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Asthma incidences are rising rapidly in the West, especially in children; possibly due to earlier weaning and earlier introduction of solid foods to infants or replacing breastfeeding altogether with infant formulas. The use of formulas is around 10% in Ireland and interestingly the prevalence of asthma is the 4th highest in the world.

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in Ireland the prevalence of asthma is the 4th highest in the world.

Asthma's Triggers: Varied & Numerous

An asthmatic attack can be triggered by a variety of allergens, including chemicals, dust mites, animal dander, pollen, exhaust fumes, tobacco smoke. Processed foods with colourings and preservatives, especially sulphates have been shown to cause attacks.

Restaurant Meals are High in Sulphites

The average sulphite consumption in the Western diet is 2-3g; a single restaurant meal can contain 25-100mg! Sulphite sensitivity could be a result of molybdenum deficiency as the enzyme needed to process it in the body is molybdenum dependant.

Citrus fruits arranged in the shape of a smiling face. Free radical damage is more elevated in asthmatics, so diet should include lots of anti-oxidants.

Asthma & Modern Diet

Studies show that high salt intake also increases bronchial reactivity. Dehydration, heavy metal toxicity, altered bowel flora, leaky gut syndrome and food sensitivities can also be a cause as they alter the balance of the humoral and cellular immunity and load the body with antigens.

Weight & Stress Factors in Asthma Attacks

Being overweight and having hormonal imbalances also play a big part in higher incidence of asthma attacks: they are associated with PMS and hypothyroidism (that may be subclinical) and therefore stress factors in the body. Emotional stress is another possible trigger.

Asthma & Other Irritants

Temperature extremes and heavy exercise can also stimulate an attack. Exposure to irritants results in the release of powerful inflammatory mediators such as histamine, interleukins, prostaglandins and Leukotrienes.

The most potent chemical mediators in asthma are the lipoxygenase products –leukotrienes that are 1000 times more potent as stimulators of bronchial constriction than histamine. Asthmatics have an imbalance in arachidonic acid metabolism (from hard fats and red meats), leading to a relative increase in lipoxygenase production.

Potiential for Nutrient Deficiencies

Free radical damage is more elevated in asthmatics, so diet should include lots of anti-oxidant. It is suspected that 80% of asthmatics have low Hydrochloric acid in their stomach resulting in nutrient deficiencies and food allergies. Read on

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