I had asthma when I was a kid. I thought I was totally cured by it until it hit me again just recently. Asthma is a ubiquitous and costly disease and even despite repeated claims in the medical community that an asthma cure is impossible, that shouldn’t stop you from looking after yourself. You don’t have to be an expert on the subject, either, but you should at least understand as much as you can.
I don’t want to rely on drugs/chemical medication, so I look for more natural ways in battling or preventing asthma attack, and I’m so honored to be part of this amazing platform where I can share bits of pieces to those going through the same path.
First: get the right nutrients for your body.
That starts with good diet, an integral part of an overall asthma treatment plan. When I say good diet, I mean a sustainable healthy diet. Good Food Community is all about that. I met Ryan Abarra, Good Food Community’s Sales Manager, a few months ago, and he introduced me to this wonderful green community.
“Our mission is to connect socially aware city-dwellers with small holder farmers in a re-localized food economy, we will make farming more sustainable, conserve and protect our soil resources and build the health of our communities. With your support and participation, we are growing a new social change model that can be replicated all over the Philippines and the world,” Ryan said.
Good Food Community is about growing a sustainable society that nourishes everyone — you, the farmers, the land and generations to come. They offer basket of fresh, seasonal, organic produce such as:
Bayong Pambahay – a colorful mix of leafy and hearty vegetables (typically 6-8 types weighing about 3.5 kg and good for a family of 4). Salad Pack. – A crispy mix of fresh salad greens and herb (roughly 500 gms with occasional fruit if in season) and; Juice Pack – a choice mix of detox, energy and renewal juicing vegetables for approximately half a liter of sunshine (no organic apples though)
Good Food Community is located at 201 Garden Heights, E. Rodriguez, Sr. Ave, Quezon City, 1102 Quezon City, Philippines. For inquiries, you may call 0906 433 2324 or connect with them on Facebook.com/goodfoodcommunity
Eating right has a lot of benefits.
Gone are the days of wilted salads or glorified dishes whenever you eat out. Going green nowadays isn’t such a loft goal anymore, thanks to the slew of new joints peddling a healthier lifestyle, Healthy Basket being one of them.
“Each person has a unique way of eating, that’s why Healthy Basket would like to assess your eating lifestyle pattern in order to suit your diet program according to your specific needs, medically speaking or not. Eating right doesn’t mean depriving and starving yourself. It’s all about portion control and food preparation,” said Glynnis Lyn, Administration Officer, Healthy Basket.
Healthy Basket is located at#28 K-J corner K-6 east kamias, Quezon City, Philippines. For inquiries, you may call 0917 779 9882 or connect with them on Facebook.com/healthybasketdelivery.ph
Juicing can prevent further asthma attack.
When my asthma attacks, I normally depend on my rescue inhaler. This contains steroids and coats my lung walls with drugs/chemicals that may cause further breathing problems over a period of time.
Making eating clean as a lifestyle should be one of the first steps to prevent further asthma attacks. With Spruce Cold Pressed Juices, plenty of healing fruits and vegetables help reduce/eliminate the underlying inflammation of my air passages, dilate the air passages, thin down mucus in the lungs, and reduce food allergy reactions that trigger my asthma attacks. Such a relief, you have no idea how good it feels :)
Spruce Cold Pressed Juices is located at Century City, Kalayaan Ave. corner Salamanca St., Brgy. Poblacion, 1210 Makati, Philippines. For inquiries, you may call 0917 897 2108 or connect with them on Facebook.com/drinkspruce
Gluten and dairy are the biggest culprits!
Identifying the culprits can be very hard, and the most bewildering part of it all is hidden or masked food allergy. Desserts have been a great part of family gatherings and parties, and eggs and dairy are among the most common food triggers of asthma attacks. This is very sad. Fortunately, I discovered Delicielo, which provides home-made, handmade artisanal breads and vegan desserts.
“What makes our desserts healthy are the high quality ingredients we use for every product that we have. Replacing dairy, egg, and refined sugar makes our products a ton healthier than traditional desserts, not to mention cruelty-free and environment friendly too!,” said Cielo Castro, owner of Delicielo.
Below are some highly recommended gluten free delectables:
Mango Vanilla Cake Price: P700 6″
S’mores Price: P450 box of 6 & Malunggay Cupcakes Price: P450 box of 6
Delicielo is located at One Gateway Place, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong, Philippines. For inquiries, you may call 0905 492 4694 or connect with them on Facebook.com/delicieloph
Exercise reduces symptoms.
Paradoxically, physical exercise can cause asthma, but can also control it. Sudden, sharp movements, especially when associated with cold, can bring on an asthma attack in seconds or most commonly known as Exercise Induced-Asthma or (Exercise Induced- Bronchoconstriction). However, steady, regular exercise, which promotes full lung expansion, will control it and adapt physical activities to your individual level of fitness.
In the summer, it can almost get worse or flare off or just susceptible. Even then, though, the disease does not have to keep you from doing sports or enjoy the beauty of a sunset. You just have to know and respect your own limits.
There’s no need to limit yourself (and your pooch) to walks around the block or runs in the park. Dogs crave adventure, and many breeds are perfect for hiking, biking, or even swimming buddies.
From my standpoint/perspective:
First of all, It’s vital to learn to identify your asthma triggers and take steps to avoid them. Being personally accountable is the key.
Second of all, food isn’t just fuel, contrary to popular belief and sadly, most doctors and asthma clinics underestimate the role that food plays in causing asthma. Every bite of food you eat sends some sort of message to your body. And your body responds accordingly.
As far as I can tell, you don’t have to live your life in fear and wondering, always waiting for the subsequent attack. May this article be a source of guidance to make yourself feel more calm and at ease. Knowing how to deal with your asthma better is in itself comforting.
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