Chiropractic Management for Asthma Sufferers (Part 4 of 4): Healthy Habits

Creating new health habits helps asthma sufferers. Big and small changes can add up to a major difference in the reduction of severity and frequency of asthma symptoms. Valuable tools exist in combating asthma including regular chiropractic care, intelligent nutritional strategies and healthy lifestyle modifications.

      In my four part series I explain how consistent chiropractic care can help asthma sufferers better manage their condition.

      In part one, I provided fundamental information on asthma and chiropractic treatment. In part two, I discussed anatomical and physiological details on how chiropractic care helps those with asthma. In part three, I supplied nutritional tactics to reduce inflammation and better manage asthma symptoms. Part four contains health strategies to help asthma sufferers prevent and lessen the severity of attacks.

      Disclaimer: Chiropractic care, nutrition and lifestyle modifications are not cures for asthma. Chiropractic treatment may help decrease the severity and lessen the frequency of asthma symptoms by optimizing nerve flow and re-establishing proper skeletal motion. Healthy nutritional strategies may help reduce inflammation and decrease the intensity and occurrence of asthma attacks. The suggested lifestyle modifications are recommendations to help asthma sufferers reduce symptom intensity and incidence.

      The correct amount of exercise improves health, fitness and immunity. Find an exercise you enjoy and do it correctly and consistently. Find a second exercise that compliments the first exercise and execute it correctly and consistently.

      Asthma attacks can be elicited by physical exertion and exercise. Increased oxygen demand during strenuous activity results in accelerated breathing rate and increased mouth inhalation. Air inhaled through the mouth is cooler and dryer than nasal air. The cooler, dryer air may cause asthma attacks. Exercising in colder temperature may increase the possibility of asthma symptoms.

      Increasing your breathing capabilities strengthens your lungs. Swimming and underwater breathing exercises increases lung capacity and strengthens the ribcage muscles. Swimming and underwater breathing exercises are strenuous and may prove difficult for asthma sufferers at the onset. The long term benefit far outweighs the demanding beginning.

      Be mindful to start and train at a level appropriate for you. Increase duration and intensity in small calculated increments.

      Carefully monitor your breathing before, during and after exercise to receive maximum benefit and to prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks. Build a stronger and healthier body with the proper amount of exercise. Help quell your asthma attacks with well-planned and well-executed exercise strategies.

      Smoke of any type makes breathing difficult. Cigarette, cigar and recreation drug smoke are powerful asthma triggers. Avoid smoking and smoke filled rooms at all costs.

      The negative effects of breathing smoke-filled air are well-documented. Reduce your exposure to smoking-induced asthma by encouraging friends and family to quit smoking immediately. Prevent asthma attacks and symptoms by breathing clean, non-toxic air.

      The quality of the air we breathe possesses a direct correlation to our health. Toxin filled air induces asthma attacks.

      When moving into a new residence have your air ducts professionally cleaned. Build up of trapped particles from the previous owners or construction work may trigger asthma symptoms. Follow-up every few years to keep your home’s air quality healthy.

      Change your air filters on a regular basis. This simple task makes a world of difference in keeping your household air clean. Quiet your asthma symptoms by breathing cleaner, fresher air.

      Limit your exposure to chemicals to improve your health and decrease the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms. Exposure to powerful chemicals often triggers asthma attacks. Long term exposure to strong chemicals can permanently damage the lungs. Do everything possible to lower your contact with disease causing chemicals.

      Use cleaning materials that are non-toxic to humans and pets. If a cleaning product provokes asthma or pre-asthma symptoms, dispose of it immediately. Purchase organic or natural cleaning products and use them as directed.

      Having dogs and cats as family members is a great experience. Follow several simple tips to make asthma sufferers lives with pets less troublesome.

      Pet dander can trigger asthma. Pet dander is old, dead skin which has fallen off the animal. Pet dander can stick to hair, walls, furniture, bedding and clothes.

      Here are suggestions to lower your exposure to pet dander. Bathe your animal often. Wash your hands after handling your animal. Wash the animal’s bedding, blankets and toys often. If the animal sleeps on your bed wash the bedding frequently. Have your house and air ducts professionally cleaned.  Sweep up or pick up any animal hair.

      Pets are loveable creatures. Enjoy your pet and lessen your asthma symptoms by keeping the animal clean and keeping your home clean.

      Strengthen your immune system to combat asthma.

      Eat a healthy diet filled with nutrients. Consume green leafy vegetables and vitamin C containing fruits.

      Get out in the sun. Direct sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Ten to fifteen minutes of sun during non-peak hours three to four times a week skyrockets your vitamin D levels. Boost your immunity with nature’s best tools: Healthy food and sunlight.

      Calm yourself to be better deal with stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are asthma initiators.

      Improve your reaction to stressful situations to better control your asthma. Decrease anxiety to reduce the severity and occurrence of asthma attacks. Develop calming strategies to better cope with rough situations.

      Yoga, meditation, visualization and breathing exercises calm the mind and body. Seek assistance from trained professional to receive maximum benefit. Utilize relaxation techniques to lessen stress and anxiety. Minimize asthma symptoms by better handling stress and preventing anxiety.

      Take control of your asthma. Live an active and healthy life through better asthma management.

      Utilize regular chiropractic treatment to re-establish proper skeletal motion and optimize nerve flow. Chiropractic care places the body in a position to function at its highest capacity. Maximize your body’s healing and functional capabilities to move and breathe better.

      Choose the healthiest foods for maximum benefit. Determine trigger foods and avoid them. Develop nutritional strategies that work for you and adhere to them. Feed your body the correct amounts of nutrients it needs to flourish and fight disease.

      Develop healthy habits to combat asthma. Exercise, sunshine and air quality are vital to propel your health forward. Employ consistent cleaning patterns to cleanse the air you breathe. Exercise to strengthen your immune system and increase your breathing capabilities. Relax and enjoy life.

      Asthma may be officially “incurable”, but it can be managed. Receive regular chiropractic care, consume healthy foods and create healthy habits to live the life you desire and diminish the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms.

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