Friday, December 18, 2015 |
I first got athletic induced asthma or so I thought when I was 28. I used to run 10-15 miles per day, back in the day. I'm in my mid 50's now. So I was put on Ventolin and life went on. In bad years when I'd get the flu I ended up on cortisone inhalers. I never had an incident where I was taken to a hospital but I could never go to sleep at night without hitting the inhaler.
I tried everything, special diets, fasting, colonics, you name it. Nothing ever worked. But 3 years ago I was watching the Richard Roberts show (Oral Roberts son). Mind you, I never believed in these healing ministries, I'd see Benny Hinn on television and thought it was a setup. The wife and I laughed at him for years.
But Roberts had a gal who was born with club feet that were turned in. The doctors said they might straighten out in time. One did, one didn't.
One night Roberts was praying for club feet and this girl's foot straightened. They showed the xrays, before and after the whole 9 yards, she was healed. My wife and I said that if I could ever get healed of asthma we'd really be believers.
I prayed and pressed in every day for 4 months (this was 3 years ago). We went to healing conferences and I came home disappointed and nothing happened. Then one day I was watching a healing conference on television. It was the CAP conference in 2012 with Apostle Maldonado. He's going on and on about miracles, healings and from that moment on anything could happen.
I'm praying. Suddenly I got hit. All I can tell you it was an encounter with the Holy Spirit. It was like l got hit with an air conditioner that went through my breathing passages and lungs. It must have lasted about 30 seconds. I knew something extraordinary happened because nothing like this ever happened before. Now after 25 years its hard to believe I could be healed. I would get up at 3 am choking if I didn't take my inhaler before bedtime. It took me 3 nights to realize I didn't need an inhaler before bedtime anymore.
I didn't need the inhaler at all anymore. This went on for about a year and a half. I went through a rough time financially and it came back. But I learned from the healing ministries that bitterness causes a lot of illness. I dealt with the bitterness I got my healing back. So for the most part of the past 3 years and over a year now I am asthma free. If it was going to hit, it would be in the winter but its December and I'm just fine.
People have told me its in my head, its psychosomatic its anything except what it really is. I am a Jewish person from Brooklyn NY and the last person who would ever think the Jesus of the Bible heals in the 21st century but that is exactly the case as since that time I've come into contact with numerous healing ministries and see healing as the rule, not the exception.
I'm a believer.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 |
An Athlete’s Long Journey to Overcoming Asthma
I’m a late-lift athlete, a female weight lifter, but not the kind that lifts super-heavy weights for one rep. I lift a moderate weight; 44lb or 53lb for 10 minutes straight, typically 5 minutes for each arm for reps in the hundreds. It’s a power endurance feat called Kettlebell Sport. In the past 6 years I’ve earned the titles of World Champion, World Record holder and national records holder and now, at 50 years young, I compete with women half my age.
You wouldn’t know it, but growing up I suffered from debilitating asthma, the kind that has one leaning over with hands on my thighs, gasping for breath through thick wheezes caused by emotions, anxiety and especially exercise.
I can remember the first asthma experience, occurring was when I was very young. It was nighttime and I woke my Mother, telling her I couldn’t breathe. She quickly grabbed my sister’s asthma meds from the bathroom cabinet and gave it to me. From then on, I would be burdened with heavy wheezing each and every time I would play at school recess and during requisite after-school sports activities. Asthma would also affect me when I was away from home, probably due to separation anxiety or fear. Over the course of 40 years I’d been hospitalized 4 times, the third time with a blue face and fingernails and what resulted in a 5-day stay.
Physical activity was something I always enjoyed but couldn’t endure for very even short periods of time without wheezing. Wanting to do something physically, I took up theatrical dance classes in my teens, which were perfect since there was a consistent stop-start element to it. I loved music, learning techniques and of course moving.
As I grew into my late twenties, I joined a local gym and began rudimentary weight training. Each day as I dutifully lifted weights from the program designed by the new-member trainer, all the while I could hear hour-long shouts of exuberance coming from the fitness studio: “WOOT! LOVE THIS SONG! ONE MORE TIME! KEEP MOVING!” The music was loud, the women (and a couple of men) were jumping, kicking and traversing the room with such energy, speed and manic joy, it permeated the whole gym. Once the class was over, I’d watch with curiosity, as they’d drift out of the studio, smiling with their clothes drenched in sweat.
Bored with my solitary weight routine, I had to give the class a try. I settled myself in the back row of the studio, where years of dance classes taught that newcomers belonged. The instructor enthusiastically greeted me, the women were friendly and very energetic. They were almost twice my age, with husbands, jobs and… children! How did they do it?
And I could not keep up.
