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ASTHMA

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common condition caused by narrowing of the small air passages (breathing tubes/bronchi) in the lungs. The narrowing happens because the air passages become swollen, mucus filled and inflamed. This makes it harder for air to get through and causes wheezing, coughing and problems with breathing.

About one in four children will have wheezing sometime during childhood. With the right treatment, nearly all children with asthma will be able to join in sport and lead active lives.

 

Signs and symptoms

The most common signs of asthma are:

  • Coughing - which usually happens at night, during the early hours of the morning, when the weather is cool and during exercise.

  • Wheezing - when breathing sounds like whistles.

  • Breathing problems.

  • Coughing and or wheezing after exercise.

Factors that have been linked to Asthma

  • ​A family history can make someone more likely to develop Asthma.

  • Allergies and environmental exposures. Eg: Some foods, Animals, Season changes, MFHFR genetic mutations.

  • Chemical and Heavy metal exposures.

Dietary changes to improve symptoms 

Some foods have been shown to cause an inflammatory response in the body of some people, leading to an excessive production of mucus. This mucus can present itself within the air ways, including the ear, nose, throat and lungs. Just like with all allergy responses within the body mucus is produced as a way of protecting us from possible invaders. When foods we are intolerant to are consumed our body works very hard to remove them out of the body as quickly as possible. 

This mucus the body produces can present itself as a blocked or stuffy nose a chronic cough or in yours or your loved ones case Asthma.

Possible food triggers

These foods are not always the culprits but more often then not are a major contributor to Asthmatic symptoms in some people. 

  • Dairy - Milk, Cheese and Yogurt.

  • Excessive consumption of sugar

  • Wheat base products - Bread, Pasta and Cereals

  • Soy products.

In the Naturopath Clinic in Penrith I often see children consuming these foods listed above in large quantities. By simply removing these foods for two weeks and adding a couple of key vitamins specific to each person, i more often than not see a complete transformation in symptoms. Most parents come back after only two weeks stating their child had zero asthmatic symptoms.

Book a Naturopathic consultation to get to the root cause and end the suffering and limited life.