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If you suffer from asthma, it can be easy to feel like you can't exercise or participate in activities you enjoy. You can improve or treat your asthma symptoms by using these methods in conjunction with your normal treatment.
While the traditional treatment for asthma include inhaled corticosteroids, oral medications, and long-acting beta agonists, there are many "alternative" treatments that may help reduce asthma symptoms.
Caffeine has been shown to help open airways and make breathing easier. Some experts think that caffeine works in many of the same ways as a rescue inhaler, however we never recommend foregoing your prescribed inhaler without consulting your doctor. A cup of coffee or black tea can improve lung function for up to four hours.
While eating healthy will improve your general health, eating more omega-3 fatty acids specifically can improve lung function. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation that accompanies asthma. Some of the best sources of omega 3s are mackerel, salmon, flaxseed and oysters. You can also use a daily supplement to get omega-3 fatty acids.
Vitamin D and asthma are directly related. If your Vitamin D levels are too low, you are more likely to experience an asthma flair-up. If you spend time in the sun, your body will naturally produce vitamin D. In the winter in some areas your vitamin D levels will suffer if you aren't spending time outside. A vitamin D supplement can help offset this seasonal deficiency.
There is research that suggests that people with asthma tend to breath faster than people without asthma. Many asthmatics also tend to be mouth breathers which exposes the lungs to cooler, drier air which can trigger asthma. Breathing exercises can help improve lung function and breathing efficiency.
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