Well, I could, for less than 2 minutes. Then I’d have to turn my back to the class, bend down to the floor and pick up my inhaler, which lay next to my towel and water. I’d then wait for my breath to return, unknowingly waiting for my heart rate to come down, which enabled my breathing to settle. This process usually required another minute, depending on how hard I had pushed while moving. But I always gave my all, that was the fun of moving. The class was by necessity an interval workout for me, instead of the intended hour-long aerobics session that it was for everyone else. The inhaler was typically ineffective after the first 2 puffs, but puff away I did, as it was my only source of imagined help during that very long period of time.
I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to keep up with the pace of my classmates, I just did the best I could, each day. The decision to take the class changed my life. I was there enjoying the music and the movement, focused on the choreography, getting my leg lifted, getting my arms higher, trying to do what they were doing. And it was challenging, yet such fun.
This is where I stayed for a solid year, in the back of the studio. With my inhaler, with my pauses. Then I started jogging, very slowly, with stops when they were needed, about every quarter mile. Six miles required just short of two hours, but the love of moving kept me going month after month, as tedious as it was. After that first year, I started a boxing class, which was the beginning of the focused, hard-working mindset I would come to live in years later. Boxing conditioning was very challenging and once again took everything I had to muster through. Very slowly, my lungs were getting stronger and endurance improving. My body started to change its appearance to a leaner, stronger shape, making me happy and eager for more. And so it continued for another 4 years; classes and jogging, all without medications but for the inhaler, though I was using it only two or three times per day now.
Today I’m asthma-free and very aware of the items that bring on wheezing, especially certain foods; sugar, syrups, gluten, dairy. Had I known this decades ago, the experience would have been easier, but we live and learn. Years ago I had my last visit with the pulmonary specialist who had treated me after one of my hospitalizations. I mentioned reading about certain foods exacerbating asthma. His response was, “Food does not cause asthma.” That was the last time I saw him. While it may be true in semantics that food does not cause asthma, it can certainly lead to inflammation, which brings about asthmatic symptoms. Be aware of your triggers, don’t give up and fall inlove with movement!
Good health & fitness, always!
Creator of KettleX: Fitness DVDs and Certification Courses,
Author, Coach, KB Sport competitor
Thursday, December 17, 2015 |
Hi I'm Marie, I'm a Nutritionist and PT, I run marathons, swim,
lift weights, my passion is Thai boxing and I have Asthma, but certainly
WONT stop me! - 300,000 million worldwide, Five million (1-12 adults)
people suffer from asthma in the UK alone, over 1,000 people in the UK
die each year, that's 9 people a day.
pollution still rising at a very alarming rates, lack of exercise and
poor lifestyle and nutrition choices "asthma" is on the increase, over 2
million people are walking around blissfully unaware they are
Diet and exercise can be a very
powerful Allie in asthma management, being active can really benefit
asthma suffers, I should know I'm one of them! 8 out of 10 people with
asthma are NOT doing enough exercise, often because they are worried it
will trigger their symptoms this often not the case, Let me tell you now
The last time I had an asthma attack whist exercising was when I was
about 13/14, I'm now 42, on the whole it's only benefited my asthma, and
I've done some sort of exercise daily for the last 16yrs, as a result I
rarely suffer attacks when they strike they are often mild and easily
manageable, non the less still very scary!!
Don't let asthma hold you back, consult your GP (doctor) or asthma nurse for help!
Symptoms of Asthma
- Difficulty breathing
- Sense of choking
- Difficulty exhaling
- Tightness in the chest
- Bronco spasms
Asthma and Exercise - Top Tip - Always carry an inhaler, always alert people to your condition
celebrities and pro athletes are asthmatic, Paula Radcliffe, Dennis
Rodman, Mark Spittz, Martin Scorsese to name but a few! Exercise will
really help you improve your lung capacity, which will help you manage
your asthma during exercise. We all know that exercise is good for us in
lots of many different ways, it helps your heart, bones and digestive
system stay healthy, keeps off unwanted weight gain, releases
endorphins, making you feel more happy and energised, it also reduces
stress, a major trigger for some, and helps you sleep better! You will
be able to better cope with every day chores like cleaning and shopping
and you will have more stamina for activities, soon you will begin to
worry less about your asthma, it will give the confidence to manage it!.
Top Tip - Gradually build up your exercise, try swimming, walking, yoga , Pilates
Food and Asthma
asthma has worsened over the last couple of years, especially the
bronco spams which influenced me to look more carefully into the
relationship between Nutrition and Asthma. There's really no diet that
will eliminate or cure your asthma, but there a number of things you can
do to help. It's well known that certain foods trigger asthma, note
down what triggers yours and limit or remove from diet! Avoid processed
foods, dairy products, sweets, hydrogenated fats, reduce ALCOHOL, if
wine is a trigger.
