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Condition - Breathe easy - Saltpipe

By Jenny Bodenham BA(Hons) DipION MBANT

Distressing symptoms; such as shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and persistent coughing; plague the lives of millions. In fact, 5.4 million people in the UK suffer from asthma, a condition in which the airways of the lungs swell and tighten, restricting airflow and making it hard to breathe. During an asthma attack, the airways constrict and chemicals, such as histamine, are released, which increase inflammation and swelling.

A variety of factors can provoke asthma attacks and there may be a genetic susceptibility, since childhood-onset asthma is closely linked to conditions such as eczema and hay fever. Common triggers include inhaled allergens, such as food, dust, pet hair, pollen, tobacco and other environmental pollutants. But other factors, such as stress, anxiety, exercise and temperature changes, may also play a role.

Food allergens should be considered, especially if you commonly suffer with excess mucous and nasal drip. The most common culprits are dairy, chocolate, wheat, citrus and some food colourings. Elimination diets and food allergy testing can be useful in identifying allergens and alleviating symptoms.

Antioxidants, especially vitamin C, can be beneficial. Vitamin C is the major antioxidant present in the lining of the respiratory tract. 

Other studies have shown that vitamin B6 and magnesium supplementation can aid normal breathing. Magnesium may help by maintaining healthy airways, so include wholegrains, leafy greens, nuts and seeds in your diet. Oily fish; such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout; are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and may help manage inflammation of the airways. Taking a fish oil supplement, flax or hemp seed oil is a convenient way to increase your intake. Another useful supplement is MSM, which assists normal breathing by assisting relaxation of muscle in the bronchioles.  

For a traditional remedy, salt cave therapy has been used as a natural aid for respiratory conditions. Using a Saltpipe, you draw air in through the mouthpiece, which then flows over natural salt crystals. This stimulates the cleansing process in the respiratory system, improving breathing.

A few minutes regular daily use:

  • Helps you breathe more easily
  • Assists rehabilitation (and medical treatment)
  • Helps cleanse the respiratory system

Salt therapy may be beneficial for:

  • Pollen and other allergies
  • Asthma
  • Common cold and other infections
  • Problems caused by smoking
  • Snoring

Created by nature over millions of years, the salty atmosphere in salt mines has been used for centuries to ease respiratory problems.

The salty microclimate calms the cells lining the respiratory system and stimulates their natural cleaning mechanisms.  The Saltpipe™ has been known to help everything from asthma and hay fever, to chronic snoring. It can also help if you suffer from shortness of breath, severe coughs and colds, or the effects of a smoky, polluted environment.

The Saltpipe™ is a handy inhaler which offers the benefit of portable salt therapy whenever you need it.

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