Glorious Spring has sprung and with all the blooms(pollen) allergies are more pronounced. One of the primary causes of Allergies unfortunately leads to Asthma, which is on the rise. The Centres of Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. found that 1 in twelve people suffers from it in data released for the period of 2001 to 2011. An increase of 28% was noted for that period. There is a definitive correlation between Allergies and Asthma.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory illness which effects the air passages. Air is carried to the lungs via the nasal cavities and mouth. The inflammation causes the airways to become swollen and with the muscles tightening around those area, less flows to the lungs. Symptoms may include: Difficulty in breathing, coughing, wheezing, whistling sound on breathing, feeling clogged up, being tired when doing any physical activity or not being able to breathe easy whilst sleeping.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure, but certain foods may alleviate or prevent an asthma attack. However, even that is not an exact science, as some foods such as milk, with one of the best sources of Vitamin D, which eases symptoms of asthma, causes an allergic reaction in some people who is lactose intolerant and could also cause wheezing or coughing. Other food that may cause an allergic reaction include fish, soy, eggs & peanuts.
Because Allergies seem to diminish or flare up as we grow older, eating for Asthma has to be a personal expedition and if you are uncertain what to consume it is always best to consult with your doctor first.
Other contributing factors that may be the cause of Asthma can be found in exposure to Smoke and tobacco, Environmental factors, like air pollution, being obese, Stress, tension, and depression, Genetics, Lung infection during childhood, Premature birth, heartburn and even exercise.
Food that may alleviate include:
There are also various herbal remedies in the market that can be used to alleviate asthma, ask your pharmacist what is available and what would work the best for you.
As with all things in life, try to maintain balance as over-consumption may induce some other ailment.
Enjoy a glorious springtime with all its blossoms in all of its glory!