Fighting Allergies and Asthma Naturally

by Dr. S on November 15th, 2009

Overall, a person's lifestyle can effect their health in many ways - typically, the American diet promotes systemic inflammation through imbalances of omega-6 and omega-3 pathways. In other words, the Western diet consists of too many omega-6 fats and not nearly enough omega-3 fats. Omega-6 fats are found in almost every food you eat and are especially high in margarine, vegetable, canola and soybean oils. Omega-3 fats are found in fewer foods such as green leafy vegetables, walnuts, flax meal and oil and cold water fish (salmon). The average American consumes omega-6 oils 20 to 30 times more than omega-3 oils, and this ratio should be more in line with 2-4 to 1. Also, the American diet consists of too many processed foods loaded with high-glycemic sugars and unhealthy fats like trans fats derived from partially hydrogenated vegetable, canola and soybean oils.

A poor diet and lack of exercise promotes weight gain and increased body fat storage, especially around the midsection. Central (intra-abdominal) fat cells produce chemicals (cytokines) that promote systemic inflammation similar to omega-6/omega-3 imbalances. Together, these factors induce a systemic environment prone to inflammation and disease including heart disease, diabetes and various cancers in conjunction with other conditions like allergies and asthma - those suffering from seasonal allergies and chronic asthma are predisposed to inflammatory reactions producing symptoms such as runny noise, watery eyes, sneezing, post-nasal drip, bronchial congestion, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Here are some tips that you might want to consider and speak to your healthcare provider about. It is important to speak to a qualified healthcare provider regarding dietary, exercise and supplementation before commencing. Various supplements can interfere with prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as various medical conditions.

Some basic tips to help fight allergies and asthma

1. Lose the midsection - Generally, a waist circumference measured at the belly button, more than half your height in inches is a red flag. Example: a 64 inch (5'4") tall person should have a waist measurement less than 32 inches.
2. Eat Right - eliminate processed foods including fast foods and beverages (sodas sweetened fruit juices). Eliminate high-glycemic sugars and white flour, and stay away from high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils). Eat a well-balanced diet including whole foods, grains, nuts, plenty of fruits (especially berries) and vegetables, and quality proteins and fats.
3. Stay away from wheat, barley and rye, if allergic to gluten.
4. Drink green, white and black teas.
5. Exercise: incorporate an aerobic and weight training exercise plan based on your particular ability and medical situation.
6. Use a natural nasal spray that contains saline and xylitol (see below).
7. Take a broad-spectrum multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.
8. The following supplements may prove beneficial in reducing inflammation and relieving various allergy and asthmatic symptoms: If you are taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist for possible interactions before taking any supplement.

* Vitamin C and bioflavinoids (500-1000 mg - 2 X day)
* Quercitin (250-500 mg - 3 X day)
* Boswellia or boswellic acid (300 mg - 3 X day)
* Fish oils (EPA/DHA) - (1000 mg - 3 X day)
* Flaxseed oil (cold pressed) - (1 tbsp - 1 X day)
* N-acetylcyteine or NAC (500 mg - 3 X day)
* Butterbur - make sure that this product is UPA-free (unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloid) - (50-75 mg - 2 X day)

Nasal Spray: I recommend using Activated Nasal Mist by Now Foods to help reduce nasal and sinus irritation.

Of course, seeking the help and guidance of a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in functional medicine, is always recommended because one size does not fit all; however, the above suggestions may prove beneficial. For more information or if you have any questions you can send me an email via my contact page.

Dr. Sardone

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