Asthma among those 15 years of age and over has been increasing over the last 20 years. In a 2006 study in Canada, about 20% of boys and 15% of girls aged 8 to 11 have been diagnosed with asthma. With the rise in asthma cases, more patients are seeking alternative solutions to control their symptoms. Health Canada’s National Population Health Survey found that 56% of people with asthma had had an asthma attack within a one year period. This high rate of occurrence means “Canadians need to know how to better manage their asthma and keep it under control.”
There are a few different ways to naturally help minimize the symptoms of asthma. It is all about finding the right solution for the individual. Asthma effects sufferers differently and people respond differently to certain types of treatment. According to research, the skyrocketing number of asthma cases has to do with environmental causes such as increased pollution, food preservatives, mold, but also, lifestyle and even genetics.
Some natural vitamins and minerals have shown to have a positive effect on asthma symptoms.
Vitamin A: Has been linked to healthy mucous membranes and a deficiency of this vitamin has been found in asthma sufferers. Foods high in Vitamin A are: sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and berries.
Folate: Reduces allergic reactions and inflammation. This is also found in Vitamin B9, green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts.
Magnesium: Low levels of this mineral have been associated with asthma and increasing magnesium has been shown to minimize symptoms and attacks by decreasing muscle spasms, plus many other benefits.
You are probably asking yourself what chiropractic care has to with asthma. And it is quite simple. Chiropractic treats the nervous system by maintaining the spine and ensuring that the signals from the nerves protected by the spine communicate properly to the body, including organs, muscles and possibly lung function.
Many chiropractors also work with patients on changing certain aspects of their lifestyle. Being more aware of your environment, the food and chemicals that enter the body is a good starting point, as well as knowing the levels of activity or exercises that work best for the individual.
What may be of surprise is the impact of poor spinal health and posture and its contribution to the onset of illness or decrease in function. This can be attributed to the increase of desk jobs, cell phone and technology use that has an adverse effect on the spine. While most don’t realize the harmful effects of poor posture, and that increased pressure on nerves can wreck havoc elsewhere in the body, not only in the extremities but organ function as well.
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