Asthma and other immune disorders are often
helped by diet and supplements. First, I would consider whether
food allergies play a role in your problem. The most common
sensitivity is milk, but wheat, egg, soy, yeast, or almost
any other food might contribute to your symptoms. Eliminate
sugar that does not occur naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat a natural food diet without artificial flavors, colors,
preservatives, and pesticide residues (organic foods are free
of such chemicals).
Supplements that I suggest start with vitamin
C, and even 2000 mg before exercise can reduce exercise induced
asthma. I often recommend taking that amount 2 to 3 times
a day. Essential fatty acids help reduce airway muscle spasm.
The usual dose of gamma-linolenic acid from borage oil or
evening primrose oil is 240 mg per day. Magnesium also is
a muscle relaxant, and helps in asthma (for acute asthma,
injections of magnesium can often replace drugs). The usual
daily dose is 500 to 1000 mg. Flavonoids that help with allergies
also may help with asthma. Quercetin stabilizes mast cells
and basophils, and reduces their release of histamine. The
typical dose is 800 to 1200 mg daily. Proanthocyanidins from
grape seeds or pine bark may also help with allergies. The
usual dose is 100 to 200 mg daily.
Other supplements may also help, but stress
reduction techniques may be just as important as any dietary
practice or supplement.
Does salt really contribute to hypertension?
High blood pressure is influenced by a number of health practices,
and salt is one contributor. The salt consumption recommendation
of 2400 mg daily, far lower than the US average, is too high.
A whole foods diet (more fruits and vegetables) and reduced
salt consumption of only 1500 mg could lower blood pressure
significantly even in non-hypertensives, and thus lower the
risk of heart disease and stroke by 20 and 35 percent respectively.
This is better and safer than blood pressure medications.
Most salt is not added in the home, but is already in processed
foods when you buy them, so you may not be aware of how much
salt you are consuming.
In addition to a whole, natural foods, mostly
vegetarian diet, you should also consider some dietary supplements,
such as garlic, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and GLA
(from borage oil), as part of your management of hypertension.
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