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Condition - Asthma

Asthma is a lung disorder in which the passages that enable air to pass into and out of your lungs – called bronchi and bronchioles – become swollen, due to inflammation. This makes them very sensitive and they react to irritants and things you may be allergic to. Such a reaction triggers narrowing of your airways and your lungs get less air, causing shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, build up of sticky mucus (phlegm)*and chest tightness, especially early in the morning or at night. Standard treatment usually involves controlling triggering factors and drug therapy, most commonly inhaled β2-agonists and steroids.

The number of cases of asthma has been increasing continuously since the 1970s and it is now estimated that one in five households in the UK has a person with asthma. 

Asthma may be divided into two types: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic asthma is triggered by inhaled airborne allergens, including mould, tree and grass pollen, cat or dog dander, house dust mites, cockroach allergens and, in some instances, food allergy. Intrinsic asthma is triggered by stress, anxiety, respiratory infections, exercise, inhalation of irritants (tobacco smoke, air pollution and fumes), cold air and aspirin. Many people actually have a combination of the two types.

Contributing factors 

Nutritional considerations

Dietary recommendations

The following tea may help to support normal mucus production in the airways: Add one teaspoon of grated, fresh ginger root and one teaspoon of finely chopped orange peel to a cup of boiling water. Sweeten with honey if desired. Consume up to three times a day, when there is excessive amounts of phlegm present, and one to two times a day with moderate levels.

Lifestyle changes that may be helpful

Minimise your exposure to allergens and respiratory irritants as much as possible,including moulds, smoke, volatile chemicals and dust mites. Use special mattresses and hypoallergenic bed linen, that keep allergens out, and clean the house frequently. Home air purifiers may help to improve air quality.

Lose weight, if you are overweight and have asthma. Excess weight can contribute to breathlessness and may possibly trigger narrowing of the airways.  Those with exercise-induced asthma can still reap the benefits of exercise, including strengthening of the lungs and helping to maintain proper weight. For exercise-induced asthma,it is important to stretch,warm up very slowly and avoid vigorous exercise. And take precautions in cold weather, for example wear a mask to warm the air that you breath. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

Relaxation exercises (e.g. yoga) and regular breathing exercises may also help to reduce attacks (anxiety and stress contribute to asthma attacks). Breathe from your belly, not from your lungs. Practice ‘alternate nostril breathing’.

In adults, GERD (acid reflux disease) can also be a contributing factor in the development of asthma and its successful treatment may help to reduce attacks.

*(Note: Yellow-coloured phlegm may be a sign of respiratory infection that warrants medical attention.)