Natural Ways to Combat Asthma

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Hi! everyone. It’s Dr. Nancy. So glad that you can join me. I am doing another live, another show, another great topic. And today we are going
to talk about asthma. We’re going to talk about asthma. That’s right. If you can hear me, if you can see me
just give me a thumbs up. I’m still on vacation. We’re making things happen. We’re spreading some
education around. All right. Well, today we’re going
to talk about asthma. An asthma attack. Wow! It can be really
scary thing, right? Has anyone ever experienced
a real asthma attack? It can be a really scary thing
for everyone involved. Your airways can be constricted and you can’t get air through
your nose or your mouth. Man, that is enough to send you
or anyone watching into a true panic, into a true panic. But the good news, there is good news actually, there is good news. The good news is, there are things that
you can do each day to actually prevent
an asthma attack. That’s right. And you can prevent an
asthma from actually happening which is one of the things that
we’re going to talk about today. Hey, Carol. We’re changing it up on you. We’re changing the
times up on you today. Hey, Joe. How are you? Today we’re going to take
a deeper dive into asthma. We’re going to take a
deeper dive into asthma and different signs and different
symptoms associated with asthma. Ways you can prevent
an asthma attack, and not only that, some natural treatment options, natural treatment options
for you to try. Does that sound good? Hey, Ronald. Doc, what? 8 PM? which is your 11. What? Hey, Wendy. Okay. Did you know that asthma is one of
the most common diseases in America? Asthma is one of the most
common diseases in America. Twenty-five million people
living in the United States currently right now
they have asthma. Twenty-five. Twenty-five million Americans. That’s one out of every 13. One out of every 13. It’s my bedtime too, Chris. Okay. Of that 25 million people over six million of
them are children. There are children. And in fact, asthma is more common
in children than it is in adults and while asthma is more common
in adult women than in adult men. Okay? Asthma cases in children are
more common in boys than in girls. I thought that was pretty interesting. What do you guys think? Yes it’s – it’s. I’m changing it up. I’m on a different time but still great information
that I’m going to share with you. All right. Sadly, there is no cure for asthma. And every day 10 people on average
in the United States alone they actually die as
a result of asthma. Ten people. So, therefore taking
good care of yourself, taking good care
of your whole body and doing as much as possible to
prevent an asthma attack is vital. And that’s what we are
going to hopefully dive into and talk about today. Asthma is a chronic condition. Asthma chronic condition that involves constriction
of the airways. It’s a constriction of the airways and when they become inflamed. Okay? So, here we’re
talking about inflammation. There are many different
types of asthma. Did you know that? There are lots of actually
different types of asthma which we’re going to get
into in a minute. But the symptoms for most of them, all the symptoms overlap. So, we’re going to
talk about the symptoms. Symptoms include shortness of breath, trouble breathing, okay? Wheezing, that wheezing, a tight feeling in your chest, that constriction in your chest, coughing especially during exercise, during exercise at night or when you’re laughing actually. Depending on the type of asthma
you may be suffering from other symptoms include
fatigue and excess mucus. When these symptoms
persist or worsen, when these symptoms worsen, they can result in an asthma attack, an asthma attack which
could cause very rapidly, can cause very rapidly or can even cause people
to stop breathing altogether. Coughing uncontrollably, that’s another symptom as in panic, trouble talking. Okay? And muscles of the neck
and muscles of the chest can become severely tight
and compounding. All right? So, an asthma attack
can be life-threatening. It absolutely can. They can range from mild to severe, and while like I said there
is no cure for asthma, proper health maintenance
is going to help prevent an attack. That’s right. Well, we’re going to get to all of
what I mean by health maintenance in just a moment. But before I get into how
to manage your asthma, I want to talk to you really quick
about the different types of asthma. All right? Okay, we’re going to talk about
the different types of asthma. Allergic asthma. The very first one. Has anyone ever heard
of allergic asthma? Allergic asthma is triggered
by some sort of allergen, some sort of allergen,
whether it be a pet dander. We love our fluffy, furry, cutie pets but pet dander, mold,
pollen, dust or food related. All right. Since pollen, mold, and dust
are major major triggers associated with this type of asthma, it tends to coincide with
