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Hey, this is Dr. Gangemi and in this SockDoc
video I want to talk about asthma and exercise induced asthma. Athletes needing inhalers
and other drugs to get through the day, to get through a workout, needing to take a puff
of something just so they can workout. If you have to do this, really think about what’s
going on with your health that you actually need a drug just to give you the ability to
train. There’s obviously something wrong if that’s the case. Right now there’s around
six main categories of asthma drugs out there. One of the main ones is a corticosteroid.
That’s like Flovent and Qvar. If you’re needing a corticosteroid to open up your bronchioles,
open up your airways, then obviously you’re lacking those natural corticosteroids that
are present in your body to allow you to let that happen naturally. Another major drug
that people take is the inhaler like proventil, albuterol. These are a generic type beta-2
adrenergic type drugs that help to increase airflow to your lungs. They also have to do
with your adrenal glands too, that I’m going to talk about it in a minute. We also have two other major class of drugs
of those six that are very common. Histamines and another one called antihistamines and
another one called a Leukotriene type drug which is a type of an anti-inflammatory type
drug. These drugs are typically needed when something is running your immune system down.
If you’re having an allergic response to something a histamine type drug is typically warranted.
When your airways are basically constricting from some histamine response whether that’s
something that you’re eating and might not even know about but also the air that you
breath. Maybe you’re having problems with the trees around you or grasses or pollen
or something like that and it’s constricting your airways. Typically allergic responses are from underfunctioning
adrenal glands or they’re from digestive issues coming from your gut or from your immune system,
issues with your T-cells and your B-cells and of course the gut has a major part of
your immune system. Over half your immune system is located within your digestive tract.
And if you needed an anti-inflammatory, then you have to look at why you’re not naturally
fighting inflammation in your body. Are you eating a lot of refined carbohydrates? Are
you eating a lot of processed fats? These types of foods cause a lot of inflammation
in your body. Or are you doing something else to not deal with inflammation on your own? In other words eating a lot of beneficial
herbs and spices like curcumin and boswellia and ginger that help fight inflammation naturally,
or of course good fats like fish oil and pasture-raised beef, egg yolks, those sorts of things that
actually contain some really good, natural anti-inflammatory fats in them. But your adrenal
glands have a major impact on asthma. So typically even though asthma is of course a lung issue,
a lot of times it’s coming from your adrenal glands. You push yourself too hard, you’re
not recovering properly, you’re training too hard, you’re maybe working too hard, you’re
not sleeping well, you’re eating poorly, there’s just way too much stress in your life, you’ve
run your adrenal glands down and now you need an inhaler, or now you need a corticosteroid
or some other type drug to help you dilate your bronchioles because your body can’t muster
up that function on its own to deal with it. So, it’s really a warning sign, or it’s sort
of a wake up call you might say, that you’re doing something wrong. You’re not training
properly, you’re not taking care of yourself properly, your health has really suffered.
So think about the big picture with asthma. Don’t just get addicted to an inhaler the
rest of your life or some other drugs so you can go and train or even just walk outside
without having some sort of asthma attack or wheezing episode. I see the same thing
in kids. I’ve seen a lot of kids and I always see a lot of kids in my office with asthma-like
symptoms. It’s really common today because their adrenal glands are run down and they
have immune systems issues. Poor diet, too stressed out, and just not taking care of
themselves. Sometimes they just get addicted to the drug
and then it just runs them down more and more. Corticosteroids are going to run your immune
system down. So, look at the whole picture of health and fitness when you’re dealing
with asthma and exercise induced asthma and get yourself back in the game drug free hopefully
overtime. So don’t just stop your inhaler, of course, or your asthma medication. Talk
to your doctor about it and maybe teach them a thing or two. Hope you enjoyed this video,
lots more information on the SockDoc site on this topic especially but also sleep issues
that help you recover better, training and diet, nutrition, injury treatment and prevention
of course. That’s the foundation of the SockDoc site. More videos on their way. Hope you like
it. Check you out next time. Thanks for watching.

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