Five natural ways to manage asthma

Here are a few tips that may help to manage asthma naturally or prevent asthma attacks.

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Sep 08, 2014, 23:21 PM IST

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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. Common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it usually starts during childhood.

There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed whether it is mild, moderate, or severe, allergic or non-allergic.

Here are a few tips that may help to manage asthma naturally or prevent asthma attacks.

Exercise: Daily exercise can enhance your lung capacity. It will also strengthen your heart, which in turn helps relieve asthma symptoms.

Fruits and Vegetables: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to keep your lung healthy. Eating these antioxidant-rich foods will also maximise your immune defenses against viral and bacterial infections.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are believed to have anti-inflammatory effect on mucous membranes. Research has shown that asthmatic kids who took fish oil reduce their symptoms compared to children who took a placebo.

Healthy weight: One should maintain a healthy weight as being overweight can worsen asthma symptoms. Being overweight also puts one at higher risk of other health issues.

Avoid triggers: Avoidance of triggers is a key component of asthma control. Avoid triggers or causes such as cigarette smoke, pets, air pollution, dust, etc.