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Dairy Makes Asthma Worse

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Pasteurized milk products stimulate mucous production in many people. Increased mucous production is present in all asthmatic episodes. My experience has shown that milk allergy is prevalent in asthmatic patients.
 
Conventional milk products should be minimized or avoided and water should be the beverage of choice. There is very little good nutrition in conventional dairy products.
 
Magnesium is an important element that is woefully deficient in our food supply. It is the eleventh most abundant element by weight in the human body. Every cell in the body depends on adequate levels of magnesium to function optimally.
 
More than 300 enzymes in our body require magnesium to function, and the body needs it to make energy.
 
Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is relatively common. It is estimated that less than a third of the citizens of the United States ingest the recommended daily allowance for magnesium.
 
The RDA for magnesium (or RDI, recommended daily intake) is approximately 300 to 400 mg/day.
 
Why are magnesium levels so low? Eating refined foods results in low levels of most nutrients, including magnesium. Good sources of magnesium include pumpkin seeds, barley, buckwheat flour, nuts, beans, seeds, fish, and spinach.
 
Magnesium is known as nature’s muscle-relaxing agent. In asthma, the smooth muscles around the airways can become hyper-reactive. The prescription medications Singulair, Advair, and Serevent all work, in part, by dilating the smooth muscles around the airways. However, all of these medications are associated with a host of serious side effects.
 
Magnesium, however, can result in the dilation of the smooth muscles around the airways with no serious adverse effects and much less cost.
 
The most serious adverse effect I see with magnesium is diarrhea. If you get diarrhea or loose stools with magnesium, just lower the dose. How much magnesium do you need? It varies by patient, but generally 100 to 400 mg/day is adequate for most asthmatic patients. Magnesium is a very calming and is best taken around bedtime.
 
Researchers have reported that sun exposure during pregnancy reduces the risk of developing asthma in kids. They looked at the vitamin D intake of 2,000 pregnant women in Scotland and the development of asthma in their children.
 
Those in the highest group of vitamin D intake compared with the group with the lowest intake had a greater than 50 percent lowered risk of wheezing in their children at 5 years of age.
 
Furthermore, those mothers with the lowest vitamin D intake in pregnancy were associated with a decreased response to asthma medication in their children.
 
There is no question that we are living in a time of severe vitamin D deficiency. People are inappropriately afraid of the sun. We use sunscreen in ever-increasing amounts. The result of this sun-phobia mentality is vitamin D deficiency, which is occurring at pandemic rates.
 
Vitamin D supplementation can be an important part of nearly any holistic regimen, including the treatment of asthma. Adults generally require 2,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D per day and children smaller amounts. Any lab can measure vitamin D levels easily with a routine blood draw.

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Pasteurized milk products stimulate mucous production in many people. Increased mucous production is present in all asthmatic episodes. My experience has shown that milk allergy is prevalent in asthmatic patients.
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