking towards health and vitality. It is right under our noses, as it always was. We were never meant to be sick, it is not natural. When we are hurt, and we know that accidents do happen, we can still do our very best to live in harmony with nature and the Creation.
We need to look towards restoring our health, not the masking of symptoms. We are standing in line, holding out our hands for a pill. The pill that locks you in its prison, wanting and needing more. What we do not know can hurt us big time. The Health Food field has continued down this road of fixing symptoms, by producing isolates in form of chemically made vitamins and minerals. The body does not do isolates. Nature is perfect, and there are no isolates in nature. Our minds are affecting our ability to think, one might say, or our ability to reason. Health has become the largest industry in the world, and sadly Mr. Money is the captain of the ship. The ship is sinking, and we are all watching it go under.
As we have been misled and misguided, confusion and lack of self-love has also become a great obstacle to overcome when it comes to true health. By that I mean that not loving ourselves is why we are not treating ourselves with the best care that there is. This lack of self-love is what allows us to keep hurting and punishing ourselves. We need to realize that we are all worth it. We are all worth having healthy, amazing lives. It’s natural to be healthy, and happiness is a choice. You are worth it, every single bit of it. Every day, walking towards the life that you desire, you will realize that you are worthy. You just need to know that you want it, to start walking. And you just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other to get there. That is how we accomplish anything. One day at the time. One step, one bite, one thought and one spoken word at a time.
There was never anything wrong with who we were, or the way that we were meant to live. We became too smart, too greedy and too caught up in our minds to see where we were heading. Now we see, and now we know. When we know better, we can do better!
If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating the piercing pain, sensitivity to light and sound and nausea can be.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 38 million people suffer from them and more than 4 million who get them on a daily basis.
What you may not realize and what your doctor probably isn’t telling you is that migraines may be linked to your gut health. More specifically, the cause of migraines can be caused by “gut hyper-permeability,” a condition often dubbed leaky gut syndrome.
“Migraines are the result of a perfect storm,” said Dr. Vincent M. Pedre, an integrative and functional medicine doctor in New York City and author of “Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Eliminate Pain.”
Dehydration, not sleeping well, blood sugar fluctuations, artificial sweeteners, even a glass of wine can cause migraines. For women, hormonal shifts at the beginning of their menstrual cycles can be the culprit. For men, , an age-related testosterone deficiency known as “andropause” can trigger an incident.
Yet experts agree there are also inflammatory factors at play which can lead to gut hyperpermeability.
Leaky gut is activated by zonulin, a compound that our bodies produce to open up the tight junctions or the cells that line the inside of the intestines to let nutrients through.
When those tight junctions open up too much and allow undigested food particles and pathogens to get through, it elicits an immune response that can cause migraines.
Frequent use of antibiotics, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, an overgrowth of yeast and stress and food sensitivities can all increase the hyperpermeability of the gut.
Up to a third of people with leaky gut may not even experience GI issues, a common symptom of leaky gut syndrome, Pedre said.
What’s more, conventional NSAID pain killers like ibuprofen also increase intestinal permeability within 24 hours of taking them and also when they’re taken long term, according to a review in the Journal of Gastroenterology.
Stress, in particular, affects the production of gastric enzymes, which aid digestion. If you’re not sufficiently breaking down proteins and your gut is hyperpermeable, your immune system is exposed to partially digested proteins that lead to an immune response.
Foreign proteins can also make their way into the bloodstream because of your own unique genetic predisposition.
“Your immune system is essentially going to be attacked by those foreign proteins and your tissues could look similar to those proteins,” said Shawn Stevenson, a nutritionist in St. Louis, Mo. and bestselling author of “Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies To Sleep Your Way To A Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success.”
The same immune response that causes migraines can also lead to fatigue, along with the auras that precede migraines by one or two days or after the migraine has passed, Pedre said.
Gluten can increase gut permeability
“Most people can eat bread and gluten for their lives and not have anything they know to be a problem but that it doesn’t mean it’s good for them,” Stevenson said.
Although food sensitivities can trigger migraines, gluten, in particular, can cause hyperpermeability of the gut whether you have celiac disease, are gluten sensitive, or not, Pedre said.
