I have had asthma for most of my life, and a rescue inhaler is still a must-have in my purse. However, in the last few years I have been able to dramatically reduce the amount that I need to use the inhaler and have all but eliminated my asthma symptoms. Here are five things that I believe have helped my asthma.
1. Clean Eating
I find a direct correlation between how clean my diet is and how much my asthma bothers me. I’m not sure what the exact physical reason for this is, but I speculate that the healthier I the less mucous my body produces. I also drink a large glass of water with a drop of lemon essential oil every morning as soon as I wake up. This also helps to eliminate mucous production which keeps my lungs and airways clear.
2. Daily Vacuuming
Carpet can be a nemesis for those with asthma because of all the allergens it traps. I live in a rental, so not only do I have no control over the floor coverings, they are older carpets. I have a high-quality vacuum and I vacuum daily. Once a week I do a really thorough vacuum, but I quickly go over the whole carpet daily. I also use a hand vacuum to go over my couches and beds weekly.
3. Essential Oils
I recently got into essential oils and have been using them to treat my asthma and allergies. I think they help avoid getting into a full-on asthma attack by treating my allergies first. There are several different oils that I use and I diffuse them, apply them topically, and even ingest them.
4. Avoid Triggers
My parents have a time share by a lake, and something in their condo triggers a severe asthmatic attack every time I am there. Once I forgot my inhaler and nearly ended up at the emergency room, but even with my inhaler I can hardly stay there. So for our last weekend at the lake my husband and I got our own hotel room instead of staying at the condo. It was a small price to pay to actually be able to enjoy the weekend, and breathe freely.
While vigorous exercise can be a trigger for asthma, staying in the best shape possible not only keeps your body healthy, it keeps your lungs healthy too. When I walk and strength train on a regular basis I am able to participate in more vigorous exercise without triggering an asthma attack. While I will probably never be a runner, I am able to enjoy almost every activity with my kids and family thanks to regular, low intensity exercise.