and is related to seasonal allergies, seasonal allergies, to seasonal allergies. Yeah, me too. The next one is non-allergic asthma. Non-allergic asthma. Unlike allergic asthma, non-allergic asthma is actually
triggered by irritants in the air, irritants in the air, that aren’t necessarily
linked to allergies, irritants associated with
this type of asthma include heavy fragrances
like perfume. When you’re really sensitive
to all of that fragrance. Cigarette smoke, I feel like I’m playing charades. Two words, two words, air fresheners, wood smoke, up in the mountains and lots and lots of barbecues
in lots of houses and you know,
burning a lot of wood, wood smoke, household cleaners, air pollution like smog
or car exhaust and those are symptoms of
what are called non-allergic asthma. Next is exercise-induced asthma. Anyone has exercise-induced asthma? This type of asthma is
actually more currently known as exercise-induced bronchial
constriction, bronchial constriction or EIB and 90% of people who already
have another type of asthma suffer from EIB as well. However, those without
any type of asthma can actually be afflicted
with this type of asthma which is usually triggered
within 15 minutes of beginning to move
your body and exercise. Okay? If you notice you feel this type of
discomfort when you begin coughing or find it really hard
to breathe during exercise you might have EIB. EIB. The next one, cough variant asthma. Cough variant asthma or CVA
is an odd type of asthma, it’s actually kind of odd. It presents itself as an
annoying dry cough, and that’s it. No shortness of breath, no wheezing, just a cough that won’t go away. Do you guys have this or do you know somebody
that like, persistent coughing, dry cough that constantly
coughs throughout the day and it won’t go away until you are diagnosed
with and treated for CVA. As with every other asthma, CVA is brought on by some
sort of environmental trigger which causes your airways
to become inflamed, and the cough persists because it’s trying to get rid of
whatever is causing that inflammation. Okay. However, you’re not going to expel
anything by coughing constantly because I already mentioned
that that cough comes with CVA. Well, that one is a dry one. Jessica says my son
has that type of cough. Okay, so seeking treatment
is really really important because CVA can turn
into full blown asthma. So, if you’ve had that cough – Jessica if your son has had
that cough for weeks on end that either isn’t
turning into something or won’t go away, you might want to seek
some medical attention from a healthcare provider
or your doctor which will more likely include
the use of possibly an inhaler to reduce the swelling
in those airways. Okay? Next one, nocturnal asthma. Now this one’s another interesting
one as it is a form of asthma, a form of asthma
that worsens at night. It can be triggered by
pet dander, our furry friends, dust mites in your pillow
and in your mattresses, it can also be brought on
by chronic sinus issues, sinus issues and excess mucus as well as lower levels of
hormone epinephrine in the body, which works to widen your
airways and help you relax. Okay? So, stress, sleep apnea, obesity, gastrointestinal problems, and a delayed response
to an allergen. All of these that you possibly
were exposed to earlier in the day they can trigger nocturnal asthma. It can actually trigger you right
before you go to bed or at nighttime. Okay, the next one is
occupational asthma. As the name implies, occupational
asthma is work-related asthma, triggered by pollutants and irritants
present in your workplace. Now, this type of asthma
is often experienced in a variety of work environments like baking, farming, manufacturing like in a factory, and woodworking. Okay? And irritants associated with this
type of occupational asthma, irritants, they include dust and fumes, chemicals, dyes, animal proteins, rubber,
latex, and baking flour. All right. Asthma COPD. Dave talked about COPD overlap. Asthma COPD overlap. COPD, does anyone know what that is? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD and breathing problems are one of the major symptoms
associated with the disease. Major problems. Those with asthma don’t
necessarily develop COPD. Okay? And vice versa. However, when someone
does develop both… Does anyone have both? When someone does develop both it is known as asthma
COPD overlap syndrome or ACOS. Of all the annual
asthma related deaths almost half of those are
people 65 years and over and many of them
also have COPD and don’t even know it. They don’t even know it, making ACOS a very serious
and potentially lethal disease. Like the other forms of asthma
I just talked about, symptoms of ACOS are triggered, they’re triggered by the dander, the dust, the pollen and many other symptoms
that prove to be the same. One difference though, one difference is the
presence of excessive mucus, excessive mucus present and extreme apathy and lethargy, especially during the
strenuous activities or exercise. So, that’s one thing that overlaps. Moving on… How are we doing? I’m glad I’m helpful.
