see also Carahealth Lung
Asthma is unfortunately becoming an increasingly common disorder. It is characterised by hypersensitivity of the airways resulting in bronchoconstriction. We all know that it is an allergic disorder and certainly asthmatic sufferers and their families are well aware of the common triggers for asthma such as dust mites, animal dander, pollens, grasses, moulds, exercise, pollution, cigarette smoke, cold air and drugs such as aspirin.
What most asthmatics are not aware of however is that their diet can also be contributing to this disease. Certain foods and food additives increase inflammatory processes within the body resulting in excessive levels of a substance called leukotrienes. These are 1000 times more potent in promoting inflammation and bronchial constriction than histamine another inflammatory regulator. Other foods are actually anti-inflammatory.
Naturopathic treatment therefore focuses on decreasing the production of inflammatory foods and promoting anti-inflammatory pathways. Please book an appointment for further information.
How do we go about this?
- Decrease foods high in arachidonic acid as this leads to inflammation. Arachidonic acid is found mainly in animal products.
- Avoid food additives especially tartrazine E 102 a yellow food dye and related compounds E103-E155 excluding E 120, 140141, 150, 153 and including E180.Tartrazine promotes leukotrienes.
- Benzoates E 210-219 are commonly used food preservatives in processed foods and some fish.
- Sulphur dioxide, in particular sulphites E220- 227. These are common food preservatives. Sulphites have been shown to induce asthma. Sulphites are used in red wine and preserved fruit such as sultanas, dried apricots etc. Moulds. There is a mould on peanuts and peanut butter called aflatoxin that should be avoided at all costs. Try other nut butters such as cashew butter or tahina.
- Decrease food allergens. Immediate onset sensitivities are usually due to egg, fish, shellfish, nuts and peanuts. Delayed onset sensitivities are usually due to milk, chocolate, wheat, citrus and food colourings. Asthmatics should be on a Low Reactive Diet.
- Avoid foods high in salicylates. It is well known that asthmatics are can be sensitive to aspirin and related ibuprofen; medication can induce wheezing in a few hours. Did you know however that certain foods are high in salicylates and can also induce asthma? Ie. Oranges and apples.
Supplements for asthma
* Omega 3 essential fatty acids - Decreases inflammation.
* Vitamin B6 - Reduces frequency and severity of wheezing and asthmatic attacks.
* Vitamin B12 – Decreases shortness of breath on exertion.
* Vitamin A – Maintains the integrity of the epithelial lining of the respiratory tract and increases resistance to infection.
* Vitamin C, E Bioflavonoids – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
* Magnesium – Relaxes smooth muscle and reduces bronchial hypersensitivity.
See also Carahealth Lung
for a full lenth explanation see also Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Asthma
Carina is available to lecture for your group or institution on this subject.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. is a practitioner of 11 years, complementary medicine lecturer of 4 years and mother of six in Galway, Ireland who practices what she teaches.
For an appointment call Carina directly on 083 34 66 333.
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