Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning, and it affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.
In the US, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma, about 7 million of these people are children.
Sometimes symptoms are mild and go away on their own or after minimal treatment with asthma medicine. Other times, symptoms continue to get worse. Treating symptoms when you first notice them is important.
This will help prevent the symptoms from worsening and causing severe attacks. It may require emergency care, and they can be fatal.
What Happens During an Asthma Attack?
- The muscles around your airways tighten up, narrowing the airway.
- Less air is able to flow through the airway.
- Inflammation of the airways increases, further narrowing the airway.
- More mucus is produced in the airways, undermining the flow of air even more.
Reliever inhalers relax your airways, which help breathlessness, but they do not treat airway inflammation. As well as the relaxing effect of a reliever inhaler, you need the anti-inflammatory effect of a preventer.
Once airways are less inflamed, they are less sensitive to triggers such as cigarette smoke and viral infections.
Calm Your Asthma Attacks and Lose the Inhaler!
Now there is an excellent remedy right at home, in your kitchen. Stop – reduce those asthmatic attacks with the right nutrition. Making eating clean as a lifestyle should be one of the first steps to prevent further asthma attacks.
Eating/juicing plenty of healing fruits and vegetables will help reduce/eliminate the underlying inflammation of air passages, dilate the air passages, thin down mucus in the lungs, and reduce food allergy reactions that trigger asthma attacks.
These drinks offer a rush of antioxidants and other potent phytonutrients that can energize and flood your system with health-promoting properties.
Drinks To Completely Calm Your Asthma Attacks:
- No: 1) 2 green apples + 6 ribs of celery + a bunch of spinach + a bunch of parsley + ¼ lemon
- No: 2) ¼ pineapple + 1 fennel + 8-10 leaves of kale + 3-4 radish (pungent) + ½ lemon.
- No: 3) 1 cucumber + 2 medium-sized beetroots + 3 sticks of lemongrass + ½ lemon.
- No: 4) ¼ pineapple + 1 cucumber + 2 capsicums (yellow/red) + ½ bunch of watercress + ½ lemon.
- No: 5) 2 cups of strawberries + 1 cup of cranberries + 1 pomegranate.
- No: 6) 1 oz (1 shot) of wheatgrass juice + a squeeze of lemon juice.
Nutrients found in these juices might benefit those with a chronic cough due to asthma.
During an attack, the airways that allow air to move into your lungs become irritated and constricted, causing coughing and difficulty breathing. Both beta-carotene a form of vitamin A and choline might aid in controlling this condition, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Note: Drinking these juices, provides a rich source of both nutrients, though the specific effect of carrot juice on asthma severity has not yet been fully investigated.
Sources: Nhlbi Nnih, Juicing For Health