What Causes Asthma?

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What Causes Asthma?

Anyone who has suffered from asthma or watched someone suffering from it knows how frightening this condition can be. You feel like you’re going to die because you can’t breathe or your breathing is impaired and that’s very scary.

What happens is that the bronchial tubes – these tubes, or airways, let air in and out of your lungs, so you can breathe – go into spasm so the air can’t move in and out freely. This can be caused by environmental factors such as pollen, chemicals or other toxins, certain foods that create an allergic reaction or just plain emotional stress.

The allergic triggers, known as allergens, spark off the release of histamines in your body, which try to eliminate the allergens by stimulating lots of mucus to mop up the allergens and push them out through sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and so on.

Histamine is the chemical (neuro-transmitter) your body produces when you’re having an allergic reaction. Although there is always some histamine in your body, a mosquito bite, for example, causes your body to release more histamine in the area of the bite, making your skin red and itchy.

One of the side effects of too much histamine in someone suffering from asthma is tightening of the bronchial tubes, which go into spasm and leads to symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath which leads to rapid breathing, difficulty exhaling, anxiety and dehydration.

The more the person can’t breathe, the more stressed they get, the worse the situation gets. Many people use some or other medication or the little pump to alleviate the reaction. The only problem with that is that over time the condition worsens as the real source of the problem is not being addressed.

MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCIES

Magnesium, being a bronchodilator and an antihistamine, naturally reduces the histamine levels in the body creating a calming effect on the muscles of the bronchial tubes and the rest of the body.

Many asthma drugs actually deplete the magnesium stores in the body, worsening the problem. They might be necessary to save a life on an immediate basis but the most important thing is to eliminate the underlying cause of the asthma and replace the magnesium deficiencies which are worsened by the drugs themselves.

CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM PARTNERSHIP

It is important to understand that your body needs both calcium and magnesium to make the nervous system function properly and to build a healthy immune system.

If you take magnesium without the calcium, your body will draw calcium from your bones and/or teeth to balance up with the magnesium. If you’re too low on calcium, then your body won’t be able to use the magnesium you’re taking as it needs the calcium too.

OTHER DEFICIENCIES

Calcium and magnesium are important for asthmatics but there are other nutrients also vitally important. For example, most people know that vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium into the blood stream but you also need the vitamin F (essential fats) so the calcium can be pulled into your tissues.

Just as calcium and magnesium need to be in a 2:1 ratio with each other so do vitamins D and F need to be in balance. These two oils are very important as they are anti-inflammatory and they line your bronchial tubes and help them “wash” the histamines away so the allergic reaction is diminished.

You also need vitamin C and your other vitamins such as B complex and vitamin E. This is the time to make sure you’re getting everything you need as it will help your body handle the histamine onslaught and build your immune system.

No Symptoms of Asthma: “I had a bout with an asthmatic event a couple of weeks ago and since then have been using CalMag-C regularly twice daily.  Since using the minerals along with an anti-inflammatory diet, I have had no symptoms of asthma.

“Instead of using a few meds which had horrible side effects, I decided to try the natural way.  I did some research and found out that low magnesium levels are a contributing factor in asthma.  Also eating sugar and refined carbohydrates increases inflammation, so that was cut out.  Thank you for an amazing product!” LK in California

Kids, ‘Flu, Asthma, PMS: I’m a mother of two beautiful 6-year-old twin girls. Last year the older one was suffering from ‘flu.  When I took her to the doctor he told me that she had asthma.  She was put onto a whole range of medication.  One day I explained to your representative that my child was not getting better. In fact, she was getting worse and very fast. She recommended some Whey Protein, your Multi-vitamin Combovite and your Instant CalMag-C.  My kids started to use the products in November and haven’t had any ‘flu since then and the asthma has disappeared!” AM Pietersburg

Please note: we are not doctors. If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition, please consult your medical doctor for advice. We do, however, urge you to see a doctor who understands nutrition’s role in resolving any health problems you have.