If you suspect you have leaky gut syndrome, here’s what you can do about it.
See your doctor.
Leaky gut is controversial and not typically validated by conventional medical doctors so you should try to see a functional medicine doctor, integrative physician or homeopath who can help to identify the underlying cause of your migraines.
Although there’s a test—the lactulose mannitol test—to screen for gut permeability, it’s not perfect. Instead, your doctor will probably run a test to look for food sensitivities.
“If a person comes back with a whole bunch of foods they are reactive too, we know that they have a leaky gut,” Pedre said.
Do an elimination diet.
“One very powerful way to lower our inflammation in the body is through the diet,” Pedre said.
Talk to your doctor about a four-week elimination diet which excludes common food triggers and includes anti-inflammatory foods. Then slowly re-introduce the trigger foods and pay close attention to your symptoms. Although gluten might be the culprit, it can be something as inconspicuous as cinnamon, Pedre said.
Drink plenty of water.
Hydrating and re-hydrating after a workout or on a hot summer day is key to ward off migraines. When you’re dehydrated, the tiny capillaries in the brain get smaller, which makes it painful for the blood to pass through and circulate around the brain, Stevenson said.
Try bone broth.
Bone broth is trendy and experts say drinking it can help restore the gut microbiome. Chia seeds and okra are good choices too.
Supplements such as aloe vera gel powder, L-glutamine, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), fish oil and curcumin can help.
Eat probiotic-rich foods.
Try adding foods rich in probiotics into your diet like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir as well as prebiotic foods like Jerusalem artichokes, garlic and onion.
It’s one of the most difficult things to make room for in your life, but stress-reduction activities like yoga, meditation and spending time in nature are important to restore gut health and prevent migraines.
“If you only change your diet but you’re still living in this rushed, stressed out way, then you’re missing part of the picture,” Pedre said.
Roughly 34 million Americans now have asthma, about 7 million to 8 million of which are children. (1) Asthma is behind 12.8 million missed school days and 10.1 million missed work days in the U.S every single year. In addition, asthma costs the U.S. about $14.7 billion a year in medical costs, prescription drugs and lost productivity — leading many people to search for home remedies for asthma.
Here’s something that might surprise you: Although asthma medications can help control symptoms in the case of an emergency attack, they can actually sometimes make asthma symptoms even worse long term. Most asthma medications also have a host of side effects due to how they affect the endocrine system and the immune system. Research shows some asthma drugs might contribute to problems including mood changes, acne, yeast growth and weight gain — plus over time they might hinder normal immune functions that make allergic and asthmatic reactions more frequent. (2)
What are some effective, holistic ways of treating asthma that can help prevent attacks instead? Home remedies for asthma that don’t require taking prescription medications or even using inhalers include limiting irritant exposure, reducing food allergies, improving gut health, supplementing with vitamin D or getting more naturally from the sun, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Asthma is a condition characterized by difficulty breathing and narrowing of the airways leading to the lungs (including the nose, nasal passageways, mouth and larynx). In people who have asthma or allergies, the blocked or inflamed airways that cause asthma symptoms can usually be cleared with help from certain lifestyle changes and treatments.
Asthma is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is also related to allergies, whether seasonal/environmental or food-related. A characteristic of asthma is that symptoms tend to occur suddenly in response to stimuli that irritate the immune system and air passageways, which is described as having an asthma “attack.”
1. Best Foods for Treating Asthma
Eating a healthy diet supplies asthma sufferers with antioxidants and nutrients to combat environmental toxins, control inflammatory responses and reduce dietary triggers. Eating a wide variety of foods can ensure that you or your child gets all the nutrients needed to support strong immunity. There have been numerous studies that show consuming the right foods can be the one of the best home remedies for asthma.
Some of the most beneficial foods to include in your asthma diet plan are:
. Avoid Foods that Can Make Asthma Attacks Worse
There are many ways in which processed and refined foods contribute to asthma. Lack of fiber reduces probiotic bacteria, depletes stomach acid and hinders proper digestion. The lack of nutrients in these foods stresses the entire body and makes it less able to neutralize toxins. The lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Western diet contributes to high levels of inflammation, deficiencies and overall poor nutrition.
