How My Holistic Lifestyle Improved My Asthma
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of a Canadian leading research based pharmaceutical company. All opinions are 100% mine.
I've made some powerful discoveries about my asthma: I can help control it through my diet and mindfulness practices! Besides being a lucky individual whose asthma has improved with age, I have also used my experience as a yoga teacher and nutritionist to help eliminate asthma symptoms. I recently took The 30 Second Asthma Test and am pleased to report that my symptoms are in control. Are yours?
Medication is a regular and incredibly vital portion of an asthmatic’s life. However, maintenance and prevention through nutrition and breathing techniques have the power to significantly reduce intensity of the attacks.
Reducing inflammation and prevalence of phlegm and coughing is hugely critical. How do I do this? I've changed my diet and cut out inflammatory foods including, refined flours, sugar, meat, dairy and alcohol. Sticking to a whole food diet, eating the least refined, processed and altered foods you can find is the best way to reduce inflammation and improve your asthma. Bonus: you'll reap the added benefits of weight loss, mental clarity and fewer colds and flus.
The second side of natural asthma management is breathing techniques. Pranayama (breath control) involves energizing the body and improving the rhythm of the breath by practicing specific techniques. When you are feeling healthy and without symptoms, deep nasal and oral inhalation that is focused on the expansion of the belly, the full inflation of the lungs and deep exhalation, can train the body and mind to better deal with attacks.
Pranayama breath helps concentration, reduces panic, improves lung capacity and seriously helps you manage stress. This, in combination with some amazingly healthy cuisine and a commitment to regular medication, has improved my asthma and lifestyle in general.