I’m so happy. Okay. Right. Chris says I am the
best back-writer, I know. Thank you for even noticing that I have to write every single
word of my note cards backwards. And it’s funny too because
I suffer from dyslexia and if you really want
to trick your brain and just mess it all up, start writing backwards
really really well. Now I don’t know which
way’s frontwards or backwards but thanks for noticing. Next one is childhood asthma. Childhood asthma. According to the
American Lung Association, up to one million children
suffer from asthma. So, the result of secondhand smoke, they suffer from asthma
because of secondhand smoke. Kids with childhood asthma oftentimes experience severe
asthma attacks, severe asthma attacks intermittently due to some sort of allergen
like secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke, so preventable. Don’t smoke around
your kids, parents, do your due diligence. Don’t do that. All right. Adult-onset asthma. It’s possible to acquire
asthma as an adult as well, so adult-onset asthma
can be triggered by upper respiratory infections, going through one of those. Or maybe you’ve managed
to avoid your asthma trigger all through childhood. Then suddenly you’re exposed to
a certain fume or certain pet dander and where adult-onset asthma
rears its head. An allergy test, if you just go
and get an allergy test that is the quickest
way to discover if and what allergen is the culprit. Just so you know what to avoid and how to better
manage your symptoms which could include
shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, coughing when you laugh as well
or during exercise and trouble breathing, you must get that checked out. Your life depends on it. Right? Oh! another thing is obesity. Obesity can also be a huge, a major factor in the
adult-onset asthma. The food you eat vitally important
to reducing the risk of obesity, the foods that you eat and potentially acquiring
adult-onset asthma the foods that you eat, right? Since asthma by definition is
inflammation of the airways, if you eat lots and lots
of anti-inflammatory foods, that’s going to be one of the
main keys to preventing an attack. Who knew? Absolutely. The foods that you’re eating
that includes eating high fiber fruits and berries and vegetables, lots of veggies in the form
of dark leafy greens. If you can only pick one vegetable, dark leafy green family, the nuts and the seeds, the lean proteins
like coldwater fish, chicken, beans and taking a natural powerful
anti-inflammation fighter like Smarter Curcumin each and every day. Consistency is key. You want to make sure
that you’re taking this this great incredible supplement. We’re going to put
that into the comments so that if you want to learn more
you can go and learn more. Since an asthma attack is most often brought on
by some sort of trigger it always is brought on
by some sort of trigger, it’s not just out there
and then it just hit you. There’s a cause and effect.
Right? And the trigger is the cause
and effect is what happens to us. Since it’s always most often
brought on by some sort of trigger knowing what your triggers are
is always really good and avoiding them
as much as possible is going to be the best way, that is going to be the best way
to avoid an asthma attack. Dust mites, for instance. Dust mites. It can be avoided by just washing your sheets
and blankets regularly once a week. Who does that? Who doesn’t wash your sheets? You guys going to wash
your sheets once a week. Okay? This is super easy to do and then avoid using
down comforters and pillows, hypo-allergenic is the way to go. These are perfect breeding
grounds for dust mites, your down comforters. Now it’s summer so you don’t
even need them anymore. Right? Okay. Stay on top of the weather forecast. They also tend to give you
a report on the daily air quality as well as the level
of pollen in the air. We’re in full bloom of summer, lots and lots of blooming flowers
and trees and things like that. So, if you know air pollutants
and pollen are your triggers you might want to stay
indoors on those days where their levels
are super super high. All right. Now here are a number
of home remedies that you can use to
help manage your asthma and alleviate symptoms of an attack. Okay. Ginger. Ginger is an inflammation fighter,
right? We know that. Ginger, inflammation fighter, plus it offers other benefits
of inflammation sufferers. Did you know that? Who knew that? Ginger. Who eats ginger regularly? Ginger helps keep the airways
open by working with an enzyme, a special enzyme in the body. Does anyone know what that is? That reduces the airways
ability to contract while at the same
time inhibits an enzyme that causes the airways to relax. It also contains something
called oleoresins, oleoresins which work to clear
out the mucus and the phlegm, the phlegm in the lungs
and in the throat. When ginger juice is combined with equal parts of honey
and pomegranate juice, this concoction reduces your
chances of asthma attack by a lot. And all you have to do is take one tablespoon of the
concoction three times every day. Isn’t that great? And it’s super simple and most most juice bars will
be able to make that for you. While I’m not the absolute
biggest advocate of drinking coffee, I do like it as a treat
