Help for Asthma and Allergies

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There are a variety of different underlying causes of asthma, ranging from environmental allergies, food allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic infections and even nutritional deficiencies. If caught early, asthma can be healed or lessened in severity with natural therapies.

If environmental allergies are one of the causes of asthma, allergy proofing the bedroom can go a long way toward preventing symptoms. This can be accomplished by keeping pets out of the bedroom, keeping it clean and tidy and using an allergen mattress and pillow cover.

When a person’s food allergies interfere with their ability to breathe, steps must be taken to find out what the problematic foods are using allergy testing and eliminate it all together. Removing the most common allergic foods, such as dairy, soy, corn and wheat, can make a huge difference in the life of an asthmatic. In addition, supplements ranging from NAC, magnesium and bromelain can help alleviate asthma.

During the summer months, Vitamin D from the sun’s rays helps relieve the symptoms of asthma but this beneficial nutrient can be limited, especially during the winter months. Taking a Vitamin D supplement can make up for a deficit of outdoor time and is recommended for asthma sufferers.

A wide variety of natural remedies are available for people with asthma and a naturopathic doctor can help each individual find the right combination of treatments for their specific needs.

Source: Dr. Jillian Finker, N.D. of Finker Wellness, Inc. Location: 2308 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore. For additional information, call 516-765-3272 or visit

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