Sunday, October 9, 2011

Asthma, Insulin and Digestive Health

Oxygen is our most vital nutrient. Therefore anything that interferes with our ability to breathe normally merits our attention. Most of us breathe shallowly, and use only a third of our lung capacity. Deeper breathing energizes the body. Most exercises aren’t designed to help us to breathe properly so we get out of breath. Oxygen deficiencies allow toxic substances to build up generating tension in the body. If you feel exhausted or stiff after exercising, something is unbalanced in your exercise program.

A fresh supply of oxygenated blood is vital to the functioning of every organ in the body. Therefore it’s important to spend time each day doing exercises that relax and oxygenate the entire body. Exercises that combine breath with movement can achieve this result. I like to do Pilates exercises.


Pesticide exposure is linked to asthma, eczema, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome and rhinitis. We are exposed to pesticides in our food, in our homes via pest control, as well as in the wider environment, especially if we live near agricultural areas. This is another reason to eat only organically grown foods.


There are several reasons why a person becomes food allergic. Among these are lack of digestive enzymes, leaky gut, frequent exposure to foods containing irritant chemicals, immune deficiency, leading to hypersensitivity of the immune system, microorganism imbalance in the gut leading to leaky gut syndrome, and the balance of bacteria and yeast in the gut. These tests can be done at home (see Lab tests).

As well as identifying and avoiding foods that cause a reaction, in order to allow the gut and the immune system to calm down there is a lot you can do to reduce your allergic potential.

• Digestive enzyme complexes that help digest fat, protein, and carbohydrate (lipase, amylase, and protease) are well worth trying. Since stomach acid and protein-digesting enzymes rely on zinc and B6, it may be helpful to take 15 mg of zinc and 50mg of B6 with a meal twice a day with digestive enzymes.
• Leaky guts can heal. Cell membranes are made out of fat-like compounds. One such fatty acid—butyric acid—helps to heal the gut wall. The ideal daily dose is
• 1,200 mg a day. Vitamin A is also crucial for the health of any mucous membrane including the gut wall. Having five grams of glutamine powder in water before bed also helps to heal the gut.
• Beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus or bifidobacteria can also help calm down a reactive digestive tract and reduce allergic potential.
• Boosting your immune system also helps to reduce any hypersensitivity it may have.

More advice and supplements for asthma

Often attacks of asthma are brought on by underlying allergies, stressful events, or changes in environmental conditions like the weather. Vitamin A helps to protect the lining of the lungs, while vitamin C helps deal with environmental toxins. Antioxidant nutrients and essential fats are also anti-inflammatory.


• 2 x multivitamin and mineral formula
• 2 x antioxidant complex
• 2 x vitamin C 1,000 mg
• 2 x essential omega-3 and omega-6 oil capsules
• Calcium/magnesium formula ratio 2:1, and up to 1,500 mg extra magnesium

You may order the above supplements from There are other companies that also provide high-quality supplements. This is where I purchase my vitamins. Please find the wellness resources link on this page, and follow to place an order. Thanks!

Please read more about this topic in the book The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet by Felicia Drury Kliment which is the one source for the above information.

Source: The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford

Also, see,,, a respitory health supplement, and Histablock),, (quercetin info.)Books: Digestive Enzymes a Woodland Health Series,

Wellness Resources

Disclaimer: These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease whether physical or mental. Please consult your licensed health care practitioner for medical advice and concerns.

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