Natural Asthma Remedies

Written by Emily Ledbetter
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Asthma is a respiratory disease that affects the trachea and bronchial tubes by becoming inflamed and clogged with mucus. The result is a narrowing of the airways which restricts the amount of air going to the lungs, making it very difficult to breathe. Asthma can occur in anyone but is very common in children and young adults. Common symptoms of an asthma attack include coughing, wheezing, experiencing tightening in the chest and difficulty breathing.

The number of asthma sufferers is on the rise and many associate this with an increase in air pollution, environmental toxins and food additives. Modern medicine can offer temporary relief from attacks but, along with that relief comes a number of undesirable side effects. An alternative to prescription medication is choosing from a number of natural remedies available to reduce the number and severity of attacks while also strengthening the lungs and immune system, all without the side effects associated with modern medications.

Types of Natural Treatment Available

The common natural supplements available for asthma suffers include MSM, magnesium glycinate and taurine due to their roles in decreasing inflammation and promoting lung health.

In addition to herbal supplements, there are a number of steps an individual can take to lessen the severity and frequency of asthma attacks:

• Add Vitamin C, B6 and B12 to your daily supplements to reduce lung inflammation.
• Keep an "asthma diary" to help identify triggers.
• Avoid tobacco smoke and keep the home free from dust, pollen and air fresheners.
• Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Consuming caffeine may also help as it is thought to dilate the bronchial airways.
• Regular exercise can help to strengthen lung function. However, it is important to consult with a physician before beginning an exercise program.

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