Asthma is essentially a condition of the immune system with the air passages reacting to one or several possible allergies. People can react to foods and consumed chemical substances just as much as to pollutants in the air. If the challenge of the environment cannot be lessened or is not likely to be the primary cause, it is sensible to consider providing dietary changes and additional nutrients that are known (from published research studies) to help enhance an immune response.
The following nutrition protocol has been designed to help to support Asthma sufferers.
*NOTE : The suggestions in this document are not intended to replace proper medical procedures. The suggestions are offered to compliment the medical procedures with nutritional and traditional herbal supplements
Key Codes: FS – Food State, V – Vegetarian, VE – Vegan, H – Herbal
The following supplements that are known to be helpful are divided into three groups:
Section 1 – Supplements are considered ‘first choice’.
Section 2 – Supplements are both complementary and synergistic with the ‘first choice’ supplements.
Section 3 – Supplements are considered beneficial for preliminary digestive system cleansing. While optional, they can offer an additional positive process to improving health and wellbeing.
Section 1 Supplements – First Choice
- Antioxidant Plus Co-Enzyme Q10 – (FS-VE)
Asthmatic sufferers are often found to be low in important antioxidants increasing oxidative stress. An antioxidant formula can help to boost the body defence and help reduce oxidative processes. Co-enzyme Q10 has been shown to increase oxygen supply and acts to promote anti-oxidative defence.
- Vitamin B Complex, plus Vitamin C – (FS-VE)
B vitamins may help to calm down the nervous system and immune response, lessening an allergic reaction. This vitamin group have been found to be helpful in reducing the symptoms of asthma.
- Multi-Vitamin & Mineral formula – (FS-V)
They help to form a sound nutritional base to help to improve good health as this formula contains nutrients that are not always available within the normal dietary intake.
- Magnesium – (FS-V)
Magnesium may help to improve the lung function and be beneficial in helping to reduce bronchio-constriction associated with asthma.
Section 2 Supplements – Complementary
- Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids – (FS-VE)
It has been shown to help ease the bronchial constriction that occurs during asthma
and helps to promote anti-oxidative defence.
- Vitamin D – (FS)
Has been shown to help reduce inflammation and has been found to be beneficial with steroid resistant asthma sufferers.
- Calcium – (FS-VE)
It has been found to help alleviate some of the symptoms of asthma.
- EPA, DHA & Omega 3 Fish Oil
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) Is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid that has been found to be of benefit to asthma sufferers.
Section 3 Supplements- Preliminary Cleansing
- E500 Probiotic + Prebiotic (V) 8 Strains – £29.00
Probiotics are a combination of friendly gut bacteria that help enhance the digestive system, helping the absorption of nutrients and supporting the manufacture of some vitamins, increasing the profile of beneficial bacteria involved with the removal of harmful waste products.
Probiotic beneficial bacteria can strengthen the functions of the digestive system. Elevated stress levels can cause the depletion of these beneficial bacteria.
Beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract decline in tandem with progression of the ageing process. As a supplement the suggestion is to take a course three times a year unless specific health concerns suggest more frequent use.
Table of Beneficial Nutritional Supplements
This information is offered as an introduction to supplements, herbs, foods and substances that are known to help Asthma sufferers.
This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and it is suggested that sound advice is taken by an appropriately qualified practitioner.
The supplements highlighted are generally considered to be ‘first choice’ while the additional
Selected supplements are complementary
Recommended Dose for Suggested Supplements
FIRST CHOICE SUPPLEMENTS
1 twice daily
Anti-Oxidant with Co-Q10
1 twice daily
Vitamin B Complex
1 twice daily
1 twice daily
1-2 daily for 3 months
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids
1 twice daily
One month course
Cereal grains oats, oatmeal, brown rice, rye.
Vegetables garlic (in moderation), onions, fennel, radish, broccoli, celery, spinach, beetroot, cauliflower
Fruits freshly squeezed & diluted lemon juice, grapes (including pips), plums, apples, dried figs, apricots, ripe bananas, avocado, apples, blackcurrants, blueberries, raisins, dates, olives, honey-dew melon, kiwi fruit, peaches, papaya, mango
Legumes dahl, dried peas, soya beans, barley, butter beans, lentils.
