The amount of people with asthma is steadily climbing each year. While inhalers will always be critical for managing asthma attacks and saving lives, there are many lifestyle tips and tricks for controlling it on a day-to-day level that can drastically improve the quality of life for someone with asthma. Here are 19 of our favorite natural and alternative asthma control remedies to try implementing into your daily routine.
- Lemon is an anti-oxidant and anti-septic so it kills the bacteria that causes asthma attacks. Try drinking a daily glass of water with a whole freshly squeezed lemon in it.
- Peppermint oil diffusers help saturate the air with a smooth texture, which sooths your lungs and decreases attacks.
- House plants clean indoor air and are very helpful for asthma households. Read our “Top 10 Air Purifying House Plants” post to learn about the best plants for asthma.
- Turmeric, a spice mainly used in African and Indian food, is an anti-inflammation spice. You can take it by capsule daily or add in a few dishes that use turmeric into your weekly meal plan.
- Use smart devices like AWAIR to monitor your home,office and/or school air. This device sends reports to your phone about the air quality around you, gives tips on what to do about it and helps you take control of your environment. It’s really helpful for those that are sensitive to the air, like people with asthma, allergies or eczema.
- Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom to keep your lungs hydrated throughout the night.
- You should also be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day to help your lungs stay hydrated.
- Chilli Peppers and other spicy foods open your airways and helps your breath better. Try adding a couple Mexican dishes to your weekly meal plan.
- Change out your home’s air filters often to keep your air ultra clean and limit the amount of attacks you get from dust.
- Some people find that omitting dairy from their diet reduced the number of asthma attacks they have.
- Avoid smoking and being around those who smoke. The same rule applies to home fireplaces, camp fires, and so on. All kinds of smoke can trigger an attack.
- Reduce your sodium intake since sodium is known to make airways more sensitive to asthma triggers.
- Keep fresh air in house! Read our blog post about indoor air quality to learn why fresh air is important for those with asthma and airborne allergies.
- A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is helpful since these fatty acids reduce inflammation in your airways.
- Green Tea contains quercetin and epigallocatechin flavonoid which both relieve asthma attacks.
- Or you can drink a strong cup of coffee in the morning since it acts as as theophylline, a drug that keeps your airways open.
- Frequently clean your house, sweep the floors, shake out the rugs and so on to rid it of dust and other elements that trigger an asthma attack.
- Yogurt contains vitaminB12 which alleviates asthma symptoms. Alternatively, you can take a daily capsule if you are omitting dairy from your diet.
- Honey soothes the throat and can be eaten directly or added to teas.
Asthma doesn’t have to be the thing that defines you. While there is no cure for asthma and you should always carry an inhaler for emergencies, there are many small, alternative and natural asthma remedies to try that can greatly improve your daily life.
Try a few of these tips today!