from time to time or other caffeinated beverages. I did do a wonderful wonderful show
on the coffee alternatives episode. You want check that
out if you haven’t. The caffeine it can help
open up the air passages and alleviate asthma symptoms
for up to four hours and can be used when needed. Huh! There’s another good reason why you should drink a
little bit of your latte, right? Integrate more omega-3
fatty acids into your diet. Can somebody write that for me? Omega-3 fatty acids, omega-3s, you want to integrate more
of those into your diet. You can get more omega-3s
from foods like chia seeds, flaxseed,
walnuts, cod liver oil and fish like mackerel, sardines, awesome herring and salmon. Salmon, my favorite. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for
their anti-inflammatory properties. So, it’s no surprise they
help alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory
conditions and diseases. If you know natural fragrances
aren’t an asthma trigger for you, well then essential oils may
help bring some relief too. And if you’re super sensitive
to smells and fragrances use essential oils, they’re awesome,
they’re wonderful. When inhaled especially
eucalyptus or basil, lavender they can make it easier to breathe, any of your menthol oils, will help to open up your air passages and help your respiratory system. Okay? Just put a couple drops
in the palm of your hands and you inhale. All right. Essential oils, use them. They’re great. Peppermint, they’re awesome. Mustard oils. Somebody write mustard oil for me. Mustard oil not to be confused
with mustard essential oil. Mustard oil can – it can also help open up
the air passages when massaged right onto
your chest and onto your neck. And this is especially effective
when mixed with camphor, C-A-M-P-H-O-R, camphor. Anyone use mustard seed oil? All right. And try some breathing exercises. This will also really help. They can be really effective
both in strengthening the lungs so you prevent an attack. You can prevent an attack from coming as well as it can
be really effective in getting your air back into
your body during an attack. All right? Breathing exercises. Just inhale fully, exhale fully
in and out through the nose. One technique that
you should also try is simple diaphragmatic breathing exercises. Your diaphragm, your entire upper chest,
your diaphragm is this area located
right beneath your lungs. Okay? So, this is your chest
and your diaphragm is right here. Okay? You’re going to be strengthening it and decreasing the amount
of oxygen your body needs by slowing down your breathing
by doing this exercise and to do this you want to lie
on your back with your knees bent or with a pillow underneath
your knees and your legs extended. Just lay down like you’re ready
to just listen to the beach waves and you’re getting a suntan. Just lay down, okay? And you can support your knees
or your lower back by putting a pillow underneath it. All right. So, you can do this by
sitting up in a chair or having your back
supported as well if this is very uncomfortable
for you laying down but is reverse that. We want to have our belly rise first. It’s called belly breathing. So, first close your eyes and you breathe naturally. There’s no rhythm. You just breathe. You just close your eyes
and you breathe naturally. You’re going to notice that your
chest moves or your belly moves. And now I want you to try
to have your belly move first, your belly puffs up first, the hand that is on your
belly that will rise up first. All right? And breathe into your belly. You want to move that hand that’s
on your belly to move first. And you just inhale deeply
through your nose and you should feel that
hand on your stomach move but not the one in your chest.
Okay? All right. The pursed lip breathing
that’s where you’re – you know a lot of people
who do the Instagram or they do the selfies and they’re kind of
kissing the camera. Okay, that’s a pursed lip look. That’s what we want to do. So, this is the pursed lip
breathing technique is one that it can actually help you not only look
cute in your photos but it can actually help you
prevent an asthma attack. So, this technique helps to
relieve any shortness of breath and it does so by forcing you to force
more air out of your lungs. You see when you’re
having an asthma attack air gets trapped in your lungs. So, this actually helps alleviate that. And what you want to do is you want to close your mouth and take a breath in
through your nose and as you exhale part the
lips only slightly like this. Like, you’re going to, I don’t know,
kiss the camera, right? And you’re going
to breathe out slowly and you might hear
a soft whooshing sound or whistling sound
or wind through trees. Okay. So… Okay? The easiest breathing
exercise you could try would possibly be to
breathe through your nose, just inhale and exhale
through your nose. People who breathe
through their mouth have reported more
severe asthma symptoms and breathing through your nose creates more humidity in
the air going into your lungs which can diminish asthma. Who knew? Okay. Finally, yoga breathing. Yoga breathing or three-part breath. A three-part breath has also been linked to a
reduction in asthma symptoms. To do this, yoga breathing,
this three-part breath, begin by placing a hand on
