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The Power of Your Mind

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  • Asthmatics who believed an odor was harmful experienced significantly more airway inflammation than those who believed it to be therapeutic
  • The elevated levels of inflammation stayed constant for 24 hours, which in turn might increase sensitivity to other asthma triggers, resulting in a self-perpetuating cascade effect.
  • Managing fear and anxiety about asthma triggers may help to improve your symptoms
  • Nearly 30 percent of people with asthma said air fresheners caused breathing difficulties, and more than 37 percent found scented products irritating
  • Natural strategies for healing asthma are plentiful, and include Buteyko breathing, optimizing your vitamin D levels, dietary changes such as balancing your intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, and exercise

By Dr. Mercola

Asthma has been on the rise for decades and now impacts nearly 20 million Americans, or 8 percent of the population. If you have asthma, the airways in your lungs may narrow and swell, triggering coughing fits and wheezing and making breathing difficult.


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