Nearly 5,000 Americans visit an emergency room every day due to Asthma. 1,000 of these people are admitted and on average, 11 die. Of course, most Asthma attacks don't require trips to the ER or admission to a hospital. Most attacks are short lived and solved with an inhaler.
There is no cure for Asthma, but there are a number of things that someone suffering from the illness can do to help limit – or even eliminate – the symptoms.
The following 5 strategies have been proven to help lessen the effects of Asthma:
1. Make Your Home Smoke Free
Cigarette and Cigar smoke is extremely irritating and can easily trigger an Asthma attack. In addition, it can also increase the risk of Asthma in children. If you smoke, stop. Take advantage of many of the current day methods, including patches and medication to help break your habit.
2. Take Magnesium
Magnesium levels are normally quite low in asthmatics. Research has shown that by adding a magnesium supplement to your daily vitamins, you may improve lung function and reduce reaction of your bronchial passages.
3. Eat More Fish
Research shows that those with diets that include the fatty acids gamma linolenic acids as well as eicosapentaenoic acid that are found in fish such as sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon are more likely to be less reliant on rescue medication. These fatty acids have also been show to prevent exercise induced Asthma attacks. If you aren't partial to fish, fish oil supplements have been shown to have the same effects.
4. Keep Active
Having an active lifestyle has been shown to have very positive effects on Asthmatics. On the flip side, those who have a sedentary lifestyle are far more likely to suffer more frequent Asthma attacks. This is due to the fact that those with an active lifestyle are increasing lung capacity. As a result, those with an active lifestyle typically need lower doses of medication as well.
5. Control Stress
Consider practicing Yoga, self hypnosis, deep breathing along with other stress relieving methods. Doing so will help reduce your Asthma symptoms because these activities will help open your airways more fully.
There are a number of strategies that will help lessen your Asthma symptoms. I've written about many of them. The five strategies outlined above are some of the best when it comes to reducing – or even eliminating – your Asthma symptoms.