Foods to reduce or eliminate from your diet include conventional dairy, added sugar, trans fats or refined oils, gluten, and processed carbohydrates. Here’s why avoiding these foods should be utilized along with other home remedies for asthma:
3. Supplements for Asthma (Especially Vitamin D)
Another rising star in home remedies for asthma is vitamin D, which seems to slow declining lung function and supports immune health. It also stops lung “remodeling,” the narrowing of breathing passages over time. Calcitriol, the form of vitamin D we make in the body, is a natural anti-inflammatory, yet many people are chronically low in vitamin D due to spending less time outside and eating low-nutrient diets. The daily recommended dose is about 600 international units for adults, which can be obtained through a combination of sun exposure and a healthy diet.
Recently, a study published in the Cochran Database of Systematic Reviews, which tested 435 children and 658 adults with mild to moderate asthma, found that those taking vitamin D supplements experienced fewer severe asthma attacks, required less use of oral steroids for treatment and also reduced their risk of needing to be hospitalized for acute asthma attacks. (9)
Other supplements that can help lower attacks and symptoms include:
4. Essential Oils for Treating Asthma Symptoms
Many people with asthma frequently cough, wheeze and have trouble breathing, all of which essential oils — particularly essential oils for allergies — can help manage. As mucus (phlegm or sputum) or other substances accumulate in the airways, these symptoms kick in as reflexive actions that try to facilitate unobstructed breathing.
Try making a homemade vapor rub with eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil to open up airways. Frankincense oil can be used to lower inflammation and swollen lymph nodes, and lavender can be used to help mitigate symptoms, such as anxiety and mood changes.
5. Other Home Remedies for Asthma
Avoid Irritants Inside Your Home
There might not be much you can do about pollution outdoors, but minimizing pollutants in your home can greatly lessen susceptibility to outdoor asthma attacks. Believe it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency tells us our indoor environments are two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environments! Here are tips to help you remove many sources of irritants that are likely found in your home:
Try to keep a window open even during the winter to bring fresh air in. If you can afford it, use a heat recovery ventilator (air-to-air heat exchanger) to bring outside air in.
Chiropractic Care for Asthma
Asthma has also been linked to a condition known as forward head posture (FHP). FHP occurs when your head shifts out in front of your body, and as a result the nerves in the lower part of your neck and upper part of your back from vertebrae T1-T4 become compressed and compromise lung function. To correct FHP, I recommend you seek the assistance of a corrective care chiropractic physician who can help improve your posture through chiropractic adjustments and spinal rehabilitation exercises. By retraining the spine and moving it back into its ideal alignment, pressure is taken off the nerves reaching out to the lungs.
The Western lifestyle includes high degrees of emotional stress, and studies show that stress management techniques help reduce asthma severity. It’s well-known that stress increases the severity and frequency of asthmatic attacks because it hinders immune function and raises inflammation. In fact, studies show that roughly 67 percent or more of asthmatics have diminished adrenal capacity, increased anxiety and other mood disorders related to stress. Mood disorders are considered “adaptive diseases” — that is, they result from a person’s inability to deal with stress.
Try natural stress relievers, including massage, deep abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and art therapies. These can all help reduce stress and give asthmatics the tools to modulate their stress responses. This lowers susceptibility to future attacks and lessens reliance on asthma drugs.
The British Guideline on the Management of Asthma recommends Buteyko and pranayama yoga (forms of deep breathing) for asthma management. A review of seven studies found that these breathing exercises reduce the severity and length of asthma attacks. (10)
Exercise and Movement
A growing body of literature indicates that lifestyle changes in recent decades, specifically decreased physical activity and dietary changes, are key contributing factors causing an increase in asthma prevalence and severity. Obesity is linked to higher risk for asthma and other breathing problems, including sleep apnea. Although vigorous exercise can sometimes cause symptoms in people who already have asthma, staying active is generally very beneficial for improving immune function, preventing obesity, dealing with stress and lowering inflammation. (11)
Common symptoms and signs of asthma include: (12)
There are many different theories about what causes asthma, but toxins and irritants (both from the environment and spending lots of time outdoors) are now recognized as primary root causes. Other factors that contribute to asthma development include poor nutrition, pollution, antibiotic abuse, possibly vaccines, autoimmune disorders, other medical disorders that affect the lungs, genetic susceptibility and high amounts of stress.