either side of the stomach. Okay? Either side of the stomach and then close your eyes
and breathe into your belly so you feel your hands expand. Okay? You want to do this
for a breath or two. Now move your hands to
either side of your ribcage or just moving it up
to your ribcage and again try to breathe
into this area. So, you are breathing
to the bottom and then breathing
into your ribcage. Okay? In through the nose
and out through the nose. And last, move your hands
on the top of your chest. Take a few breaths in, breathing into your chest and then release your hands. Then you release your hands and next time as you inhale, breathe first into the belly, then the diaphragm and then the chest. So the belly is the first to rise and then the diaphragm
and then the chest. All right? So, you’re going to feel
your collarbone expand and you’re going to
feel your heart open, it’s going to just exercise and give more depth into this area. And as you exhale reverse
that order releasing so you’re at the pinnacle,
you’re at the peak of the inhale and then exhale and then this will go down and then your diaphragm
and then your belly will release. All right. Okay. Are we doing this? Chase is going to pass out. Yes, Richard, I am live again, keeping you guys on your toes. All right. Not only is this type of breathing
great for alleviating asthma but it’s a great way
to relax and destress. Just a couple breaths, a couple deep breathing techniques, deep breaths, whichever way that you want helps to calm your
central nervous system. It helps you get more oxygen
into your body up to your brain and just de-excites
and it calms you down. So, it’s really really good. And I’m actually
really really out of breath. I’m at 10,000 feet here, I’m in the mountains that’s why I’m all over the place,
logging on live, but I really really wanted to
just give you guys an overview of what asthma is, what asthma is, the symptoms associated with it, and different types of
asthma out there. Did we learn anything? Yeah. We learned some stuff, right? Focusing on adult asthma and what you can do to
prevent an asthma attack. Currently 25 million people suffer from some sort of
asthma every single day. Some of the symptoms include
shortness of breath, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing or coughing. Okay. We went through some of those. Asthma is generally brought on by
some kind of an inflammatory trigger, a trigger whether that
would be seasonal trigger, seasonal allergies, pollen or workplace trigger
or chemical fumes, pet dander, cigarette smoke,
dust mites. These are all also big time
asthma triggers and knowing what
your triggers are, first step, first line of defence
in preventing an attack. So, know your triggers and understand and be really aware what
makes you feel a certain way. Right? Biofeedback. Some of the different
types of asthma are adult-onset asthma, exercise inhibited asthma, lot of people who don’t
like exercise are like, I have that, I have asthma. I have some friends that do that but they don’t have asthma,
they just say that. All right. Or bronchial constriction, asthma COPD overlap
and cough variant asthma. Breathing exercises, caffeine, sometimes caffeine, eating anti-inflammatory foods and omega-3 fatty acids. These are all things
that you can do to help reduce asthma
symptoms naturally and we’re always trying to go
for the preventative stuff, right? The more you know
the better you can prevent. Ginger is also a fabulous
great asthma reliever as are eucalyptus, basil
and lavender essential oils, peppermint too, wintergreen, spearmint,
all of those minty ones to help you with any kind of relief
if an attack is to come on or if you’re feeling
really really constricted, you just need airways to open up, and if heavy fragrances
are just not your thing. That’s all I have for
you tonight this evening. It’s evening here. Thank you so much for
joining me yet again today. If you found that today’s
episode was helpful, if you know somebody
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one of your awesome suggestions, so keep those coming. All right. Sorry to hear that, Corey,
I hope this helps. Okay? Let’s see. Yes, and panic attacks, it’ll hopefully prevent panic attacks and breathing too, breathing really really helps to
prevent any kind of panic attacks, all of the breathing techniques
that I talked to you about. If you guys don’t have
essential oil diffuser, get one of those and you can put essential
oils in your diffuser and put that into
the rooms at night especially if you suffer
from nocturnal asthma. If you cannot breathe at nighttime then you want to make sure
that you have one of those and there’s zero side effects, there’s nothing bad at all
with essential oils, it’s all natural. I see some people putting
in Vicks Vaporub. They’re not all natural,
they have different chemicals in it. So, I want you to
just try essential oils and go the more natural route
without any of those toxins because they put some
chemicals in the Vicks. All right? And if you want it more strong, your essential oils, just put a little bit more drops. I usually put 10 to 14 drops
each 4-6 hours of diffuser. All right? All right. I hope you guys have
a wonderful day. I’ll see you very very soon.

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