Seasonal Asthma, Asthma Winter, Best Asthma Info, Part 3
Following are more things that you can do to keep you or your asthmatic child healthier this winter. In fact the tips you pick up today, will benefit everyone in your household, not just those suffering this debilitating life threatening disease.
So, let’s get on the same page here and all agree when we suffer from colds, flu and other bugs and Asthma attacks, we feel like poop and have a general lack of energy, motivation and enthusiasm. That said; now let’s look at what we can do with Nutrition to help our immune system stay on top of its game. No. No come on, stop that groaning, I heard you – it is not that hard honestly. Look studies have shown that a good diet, rich in good quality vegetables, fruit, lean protein, low fat diary, whole grains, adequate sleep and a little exercise all helps your immune system stay healthy which in turns promotes faster recovery from illness.
If you eat a good selection from the above list, it should/could provide a diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
So what fresh produce should you put into your shopping cart?
I fill mine with heaps of Pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato all 3 varieties that you can get here the purple, white and orange skinned varieties, zucchini, carrots, egg plant, fresh beans, peas, mushrooms, fresh beetroot, apples, all citrus, grapes, melon, garlic, need I go on? I think you get the picture.
I also buy tinned legumes and tomatoes.
Another thing I do is make my own yogurt, which then has live cultures in it, which are good for your stomach and digestion. I make all my own breads, cakes and biscuits, using Spelt Flour, however that is my choice, and I know not everyone has the time to do this, so try and buy Spelt Bread, it is so nutritious and if you buy your yogurt, try and buy a good quality one.
With Meat and poultry, buy as lean as possible, and when buying fish, make it Oily fish, which is richer in Omega 3.
I have listed the following 3 magazines that I get through subscription; they give heaps of great recipes. You never need be bored. If you’re very busy and working, make extra and freeze, then when you don’t feel like cooking, you do not have to buy take out.
One thing I am adamant about though, is the use of supplements. This is my choice, everyone has a choice, and I choose to do this because I believe, we do not know how rich the soils were in nutrients when the food was grown, how long the food has been sitting in storage, and even which country it has come from most of the time.
So I take a good quality Multi-vitamin and mineral, plus a Live Probiotic capsule, one which I buy from the pharmacy, they keep it in the fridge, and I keep it in the fridge. Probiotics are needed for your digestion and also help to keep your immune system healthy. I like to take extra even though I make my own yogurts, which are full of them.
I also take a good quality Fish Oil to get more Omega 3’s even though I do eat Fresh Oily fish 3-4 times per week, plus have canned tuna for lunch nearly every day. My daughter also takes what I take plus a little more. She also has Grapeseed extract everyday, plus in winter she takes a Vitamin C, plus a Garlic and Horseradish Capsule and every other day Echinacea and Zinc.
Have supplements helped? The resounding answer is yes, since my daughter has been taking them and adding extra to her winter regime, having viruses 3 to 4 times in winter are a thing of the past. It is very rare she gets sick, plus she has not had an Asthma Attack for years. She takes precautions every step of the way as she wants to keep it that way. She knows what it is like to be rushed to an emergency centre at a hospital, unable to breath.
If you asked her about supplements, her answer would be this “I know some people think it doesn’t help, for me it has. Some people have said to me, I am peeing out money; well I would rather pee out a little money and know that my body is as fit as I can get it, and I stay well and not get sick all the time. I have a baby, I have a husband, I have a life, and I take precautions to safe guard my life. I have a disease that can kill; I want to be around to see my great-grand children”
Just one more thing before I go, on the supplement issue. You get what you pay for, please make sure if you decide to go the supplement route as well as the good nutrition route, that you buy quality.
The Next thing you must do for your body is have lots of water. Heaps of fluids are vital to your body working correctly. Water, coffee, tea, and juice, as well as water-filled foods such as fruit, vegetables, soups, and stews all help keep your body hydrated. One thing both my daughter and I do for our families is make this juice of a morning and they drink it with their breakfast. It is yummy, so pen and paper ready to take down the recipe?
1 peeled medium sized fresh beetroot, 6 large apples, 2 carrots. Juice and serve. You would need to play with the amounts, depending on the size of your family. Remember, when juicing, you need to consume it within 10 minutes of making, or it looses its impact.
I hope my 3 posts have helped you in some way, remember, without our health, everything else in life cannot be enjoyed to its fullest.
Until Next time,
I wish you and yours the best of Health!
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It is important to note that information contained in this post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner