Asthma can be controlled with lifestyle changes and necessary medication.
Have you ever noticed any of your family members suffering from an allergy, cough, or wheezing while doing any physical activity? This happens when the windpipe that brings air out and into your lungs shrinks while doing physical activities, leading to asthma. Changing one’s lifestyle has proved to be an effective way of reducing the risk of asthma attacks.
Therefore, managing your lifestyle successfully might not eliminate your need for medication in the short run, but will definitely reduce the intensity of attacks and help your body respond to the medicines effectively.
First let’s understand the common causes of asthma. We contacted Dr Mohammad Shoub, MD Chest Physician, Apollo Clinic, New Delhi, and he listed out these reasons that could cause asthma in the first place, apart from genetic reasons.
Allergens like house dust mites, animal dander, pollen and cockroach droppings.
Irritants like of tobacco smoke, pollution, strong odours or fumes.
Emotional anxiety and stress may also increase asthma symptoms and trigger an attack.
Viral and bacterial infections such as the common cold and sinusitis.
Exposure to cold, dry air or weather changes.
Acid reflux, with or without heartburn.
Dr Shoub added, “Asthma can be easily controlled by changing your lifestyle. Here are 6 major alterations that you can benefit you.”
Try to analyse and avoid your triggers: For many of the asthma patients one of the major reasons could be allergy. For others it can be something else such as exercise or exposure to cold, dry air. In this case your doctor might help you to identify your trigger and guide you to avoid it as much as possible.
Try to have dairy-free food: Many people have food hypersensitivity that sets off your immune process, which in turn causes inflammation. When this inflammation affects the airways it can cause an asthma attack. During this time, keep dairy products off your limits. If you see an improvement, talk to your doctor about continuing on a dairy-free diet. You may ask your doctor if any of these foods can be triggering your asthma–Eggs, soy, wheat, shellfish, and sulphite additives used in food processing and preparation.
Try out some probiotics: Supplements containing live bacteria can boost the immune system, making it less likely to set off an inflammatory response. Look for a supplement that provides at least 10 billion units per day like lactobacillus.
Pop some vitamins: There are several vitamins that support your immune system and help control inflammation that are important, for people with asthma. They include Vitamins C, D, and E. Most people already get enough C and E in their daily diet, but Vitamin D deficiency is quite common. For this consult your doctor to perform a simple blood test to check your Vitamin D level and recommend an appropriate dosage of the same, accordingly.
Always keep your nasal passage clear: In most of the cases where the nasal passage is choked, it becomes difficult to breathe and it strains your airways. Use a saline spray to clear your nasal passages. This will reduce strain on your airways by helping you breathe easier.
Quit smoking: Cigarette smoking can aggravate your asthma and increase the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Quitting early can benefit your treatment plan.