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How does food allergies affect asthma?

Asthma is defined as a respiratory condition or lung disease that causes spasms in the lungs and inflames and narrows the airways. It causes wheezing, chest tightening, coughing and breathlessness. Asthma is generally thought to occur due to several triggers including physical activity, airborne allergens, pollutants and irritants, such as smoke. What most people don’t know though is that foods and chemical additives can trigger asthma, especially if the person is allergic or even slightly allergic to that certain type of food. Common foods that may cause an allergic reaction or asthma flare-ups include dairy products, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, seafood and wheat. Food chemicals that are also known to trigger asthma in people who are susceptible are food coloring, MSG and sulphites, which are typically in processed foods and give off sulfur dioxide that irritates the lungs.

There is no diet that can completely eliminate your symptoms. But there are many types of foods that may help. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, which can help reduce lung inflammation and swelling. Foods with high magnesium content such as flax seeds are also a type of food that can help with asthma symptoms. Magnesium is a relaxing mineral and can relax the muscles surrounding the bronchi (airways) and keep them open.

Another form of treatment for asthma is Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to repair the imbalances that cause asthma symptoms. Acupuncture for the treatment of allergies and asthma is also frequently accompanied with Chinese herbs, which are exceptional in helping relieve symptoms and strengthen the immune system to prevent future allergic reactions. Acupuncture provides an effective alternative to common allergy medication without the side effects and dependency.

It is important to figure out what types of food or food chemicals may be triggering your asthma symptoms. This can be done with a simple test. If you are interested, please contact Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center at 206-319-5322.

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Natural ways to cope with pain from a car accident

Anyone who has been in a car accident is familiar with the negative effects it can have on a person’s body. Not only can a car accident cause chronic physical stress, but emotional and cognitive stress as well. People sometimes take medication that may mask the symptoms for temporary relief not knowing that there are several natural ways to help the recovery process of the mind and body after a car accident.

Common chronic physical symptoms after a car accident include insomnia, lower back pain, whiplash, increased heart rate, headaches, and muscle pain. A common treatment for muscle pains, soreness and swelling is one called Arnica. Arnica is a plant that can be compressed to a cream, gel or ointment and applied directly to the affected area on the body. Arnica is an effective natural remedy for pain relief that doesn’t involve the side effects or dependency of prescription painkillers.

A more common natural approach to post auto accident recovery is acupuncture. Acupuncture helps to relieve pain and discomfort by stimulating the body’s self-healing capability. It is an extremely safe form of treatment without the risk of side effects of over the counter medication. It also helps treat more than just your physical pain after a car accident. Acupuncture is considered a holistic form of medicine, which means that it treats the mind and body. Therefore, acupuncture can also help relieve stress, depression and insomnia, which are some of the most common symptoms that occur.

Another natural remedy that is extremely powerful in inducing relaxation is Magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is proven to help you relax, distress and improve your sleep. In fact, it is often referred to as the “Relaxation Mineral”. Magnesium helps you sleep by regulating the secretion of melatonin, which is the sleep-regulating hormone. It also helps balance stress hormones, which are usually a cause of insomnia. Consuming magnesium also helps you relax because it regulates and activates the release of serotonin which helps calm the nervous system.

There is a wide range of mental and physical reactions following a traumatic event such as a car accident. If you’re interested in a more natural path to recovery or would like to talk about different treatment plans, please contact Dr. Lee at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or call 206-319-5322.

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