Asthma is a common chronic respiratory disorder characterized by episodes of airway obstruction and reversibility. Asthma affects more than 25 million persons in the United States, of which approximately 18 million are adults.1 Asthma is known to be a complex inflammatory process affected by many factors including genetic predisposition, environmental exposures, viral infections, and other risk factors such as lack of breast-feeding, exposure to secondhand smoke, and prenatal stress.2 Symptoms include recurrent episodes of wheezing, dry cough, chest tightness, and breathlessness.
Integrative therapy starts with acquiring an accurate picture of one’s lifestyle including the environment. To this end, reducing exposure to triggers such as dust mites can be very helpful. Dust mites are microscopic insects that live off dead skin cells. These insects and their waste products can be allergenic and also trigger asthma attacks.
Dietary modification is also very important. Diet can modulate intestinal flora, affect immune maturation, and interact with underlying genetic dispositions in the development of asthma.3 Elimination of sulfites especially in dried fruits, as well as avoidance of food additives such as aspartame, benzoates, and yellow dye #5 may be helpful. Although exercise can induce symptoms in patients with asthma, numerous studies have shown that asthma can be better controlled in patients who exercise regularly.4 Helpful dietary supplements include vitamin C5, D6, E7, magnesium8, selenium9, and fish oil.10
Although at Rocky Mountain Regenerative Medicine, all of our discussions start with and emphasize modulation of the least invasive factors first, we do have the ability to employ complex biological measures such as stem cell therapy and exosome therapy. Our clients no longer have to leave Colorado and seek out these treatments abroad.
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- A.J. Grande, V. Silva, B.N. Andriolo, et al.: Water-based exercise for adults with asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 17 (7)2014 CD010456
- H. Hemila: The effect of vitamin C on bronchoconstriction and respiratory symptoms caused by exercise: a review and statistical analysis. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 10(1):58 2014
- S. Bantz, Z. Zhu, T. Zheng: The role of vitamin D in pediatric asthma. Ann Pediatr Child Health. 3 (1)2015 pii: 1032
- J.M. Cook-Mills, H. Abdala-Valencia, T. Hartert: Two faces of vitamin E in the Lung.Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 188:279-284 2013
- J. Hill, A. Micklewright, S. Lewis, et al.: Investigation of the effect of short-term change in dietary magnesium intake in asthma. Eur Respir J. 10:2225-2228 1997
- R.N. Rubin, L. Navon, P.A. Cassano: Relationship of serum antioxidants to asthma prevalence in youth. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 169:393-398 2004
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