The rapid increase in the number of chronic nonspecific respiratory diseases, including bronchial asthma, determine the particular relevance of prevention and treatment of this pathology, both in medical and social aspects. Non-drug methods of treatment are particularly important because of their safety, diverse effects on the protective mechanisms of the body, high efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In this article, we will review the essential minerals and vitamins in the treatment of asthma and allergy.
Magnesium: an essential mineral for asthma and allergy
Magnesium will help manage asthma! In February 2010, Dr. Byron Richards made a sensational statement and asthmatics of the entire planet can now breathe a sigh of relief! Bronchial asthma can be controlled with magnesium. The dietologist conducted a study and found that this mineral can improve the conductivity of the respiratory tract. Study participants noted that they felt a clear relief. And their quality of life clearly improved compared to how they felt six months ago. Dr. Richards recommends that “600–800 mg of magnesium should be consumed daily by all those who are affected by bronchial asthma. This applies especially to those people who suffer from exercise-induced asthma.
Essential vitamins for asthma and allergy
- Vitamin D. Asthmatics often have low levels of vitamin D, and the lower the concentration, the harder the seizures. Experts believe that the lack of “solar vitamin” weakens the work of the immune system in general and manifests itself in frequent diseases of the upper respiratory tract in particular. Even if your child does not suffer from asthma or allergies but constantly catches a cold, a pediatrician may prescribe a course of vitamin D. However, his dosage is very dependent on the use of ultraviolet radiation;
- Vitamin C is also useful for improving the condition of asthmatic and allergic children. Its deficiency can cause increased asthmatic symptoms such as tightness in the chest and a lack of air, especially if asthma is caused by allergies. Vitamin C is also indicated for healthy people who experience shortness of breath after exercise;
- Vitamins of group B. Vitamin B12 becomes an excellent helper in alleviating asthmatic breathing. It helps to relax the bronchial tubes, increases the body’s ability to fight allergens, which often provoke an asthma attack. However, you need to be extremely careful when taking this vitamin because its excess causes nervous excitement and other unpleasant consequences in children;
- Vitamins A and E. Recent studies have confirmed that vitamin E has some antihistamine properties and helps the immune system respond adequately to allergens. Apparently, this is due to the fact that vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and it has the ability to reduce the harmful effects of free radicals on the body. If your child has already been diagnosed with bronchial asthma, then the pulmonologist should prescribe therapeutic doses of the vitamin preparations.
What is speleotherapy?
Speleotherapy is a method of treating asthma and other diseases of the respiratory system, based on the patient’s prolonged stay in a room in which there is air containing salts and other minerals that have a beneficial effect on the respiratory organs.
The microclimate of caves and salt mines, in addition to the low content of allergens and pollutants in the air, is due to its high ionization and the presence of highly dispersed aerosols (especially in the case of salt caves, sodium chloride), as well as constant moderate temperature, humidity and stable pressure. Additional therapeutic factors characteristic of karst caves include an increased concentration of carbon dioxide and the radioactivity of the air.
The overall impact of speleotherapy on the human body has not yet been fully studied. Nevertheless, it has been established that the cave and mine microclimate has a positive effect not only on the functions of the respiratory organs, but also on the nervous, cardiovascular, and immune systems.
In addition to the fact that the air of the caves is poor in pathogens, negative ions also have a bactericidal effect. Salt aerosols help to dilute sputum and its removal from the respiratory system, clearing the airways up to the bronchioles and restoring the normal functioning of the bronchi. Improving the respiratory function, in turn, helps to reduce blood pressure in the pulmonary artery and the whole body.
In 85% of cases, the patient’s condition improves (full recovery occurs more often in children and patients with mild asthma). Later a new method of mineral-based asthma treatment appeared – halotherapy.
What is halotherapy?
Halotherapy is the use of table salt with dry aerosol (sodium chloride) for therapeutic and preventive purposes. Sodium chloride aerosols belonging to highly dispersed aerosols are able to penetrate deeply into the respiratory tract and stimulate the motor activity of cilia of the ciliated epithelium and change its permeability to the level of bronchioles. At the same time, due to the restoration of normal osmolarity, the production of the bronchial mucous secretion decreases, its rheological properties are improved. Against this background, patients have improved respiratory function, gas exchange and general condition, and the course of respiratory diseases noticeably improves. Halotherapy is carried out in specially equipped rooms – halochambers. The microclimate formed in the halochamber has: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial mucolytic, hyposensitizing, secreting, bronchospasmolytic and draining effects.
The use of essential minerals and vitamins, as well as their combination with underground speleotherapy and ground-based speleotherapic chambers, provide the patient with optimal conditions for recovery, help maximize the adaptive capabilities of the body, and timely influence the mechanisms of the pathological process.