Allergy and asthma symptoms can be very uncomfortable. You might have to take medication or using a nebulizer every day so that you can breathe or prevent asthma attacks. Still, there are natural asthma remedies for symptoms and allergy-related issues. This post will discuss how natural remedies, including chiropractic care, may help manage asthma symptoms and alleviate allergy symptoms. Read on to learn more.
Stay Hydrated- Drink Lots of Water!
If you are feeling congested or having difficulty breathing, start drinking water immediately. The recommended daily consumption of water for adults is about 64oz per day. Drinking plenty of water will help flush out your system and give your body energy. Asthma and allergy patients must stay hydrated. Doing so allows them to breathe better and live an overall healthier life. Water is essential for our bodies to function correctly; half of the body is made up of water. So, make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if you are prone to respiratory infections.
Eat The Right Foots: Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Foods That are High in Omega-3s
Many people living with asthma have reported improved breathing after eating a specific “asthma diet” with fresh fruit or veggies regularly. Foods like fatty fish are high in Omega-3s, and certain fruits and vegetables have lots of Vitamin C. The nutrients that clean foods provide help put our bodies in optimum health. Make sure to eat at least one serving daily of foods that are high in Vitamin C. Green leafy veggie examples include kale, spinach, or collard greens. Yellow/orange-colored foods such as squash or sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin C. Include red-colored foods like tomatoes or strawberries and blue/purple foods like eggplant or grapes.
Healthy foods that contain high levels of antioxidants help asthma, and allergy patients breathe easier by helping to get rid of free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in certain fish and nuts. They have been shown to help asthma patients breathe more efficiently and provide many other health benefits.
Keep Your Air Clean to Prevent Asthma Attacks
Keep your house free of dust by using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or an air purifier. People with asthma or allergies are usually sensitive to dust mites and other allergens. Therefore, those who suffer from allergies or mild to severe asthma must keep their houses clean. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will trap most common asthma and allergy trigger particles, such as pollen or pet dander. That means they won’t continue circulating throughout your house with every step you take. If you don’t have access to an air purifier, that’s okay. Make sure to open up windows for at least 30 minutes each day to let fresh air replace the stale air trapped inside your home.
Air pollution makes many asthma symptoms worse. Ensuring your indoor air is as fresh as possible will alleviate asthma symptoms and relieve everyday allergies.
Take Probiotic Natural Supplements to Improve Digestive Health
Some people with mild asthma and allergies also have food allergies or intolerances. Eating foods that are good for the digestive system can help people breathe easier and improve the overall quality of one’s health. Fermented probiotics have been proven to improve asthma symptoms because they contain anti-inflammatory properties. Probiotics reduce inflammation and prevent the immune system from causing allergic reactions to common pollutants. With children, it’s important to consult your doctor before taking any natural supplement.
Unlike most Western medicine, acupuncture is a holistic form of Chinese medical treatment that involves inserting tiny needles into specific points on the body. For centuries this practice has been used to treat chronic pain and diseases such as asthma, but there’s only limited scientific evidence showing its long-term effectiveness to relieve asthma symptoms. More research is needed, but some individuals report experiencing relief from chest tightness or breathlessness after receiving treatments, including those who experience stress-related asthma symptoms.
Exercise Every Day- Even a Quick Walk or Bike Ride Can Help
Engage in physical activity regularly by taking a walk outside every day, even if you’re feeling tired. There is scientific evidence that taking regular walks can reduce asthma symptoms and allergy symptoms, making your body less sensitive to triggers like pollen that might be in the air at certain times of the year. Getting outside will also get your body acclimated to its environment and help improve allergy symptoms. Exercise is one of the many natural remedies for asthma and allergy symptoms.
For most people, 15-30 minutes of light walking or a leisurely bike ride around your neighborhood is enough to help reduce asthma and allergy symptoms without triggering exercise-induced asthma. But be careful; if you have severe asthma, too much strenuous exercise may exacerbate asthma symptoms. It’s always wise to consult with a doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
If you are not a fan of outdoor exercising, make sure you stretch out your muscles for 5-10 minutes when they feel stiff and tense after sitting down at work or in the classroom all day; this will help increase blood flow which can help you breathe easier throughout the rest of your day.
Use natural remedies to Prevent an Asthma Attack
Home remedies like herbal teas, apple cider vinegar, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint essential oils may help with allergy and asthma control. You can include eucalyptus oil in your daily skincare routine. Eucalyptus oil is a natural decongestant. It is known to decrease airway inflammation and clear out congestion from asthma symptoms and allergy. Symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness can minimize as a result of eucalyptus.
Apple cider vinegar can help people with asthma breathe better by reducing asthma symptoms caused by acid reflux which can be a common trigger. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into some warm water and drink it down before your morning or evening meal to get similar benefits to taking an antacid, but without the adverse side effects that are sometimes associated with traditional medication.
Other natural remedies for asthma and allergies include herbal teas that contain thyme, oregano, ginger root, peppermint oil, and grapefruit seed extract. These herbs hare anti-inflammatory agents that decrease airway inflammation that cause breathing difficulties. Peppermint essential oils are also great for asthma and allergies. Inhaling peppermint (very carefully, be sure to take proper precautions) is known to relax symptoms such as coughing and wheezing.
Again, ensure you consult your child’s doctor before implementing any essential oils, as some can be harmful to your child.
Try Breathing Exercises To Reduce Symptoms
Breathing techniques that open up the body’s airways and strengthen muscles in the chest area are great for asthma and allergy patients. One of the best breathing exercises is the Buteyko breathing technique, which you can do at home without a doctor’s special equipment or instructions. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete each day. You can use many other techniques to develop breathing patterns, including gentle breathing, belly breathing, and pursed-lip breathing, all of which are natural remedies for asthma and allergies.
If you are not familiar with the Buteyko breathing technique, let us explain. First, sit down in a chair. Next, place your tongue along the roof of your mouth to create tension between the back of your throat. Finally, take deep breaths in while keeping your mouth closed. Breathing exercises like this can provide many improvements. The benefits can range from helping asthma and allergy sufferers open up airways, strengthening the muscles inside the chest, and improving lung function. Practicing slow breathing enables you to breathe easier throughout the day without severe asthma symptoms like coughing or wheezing acting up.
Get a Chiropractic Adjustment to Help Your Body Function Properly and Increase Airflow
Chiropractors are experts at helping asthma and allergy sufferers breathe easier by correcting body alignment and opening up space between nerves. Proper alignment allows the central nervous system to communicate with other body parts. This may help relieve asthma symptoms like wheezing or coughing more quickly than they would without chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic treatment can help improve lung function and breathing patterns and may help reduce the chance of having an asthma attack.
A chiropractor can adjust an individual and may eliminate obstruction during nerve impulse conduction. This helps restoring the body to its natural alignment state. By doing so, they can help restore organs that have been distorted by injury or other factors over time. It is a complementary and integrative health practice that addresses everything from your head down to your feet.
The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond just improving nerve function and can benefit allergy and asthma sufferers. Regular chiropractic visits fix musculoskeletal alignment problems that free up your thoracic cavity, so you’re able to take all the air your body needs.
Asthma and allergies are more than just a seasonal nuisance. They can be debilitating, leaving you gasping for breath and unable to sleep at night due to constant coughing or sneezing. Thankfully, there are natural remedies available that may help alleviate these symptoms without side effects of traditional treatments.
ADIO Chiropractic in Madison, WI
Dr. Eric at ADIO Chiropractic works with families to create a care plan that works toward optimal health. Contact him today at (608) 824-0950!