Monday, May 9, 2011

Asthma Pills Work, Goodbye Inhalers!

A new study reveals that asthma pills work just as well as inhalers and might be easier to take.  Especially good news to hear since May is national Asthma Awareness Month.  Asthma is defined as a lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, causing recurring periods of wheezing.

If you’re hesitant to pass up your inhaler just yet, here are some at-home remedies that could help your suffering.

Home Tricks to Curb Asthma Attacks

  1. Take vitamin D. Kids with asthma may breathe a sigh of relief — thanks to vitamin D. New research suggests that children with asthma who have higher vitamin D levels in their blood may be less prone to asthma exacerbation and have fewer asthma related hospitalizations than children with lower levels.
  2. Play a wind instrument. An Australian study suggests that playing the wind instrument the didgeridoo improves respiratory function in asthmatics over time. If your child suffers from asthma, there is a chance that the breath control it takes to play a wind instrument might just improve his symptoms. A similar study presented in the Journal of Asthma that incorporated a control group supports their results. The students that played wind instruments had a significant decrease in asthma symptoms and anxiety compared to the students who played non-wind instruments.
  3. Try the Mediterranean diet. Stronger adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern rich in fruits, vegetables and fish was associated with lower prevalence of wheezing in the past 12 months.  The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and other foods high in healthy, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E.
  4. Eat together as a family. One research study suggests family mealtime helped curb the frequency of asthma attacks.

Source: DIGGS Science


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