How To Use Probiotics For Asthma Treatment

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kim chiOver the past few decades asthma ha become quite rampant. Presently, there is no cure for this disease, but lifestyle and eating habits influence it prevalence greatly. Clinical trials carried out using probiotics for asthma treatment have yielded positive results in terms of reduction of the frequency, intensity, and duration of episodes. Let us find out how they work.


 


How Do Probiotics Help Treat Asthma


Asthma is the inflammation of bronchial tubes, causing obstruction of the airway, chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty in breathing. Asthma is of two type allergic and non-allergic asthma, although symptoms of both are similar. The possible causes of asthma are an imbalance of bacteria in the intestines (possibly due to antibiotic overuse), and unhealthy eating practices like consumption of processed and refined foods.


Probiotics help improving the gut microflora, and intestinal microbes play a key role in modulating body immunity. Undigested particles and toxins (leaky gut) escaping from intestine is the cause of many allergic reactions. Probiotics help promote healthy intestinal barriers and immune reactions. It has been established that infants fed insufficient amount of regular probiotics like yogurt, were prone to developing an improper immune system maturation.  Probiotics are also digestive aids, thus reduce the incidence of food allergies which may cause allergic asthma.


 


How To Incorporate Probiotics To Treat Asthma


  • Probiotics are generally safe and well tolerated in the body and can be easily included in daily diet. Probiotics should be taken on a regular basis for maintenance of a healthy digestive and immune system.

  • Probiotics work better when specific microbial strains are used in the required dose. The dose of probiotics is age dependent. Probiotics must contain active cultures, and care on the microbial strain consumed and date of expiration.

  • Start with small doses of probiotics, and gradually increase the dose.

  • Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt. Individuals with milk allergies should introduce dairy free products like soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, rejuvenac, kombucha, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.


 


Best Probiotics for Asthma


Studies have identified multiple strains of Bifidobacteris and Lactobacillus effectively helps in controlling asthma.


You can choose from a variety of commercial probiotic products like Bifidophilous chews, Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.


 


Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy


Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and is extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection. If probiotic supplements are used it is best if used under medical supervision.


Find out more about natural cures of asthma from our article.


 


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