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    I tried searching through the site, but couldn't find much in the area of improving asthma naturally. I stopped taking my medication (Singulair) and long-term inhaler, maybe a little prematurely. From reading Primal Blueprint, some other sources, and common knowledge, I want to avoid taking over-the-counter and prescription medications as much as possible. I will ALWAYS have an albuterol inhaler just in case something were to ever go wrong and I'd need it (asthma attacks are extremely scary, for those that haven't experienced one), but want to avoid everything else.

    Have any of you improved your asthma, and if so, how? I know running is supposed to help a lot, but what else can I do? I try to do deep-breathing, but often forget once things get a little busy. Are there any foods, vitamins, supplements, etc. that will help?

    Thanks guys!

  • #2
    I cleared my life-long asthma with EFT. EFT is essentially acupressure tapping. Works well for the emotional causes of asthma (if any--depends on the person!)

    On the physical, supplementing to sufficiency with Vitamin D, and going full Primal (NO gluten grains) while eating very high quality food with sufficient minerals is key. Make sure you have sufficient magnesium in your diet or supplement.
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    • #3
      Stress is a common asthma trigger. An asthma trigger is anything that brings on asthma symptoms. When you have stress and asthma, you might feel short of breath, anxious, and even panicked. Stress may cause your asthma symptoms to worsen and cause you to feel frightened.

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      • #4
        I stopped my asthma and weezing by eliminating major allergens from my diet especially gluten and dairy. Also like rachelpit said, I reduced my stress levels by sleeping better, stopping chronic cardio and reducing caffeine intake. Not only has my asthma stopped, but so has most of my allergies and IBS issues.
        "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

        People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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        • #5
          I've had the same experience. I never had allergies growing up, nor asthma. When I was in my mid-30s, I lived in a house that unbeknownst to me was chock full of mold and who-knows-what. I started having episodes where I literally had to sit still and focus on gasping for breath.

          Took shots for allergies for almost three years but that just made it (mostly) manageable with OTC allergy meds and very occasional use of an inhaler (usually only when I had to get some sleep and was freaking myself out by not being able to breathe).

          A couple of weekends ago I vacuumed without wearing a respirator. No problems. Last weekend I burned trash and tree branches in the back yard, which for the last several years has meant at least one night and often several of sitting up to sleep so I could breathe. No problems.

          I've been eating fairly strict primal (no sugar, no grains, very little dairy, fairly regular fish oil & vitamin D) for four months. Drastically increased sleep quality and quantity, and reduced stress.
          "If man made it, don't eat it." ..Jack LaLanne
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          • #6
            I went through very similar experiences beachrat. We had an addition in the back of our house that sprung a leak and over the years mold grew under the carpets. We replaced the addition with a brand new structure and things got much better. I also took allergies shots twice a week for over a year as well as used OTC products to no avail. Eating really clean with no dairy/no gluten is what really did the trick along with great sleep. You and me have the same sig by the way
            "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

            People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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            • #7
              my asthma which I have had since I was a child has all but disappeared in the last year. As an adult it hasnt usually been that bad, but every night I would wake in the middle of the night and need to take a puff of my ventolin inhaler... I havent done that for a long time, I have stopped taking my preventative a long time ago as well (although I was pretty slap dash about that).

              I am definitely not 100% primal, and hardly even 80% some days (and currently not even managing 50% if you ask me..tsk tsk).

              3 things I think helped:
              1. Not eating grains, a better diet for sure, but as I say I am no where near 80% on this, but I practically never eat bread nowadays.
              2. Taking a regular vitamin D3 dose
              3. Getting new carpet laid in our house and buying a really good vacuum.

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              • #8
                I have seasonal asthma going to try vitamin D and I heard Magnesium can help too on the cross fit forums. BUT, interesting and relevant story, my friends dad was drafted into the Vietnam war into the army so he joined the marines instead (lol) they asked him if he has any health problems and he said no. He definitely had some serious asthma and he new it and it was effecting him. But, he said that after all the running and training they did he seemed to either develop or suppress it enough that its effects were very much reduced. I don't know how true this story is, but it makes you think with training maybe you can help it.

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                • #9
                  Dedaw,

                  A very common cause of asthma, is animal dander. Do you have any pets?

                  Mrs Grizz is severely allergic to most cats, and I almost died from Asthma caused by dog dander. Had to get rid of the dog and wet vac everything in the house to get rid of his dander. Then we made the mistake years later of getting another dog, and my severe asthma came back again. Had to get rid of dog #2.

                  Best to you,
                  Grizz

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                  • #10
                    some people can have an allergy to cats and dogs, some just cats, or just dogs. In my case, cats - definitely brings on the sneezing watery eyes etc. I am not often around cats for any length of time though to have issues with asthma. I have two dogs no problems.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the tips guys!
                      I am, at least slightly, allergic to dogs- but we do not have any pets, so no worries there!
                      I'm trying more and more to cut out grains and sugar(slowly but surely), and am noticing gradual improvement.
                      Vitamin D3 is usually on the regular for me, but might start taking it morning/night instead of once a day.
                      The story about the dad losing asthma symptoms from running a lot is similar to what I've heard, and the theory behind it is that running a lot strengthens your lungs and diaphragm, making it easier for you to run.
                      Stress I don't think is too much of a problem. Although my breathing gets a little more intense when arguing with my parents, I generally try to keep myself unstressed; that, and I've had asthma since I was born, mainly activity induced, although I always seem to feel it.(Modern medicine, gotta love it)

                      Thanks for all the helpful tips guys!
                      Last edited by Dedaw; 02-12-2011, 05:44 PM. Reason: Oooops! Forgot stress.

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                      • #12
                        I ran into the same issue, not a lot of clear Asthma information available. Each Asthmatic must find what triggers their symptoms. Some is allergy induced, whereas, some are adrenal function. However, since you're taking Singular, your asthma is allergy induced, same as mine. Through my own studies I found that Asthma is a immune disorder. Your body does not fight bacteria or infection very well. Other diseases are very similar such as Multiple Sclerosis.

                        Brief Asthma Background: Been taking Albuterol inhaler every 10 days for 25 years. I have had been hospitalized for weeks at a time on multiple occasions.

                        The paleo diet will clear your mind and help you seek the inner support to change from within. You are addicted to your inhaler. Everytime your chest gets tight you think of your inhaler. I have been there.

                        The supplements that helped me are:

                        Magnessium oxide: BRAND: Mag400rx - I dip two pills every 4-6 hrs. It calms the lungs and body.
                        Mullien: Will help you kill bacteria and fungis that sits in the bottom of our lungs.
                        Vitamin C and A: These will help your body cleanse itself of bacteria daily. min 10,000 milligrams per day.

                        For asthma attacks I use: Badger (Aromatic Chest Rub) I do breathing exercises with beard and chest coated. 3 to 4 mins. and Im great.

                        Foods: Onions, Garlic, pineapple, ect...

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                        • #13
                          I had mild asthma before going primal, basically a wheezed a lot when excersieing, most people thought I was severly out of breath, but it was normal elevated breathing that I could keep up for ages, colds caused worsening of the condition, and occasionaly attacks. Since primal I have had really nothing, not even when sprinting. So it has been a big improvement for me, I keep meaning to go back to the Docs to have my lung capacity checked, it used to be half what it should be, but I smoked then too.
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