There's plenty evidence to
suggest that people that eat diets richer in Vitamins C, D and E, beta
carotene, flavonoids, magnesium, selenium and omega -3 fatty acids,
bromelain, have much lower rates of asthma. And I know from my own
experience including these foods has greatly reduced my symptoms and
severity of attacks, particularly magnesium rich foods, there's a lot of
promising research on the link between magnesium and asthma, ever heard
of Dr Carol Dean - The Magnesium Miracle? (the link is down below)
Makes for some very interesting reading. So The diet of an asthma
sufferer should be one that includes generous amounts of veggie. Lightly
steam your vegetables it will help to bring out their flavour, as well
as making them easily digestible. Fruits can be even more sweet and
satisfying than sugary sweet treats, and they're certainly much better
for you! Imagine a delicious fresh, organic mixed greens salad drizzled
with pure, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing,
followed by a juicy, pink salmon steak oven baked with fresh rosemary
and served on a bed of brightly-coloured steamed vegetables, followed by
dessert, a big bowl of sweet, ripe fresh organic fruit. They are packed
with powerful antioxidant nutrients designed to protect against the
harmful effects of pollution. The above is just one example of a
healthy, delicious meal, ideal for people with asthma.
be sure to Forget the burgers and chips! add a few servings of baked or
poached cold water or oily fish to your diet every week (salmon, cod,
halibut, mackerel, tuna, sardines, and herring) I personally follow a
"Mediterranean Diet", this approach to food, which has been shown to
provide unique benefits in bringing asthma Symptoms under control. The
powerful antioxidant support provided by fresh organic produce (fruits
and veggies) are likely to be a major contributor to lung and airway
support, coupled with the rich array of anti inflammatory compounds
found in the foods like extra virgin oil, seeds and fish. https://nakednut35.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/peri-peri-salmon-with-baked-avocados-18428848/ ( My blog is full of tasty recipes, check them out!).
Powerful asthma busting foods to include in your diet.
- Broccoli sprouts
- Mustard greens
- Sunflower seeds
- Sweet potato
- Citrus fruits
to eliminate milk and dairy, which are well documented to increase the
severity of asthma symptoms, followed by eggs, Ditch the Salt, use
flavorful and beneficial herbs and spices, garlic, Rosemary and dill
they may lead to improvements in asthma as well as making your food
taste a lot better. However, adverse food reactions vary greatly
depending on the person. A food and symptom diary or an allergy
elimination diet may be helpful for identifying food triggers. (See a
qualified health care professional Removing these foods from the diet)
it will help identify and may help reduce the symptoms.
Adverse Food Reactions and Artificial Food Additives
you ever kept track of what happens to you after you eat certain foods?
Adverse food reactions may also contribute to the symptoms of many
asthma sufferers. Most asthma patients know of at least one food that
makes their symptoms worse or triggers their asthma attacks.
carefully do you read food labels? Artificial food additives, like
colourings and preservatives, are strong asthma triggers for many
people. Tartrazine, or yellow dye #5, can be a huge source of problems
for asthma sufferers, especially ones who also react badly to aspirin.
Unfortunately, tartrazine like many other " nasties" which are found in
many processed foods including tinned vegetables, chewing gum, soft
drinks, hot dogs, some pastas, butter, some breads, cheeses, fruit
juices or drinks, ice cream, jellies, pickles and relish, sweets and
even some prescription or over-the-counter medications. NB - People who
react to tartrazine must read food labels very carefully or else they
can wind up with an asthma attack. Other additives (nasties) to watch
for include MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is used to flavour many
processed foods, used in Chinese takeaways, and sulphites, which are
used as preservatives in many pre-packaged foods and alcoholic
beverages. Asthmatics who have problems with these and other chemical
additives should be very careful to avoid them. Fortunately, organic,
healthy foods don't contain artificial dyes or preservatives and are
therefore much safer for us to eat.
we can't always control our environment and pollutants we certainly can
influence what we put into our bodies, let your mindset lead the way
and create a lifestyle that only brings you nothing but health and
happiness. I hope you find this blog inspiring, do consult your GP
before starting any fitness plan! Please feel to comment or contact me
directly if you have any questions? I can be found over on Twitter and
Instagram as @Nakednut35 or over on Facebook simply search for Naked
Nuts Nutrition - All my other blog post and recipes can be found over on
Thanks for reading!
Remember - The best defence is to be aware of your own triggers!
Nothing But Love, Health and Happiness - Marie X
Monday, November 30, 2015 |
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