Chronic fatigue syndrome and asthma are autoimmune disorders that are treated with the same approach. Asthma is a condition that irritates the bronchial tubes and causes respiratory difficulties. In the worst-case scenario, asthma leads to death as a result of absolute respiratory failure. In the UK one in seven children will suffer from asthma and the numbers are rising. As with chronic fatigue syndrome disability managing asthma should be thought of at a multi level strategy. Diet, lifestyle and environment all play a factor in either controlling these diseases or letting them manifest into a poor quality of life for the individual.
Fresh fruit, green vegetables, bananas and honey have a high presence of magnesium. This mineral has been found to relax muscle tissue, which helps the breathing process of individuals with asthma or chronic fatigue syndrome. It should be noted that honey does contain a natural anti biotic and in some patients the presence of anti biotics can increase the risk of asthma and its use should be monitored. Foods high in omega 3 such as salmon, anchovies, sardines and tuna are anti-inflammatory and aid in reducing the intensity and recurrence of asthma attacks. Omega 6 foods found in nuts and seeds are anti inflammatory and easily introduced to the diet. As with any food, if an individual is allergic they should be avoided. Preparing a combination of these foods into a juice will bolster the immune system with a high percentage of the nutrients from each food. Oat, soy, and rice milk should be used instead of dairy for asthma and chronic fatigue disease patients, as dairy will coat the lining of an already hampered bronchial track.
Other foods to avoid are sugar, processed foods, dairy products and meats that are high in fat. Food additives such as sulphur dioxide and sodium benzoate have been shown to trigger an asthma attack. Foods that lead to obesity should be avoided as this can cause a burden on the lungs and make breathing even more difficult for the asthma sufferer.
Asthma and chronic fatigue muscle are influenced by their environment more so than healthy individuals. Noxious fumes from car exhaust, pollution from industry, and cleaning or other type solvents will aggravate these conditions. By reducing exposure to these environmental hazards these individuals can help reduce the serious side effects that they cause.
Yoga, meditation, swimming, tai chi, good posture and proper breathing techniques are encouraged for the individual with chronic fatigue syndrome disability, but more so for the individual with asthma. These techniques help the body to relax. They reduce stress and help the lungs open to a higher breathing capacity. This triggers a response through the entire body bringing much needed oxygen to all of the vital organs.
Alternative treatments such as acupuncture and the avoidance of anti biotics have been shown to reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks. Acupuncture opens the blood vessels and aids in relaxation, which aids in the breathing of asthma and chronic fatigue patients.
The overall approach for these patients is to combat the hazards that affect their quality of life on a daily basis.