8 Ways to Relieve Asthma Naturally

causes upwards of 180,000 deaths per year. The cause is not well-understood but here are 8 proven ways to help relieve symptoms naturally. There is nothing more terrifying than


not being able to breathe. But that's what asthmatics face every day. Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by inflam- mation of the airways. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tight- ness and cough. According to the Global Initiative for Asthma it affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide. And it increases globally by 50 percent every decade.

Asthma is also deadly. According to

the World Health Organization, it is linked to more than 180,000 deaths per year. No single cause of asthma has been

identified. Symptoms may be triggered or worsened by viral infections, allergens, tobacco smoke, exercise and stress, among other things. Obesity is also linked to asthma. A


sthma affects about 300 million people worldwide. It is growing by 50 percent every decade and

study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that obesity is both a risk factor for asthma and is associated with increased severity of the symptoms. And a study in the journal Allergy looked at data from the 2005-2006 Na- tional Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). It found that obese people had more than 2.5 times the risk of developing asthma as people with a normal body mass index (BMI). Researchers from Duke University also reviewed NHANES data from 2001 through 2004. They found that people with a BMI in the obese range were 12 percent more likely to have more severe asthma. They hypothesized that the inflammation induced by obesity may contribute to worse asthma symptoms. Several studies link some asthma

cases to childhood vaccines and their tim- ing. In a study of 1,531 children in Mani- toba, Canada, researchers found that the risk of developing asthma by the age of seven was cut in half when the first diph- theria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) immuniza- tion was delayed by more than two

months. Delaying all three doses of DPT vaccines cut asthma risk by 60 percent. Studies show breast feeding reduces the risk of developing asthma. In a study of 1500 infants and pre-schoolers, children who were exclusively breast-fed had lower asthma rates than those partially breast-fed or given formula milk. And a meta-analysis of 12 studies published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that exclusive breast feeding dur- ing the first three months after birth re- duced asthma risk by 30 percent. Re- searchers attributed the effect to the im- munomodulatory properties of breast milk. For those suffering with the disease,

there are natural remedies to relieve symp- toms. Here are just eight proven ways to relieve asthma.

1. Breathing Exercises Many studies show that breathing

exercises have a therapeutic role in the treatment of asthma. In one randomized controlled trial asthma patients taught breathing exercises showed significant improvements in their quality of life, symp-

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