I’ve had asthma for over thirty years now.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve had asthma for over thirty years now. I know that there is not a “cure”, but I’m hoping you can offer some advice on how to improve my quality of life.” — Simon K., Quincy, MA
A. Dear Simon, I think diet is incredibly important in helping with any type of respiratory issue. I would start by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates, and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the one I personally follow and you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
There are also some natural ingredients I think could really help. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of the 5-LOX enzyme, an inflammation trigger almost no other medicine (conventional or natural) can touch. This makes boswellia effective at treating lung problems, many of which are associated with excessive 5-LOX activity. Boswellia stops bronchial inflammation, opens bronchial airways, and helps them remain open. It may also reduce the damage to bronchi that occurs over time due to chronic respiratory inflammation.
The boswellia I prefer is standardized to contain high levels of the key compound, AKBA, which gives boswellia many of its health benefits. While most of the compounds within boswellia are anti-inflammatory, there is one compound that is actually pro-inflammatory. Therefore, I recommend a boswellia that is low in beta-boswellic acid, which can actually cause inflammation.
There are a few other natural compounds that work synergistically with boswellia to help with respiratory conditions. Thyme helps stop the spasmodic coughing and “tickling” in the throat, relaxes the airways in the lungs, and strengthens the activity of cilia to help loosen phlegm and keep mucus moving so you don’t feel clogged up. Ravintsara reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, which can benefit any type of respiratory disease or condition. Myrtle is excellent for treating bronchial and lung infections because it is a strong antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial agent.
I would take boswellia, thyme, ravintsara, and myrtle two or three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally