A cheaper salt therapy for asthma

I have come to accept my asthma as part of my life. It gets better, or worse and in periods, stays dormant waiting to pounce on me like a crafty cat.

I have, over the years, compared notes with other sufferers and have  come to believe that most of us (asthma sufferers) tend to have their hands (erm, I mean their noses) full of a cacophony of colds, sinuses and other breathing issues too. So, we learn to irritatingly negotiate our way through life; wheezing, sniffing, sneezing and semi breathing at turns. Laden with our inhalers, miles of tissues, and staying well away from the pollen, we stumble along with a fatalistic apathy that we came into this planet doomed with a curse from the God of breathing.

Of course we try various cures. It starts with our mum’s desparate remedies and, once diagnosed that our airways basically have a mean attitude of getting inflamed and closing down on us, we learn to live with it.

Fingers crossed and with inhalers at the ready we soldier on.

If I have touched a chord with any of you, let me share my latest efforts  of a therapy for my ongoing burden. Yes, salt inhalation therapy!

It'll cost less than a visit to the seaside
It'll cost less than a visit to the seaside

Salt inhalation has been around since the Greeks, when Hippocrates recommended it for respiratory problems. The only recent evidence, however, comes from the former Soviet Union; a 1999 Lithuanian study of 250 children and 500 adults found that salt therapy for an hour a day for two weeks improved respiratory results in nine out of 10 cases. Hitherto, it still remains fairly unknown in the Western world, though ‘taking in the sea-air’ was always known to be helpful.

Salt inhalation therapy traditionally came through ‘salt caves’, places that can be loosely described as bit like a salty igloos. There are salt drifts everywhere around the world, underfoot and lining the walls. Now, hairnets are donned and shoes covered to keep these caves free of dirt, while the sound of waves and seagulls played inside enhances the weird, seaside effect. But the reality is the salt is purely decorative as the supposed medical benefit comes from breathing in sodium chloride aerosol, which is piped into the therapy rooms by a microclimate generator. This mixes milled salt with a current of air. The theory is that by breathing this in, mucus in the respiratory tract is loosened and coughed up. However The Saltpipe, a handy apparatus manufactured in the UK, has now made it both, more affordable (for the price of a few prescriptions) and accessible whenever one needs it.

Evidence of benefits are pouring in as small, regular usage is creating significant changes in conditions of many, including me!

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Could you have an enzyme deficiency?

As we grow older, our bodies produce fewer enzymes. We wonder “Why can’t I eat the same foods I used to eat?” or “Why can’t I eat as much anymore.” And we make the situation worse through our Western diet…

Our modern diet is high in protein, fat and refined carbohydrates. Fast foods, fried foods, sugary foods, white flour foods all demand more of our bodies, particularly our digestive system.

Raw foods such as fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of enzymes, but these enzymes are destroyed when the food is processed, canned or cooked.

Developing enzyme deficiency can lead to problems such as lactose intolerance which causes bloating, pain and diarrhoea. But the list of potential diseases connected to enzyme deficiency is long: coeliac disease, tropical sprue, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis etc. In fact many “food allergies” could actually just be enzyme deficiencies.

The Solution
Supplemental enzyme capsules can be taken to replace enzymes lost in cooking and enhance the enzymes found in raw foods.

When digestion isn’t working a person the symptoms are numerous: constipation, diarrhoea, mucous production, abdominal pain and a failure to thrive are just a few.

But when their enzymes digest protein, fat and carbohydrates properly through the whole digestive system then it can use those biochemicals for building muscles, balancing the metabolism, producing neurotransmitters and many other essential functions for your health.

It has to be said that many enzyme capsules contain animal-derived enzymes, but supplements like Lifestream Advanced Digestive Enzymes don’t, Viridian Co-enzyme Q10 and Quest Enzyme Digest are vegan as well. Enzymes can be sourced from microbial and plant sources, which have been shown to be more effective over the digestive acid spectrum.

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