Managing asthma can be a tough boat. You have to make some lifestyle changes (or use an inhaler) to help make your breathing easier. But there are things you can be doing that can actually make your asthma worse overall, and ways that you can improve your asthma symptoms to better your life. Here are the do’s and don’ts of asthma so you can get the best out of your health.
There is no real natural cure for asthma- you just can’t will it away. But a healthier lifestyle can help. However, if you have chronic asthma symptoms, working out can cause you more harm that good. Yes, you want to maintain a healthy weight and keep up with your exercise, but you aren’t doing yourself any good if you put yourself into an asthma attack simply by trying to be healthy. In just using your asthma medication prior to working out, you can prevent an asthma attack or symptoms and keep up with your health at the same time.
note: maintaining a healthy weight with diet and exercise both will help reduce asthma symptoms by boosting the immune system, promoting healthy air flow, and in keeping the body in its best shape. Just make sure you don’t put yourself into an asthma attack by overdoing your workout.
Avoid smog and cigarette smoke to prevent asthma-related irritants. Keep away from overly perfumed things and try to keep an air purifier in the house. In simply breathing cleaner air, you can prevent an asthma attack from occurring and keep your body from being stressed.
note: not smoking can reduce your asthma symptoms dramatically. Quitting smoking begins improving your health within 20 minutes by getting your heart rate and pulse down to a normal rate, which is great for your breathing as well. Not smoking greatly improves your health overall anyhow.
Manage your asthma by staying on top of your symptoms. There are many easy ways you can do this. Have your doctor check your asthma by doing breathing tests so you know if your asthma is getting worse or more frequent. Also, keep an “asthma diary” so you can manage the times that your asthma flares up and what you were doing or where you were when they occurred.
note: ignoring your asthma because you believe it’s getting better can be detrimental- you want to know if your asthma is getting worse or better so you can be properly medicated- or not have to be medicated at all. You also want to keep a diary so you can possibly pinpoint when your asthma symptoms pop up. They could be related to something you are doing, and your diary can lead you to what it may be.