For some adults, asthma symptoms are caused by exposure to chemicals and pollution during work (dust, debris, etc.), known as “occupational asthma.” This accounts for about 15 percent of all asthma cases. (13)
The Western lifestyle correlates with increased numbers of asthma sufferers, which is not surprising considering the poor diet quality and high-stress environment. Asthma is rare in remote areas of Asia and Africa but much more common in industrialized, Western nations where people commonly eat inflammatory, low-nutrient diets.
Risk factors for developing asthma include: (14)
Doctors use medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, “anti-IgE” drugs and inhalers (bronchodilators) to help control asthma attacks and prevent emergencies or complications. Most of these drugs can help open up the airways very quickly but have serious drawbacks as well. Some research even suggests that inhalant albuterol medications can alter genes in children and make future asthma attacks up to 30 percent more likely. (15)
Dr. John Mills, chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General, said, “Conventional drugs used for treating asthma, particularly steroids, can impair immune function and lead to more serious health problems. Doctors tell you that steroids (cortisone, prednisone) only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and devastating. Studies show that steroids cause permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. Steroids are probably the most sleazy of modern day medications.” (16)
Here’s the good news: You can help treat asthma naturally by lowering environmental and dietary toxin intake, eating more nutrient-rich foods, addressing the nervous system’s role in lung functioning, and learning to better manage stress. All these home remedies for asthma come with little to no serious adverse side effects as well.
If during an attack asthma medications aren’t able to help someone experience improvements immediately, then it’s important to visit the ER or call an ambulance right away. Although it’s rare, asthma attacks can sometimes become fatal, so being cautious is always best. Signs of a severe asthma attack that requires immediate intervention include a pale face, sweating, blue lips, very rapid heartbeat and inability to exhale.
If asthma symptoms ever start recurring multiple times per day, make sure to see your doctor. Also mention to your doctor if symptoms ever become frequent or severe enough to interrupt sleep, work, school or other normal day-to-day activities. Keep an eye out for side effects of medications or other signs of allergies, which might make asthma symptoms worse, including a very dry mouth, stuffy nose, dizziness, pains and a swollen tongue.
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An important new study released in London conclusively links diet and Alzheimer’s disease, providing even more evidence that you can protect your brain by watching what you eat.
At the recent Alzheimer Association’s International Conference in the U.K, researchers revealed that following either a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet or its close cousin, the MIND diet (see picture below), can reduce future cognitive impairment by up to 35 percent.
Although earlier studies had linked heart-healthy diets to better cognitive function, today’s study, by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is important for having the size (6,000 adults who participated in the Health and Retirement survey) and type of subjects (cognitively healthy at the start) to conclusively link diet and Alzheimer’s and “make the results quite generalizable to a broader group,” says lead researcher Claire McEvoy.
And while the two diets studied vary slightly — the main difference stems from MIND’s bigger emphasis on leafy green vegetables and its restriction on all fruit but berries — McEvoy says focusing on particular foods is not the point. “The diets as a whole seem to have the greatest benefit. Foods and nutrients seem to work together to provide the benefits.” As for how healthy choices like spinach and blueberry salads work their brain-saving magic, ideas vary. “It could be that they reduce inflammation, which has been strongly implicated with cognitive decline,” McEvoy says. Or, she adds, the diets’ power could be related to “the profound positive effect that a high-quality diet has on the vascular system,” which in turn affects brain health.
But while science shows that the diets work as a whole, the benefits of decisions like choosing whole grains over processed flour or cooking with olive oil aren’t all or nothing. The study’s results, says Maria Carrillo, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, show the positive effects of improving nutrition even a bit. “Of course, you get the biggest result if you follow the diet completely, but even little changes can have a significant impact.”
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