Teas, Herbs & Spices chilli, basil, horse-radish, fenugreek seed tea, green tea, thyme tea, elderberry cordial (unsweetened), liquorice, ginger
Nuts & Seeds rye sprouts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds (max 10 per day), macadamia, walnut, pecan, pistachio
Fungi Shiitake mushrooms
Fish tuna, wild salmon, herring, halibut, sardines, cod and ‘caviar’
Dairy occasional live organic yoghurt
Meats very occasional Lamb
Molasses, organic dark chocolate, organic set honey
Cereal grains refined cereals, refined flour products
Vegetables excess garlic
Fruits orange, orange juice, grapefruit & grapefruit juice
Legumes soya milk
Teas, Herbs & Spices
Nuts & Seeds old Brazil nuts and high intake of peanuts
Poultry battery chicken, hens’ eggs
Meats pork & pork products, reduce intake of proteins from red meat, salami
Dairy cow’s milk, reducing dairy to a minimum, reduce non-organic cheese
Fats hydrogenated fats, refined cooking oils, fennel oil, trans-fatty acids, low fat foods
Food Additives tartrazine, artificial sweeteners, sulphates (preservative)
Beverages avoid excess caffeine & alcohol; avoid artificially sweetened drinks; See Additional Comments below
Avoid low fat foods, refined carbohydrates, white sugar (sucrose), high additive processed foods, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, pickled foods
Cooking methods fried foods, barbequed foods.
Additional Health Notes to Help Support Asthma Sufferers.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, it is well understood that smoking is deleterious to good health.
Being aware of appropriate weight management is also well understood.
Less well discussed in relation to good health, however, is the importance of our feelings and emotions. Lack of self-esteem is so often associated with poor eating and lifestyle habits. All of us have positive aspects to our life, and focusing on these will improve our well-being.
It is important that attention is paid to the balance between acid-forming and alkali-forming foods. The optimum balance is around 60% alkali-forming and 40% acid-forming.
Adopt a diet based on organic wholefoods, vegetables, fruits and grains.
Raw foods such as salads and fruits should be about 20% of the daily food intake for optimum health benefits.
There is benefit in eating in a specific order: fresh ‘live’ foods first such as salads to prepare the digestive system. Next follow cooked vegetables, then proteins. Anything starchy should be last. Eating in this order ensures food enters the digestive system in order of digestion time.
Chew foods slowly and thoroughly, as this increases their nutritional benefits, particularly as we get older.
Research has shown that reducing intake of dairy products in later life is beneficial.
It is best to reduce red meat within the diet to occasional intake. As a general guide, the best meat sources are lamb, and with regard to poultry, properly-fed and organically-reared chicken.
White fish are generally the better option. Coastal fish such as mackerel are best reduced, as they tend to contain more of the undesirable toxic pollutants.
As the years progress it is sensible to reduce the total intake of refined sugars.
Avoid dehydration – take plenty of fresh water. Good quality still mineral water from a glass container is the superior form; though a good tap filter is also satisfactory.
During exercise, the body loses up to 3 litres and it is good to remember that muscles are composed of 70% to 75% water.
Adequate water intake is known to help reduce the feeling of tiredness and fatigue.
Increased intake of water can help to reduce weight.
Foods cooked in aluminium cookware reduce water’s ability to be used by the body.
Avoid high intake of beverages containing caffeine, e.g. excess coffee, artificially sweetened fizzy (carbonated) and still drinks, and soft drinks high in sugars ending in ‘-ose’ such as ‘sucrose’, ‘glucose’ and ‘fructose’.
Take alcohol only in moderation as it can aggravate negative symptoms. Good quality organic wines can contribute to good health, spirits, beers and lagers less so. Organic red or white wine can be taken, but no more than 1 glass a day is suggested. Spirits should be avoided for a period of at least four months after dietary reform, and beer kept to an absolute minimum.
Take exercise as much as possible out of doors in clean air. Prolonged exercise in air conditioning with artificial lighting should be no more than an hour at one time.
Isotonic exercise has been found beneficial in reducing muscle weakness.
Sunlight has a beneficial effect on the whole person, and is also known to alleviate the experience of fatigue that can also occur with extended periods of exposure to artificial lighting.
Wearing sunglasses can reduce energy levels, as they block out some beneficial rays that can actually enhance energy.
Try to obtain cosmetics that are not full of chemicals. There is a saying: “If you can’t eat the ingredient safely, then it may be best not to put it on your skin.”
Avoid shampoos and soaps containing Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.
Antiperspirants are usually applied to help reduce body odour. However, these preparations contain aluminium, which actually gets absorbed into the body. This metal is known to produce many undesirable toxic side effects.
Additional Help & Support
It is sensible to consult a medical practitioner, homeopath, acupuncturist, or nutritional therapist or herbalist.
Oxygen therapy has reported benefits in the treatment of asthma.
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Do not exceed stated dose or use with prescribed medication unless advise by a doctor or medical practitioner.
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