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Fasting to control asthma

I've been watching videos on YouTube about fasting to cure or at least ease the symptoms. Has anyone tried it?

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Curious? Never actually tried fasting in order to ease asthma symptoms but I had been suffering from my symptoms being significantly worse for a number of months when a few weeks ago, I got a pretty bad stomach upset. I didn't eat for 48 hours and ate very little over the following week. The curious thing was that my breathing returned to more or less what it normally is? Hardly conclusive but I was certainly planning to try it next time the asthma flares up but had no knowledge that there was something out there actually suggesting it!

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There's lots of videos on YouTube so I'm watching these so I can do it properly. Drugs are good at alleviating symptoms but not curing it.

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Fasting I think is good for cleansing the body but I wouldn't stop using my medication. It true it doesn't cure my asthma but it keep it well controlled. I am most of the time well.

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Thanks. I still haven't got used to having to take a cocktail of drugs everyday. I'll try anything not to have to.

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I never fasted but have found at times that eating very little has eased my asthma symptoms. My conclusion is that reflux and/or food sensitivities are playing a role. I have found that wheat/flour, sugar and nuts are not good for me.

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That's interesting. I think fasting is also about your body repairing itself when it doesn't have to spend a lot of energy digesting food.

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I find that overeating makes symptoms worse, I do fast for 12-14 hours daily (it’s not too difficult when it’s more than 50% in bed) but I do it to control my weight a bit, I haven’t noticed a massive difference to my normal asthma symptoms but I do feel generally better for it.

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Thanks. I'll give that I try.

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I forgot to mention if you are interested in finding out the benefits of fasting read “the fast 800”

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Thanks. I'll look onto it. I definitely think the answer is to do with food or lack of and not with drugs.

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I agree that lifestyle and fitness play a huge part, but every time I think I can completely stop the drugs it comes back with a vengeance. I can cut down for most of the year but not quit the inhalers altogether 😩

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Me too. With me even the slightest physical activity has me reaching for the inhaler.

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I often use gentle fasting, by which I mean leaving 16 Hours between my evening meal and my next meal. It’s an easy route into starting to fast. There’s actually a name for doing this, it’s called the 16/8. Basically you have two meals in the eight hour window, then nothing for another 16 hours. The meals you eat in the 8 Hour Window should not be excessive. i.e. you just have two reasonable (not big) meals in the 8 hour window, with about 7 Hours between each.

Fasting, along with physical activity (walking, gardening, housework etc) plus eating good quality food not junk, may (together) after a few months begin to help reduce inflammation (Asthma is an inflammatory disease, or at least partly inflammatory). Overweight Asthmatics who are also under active and don’t eat sensible food, typically have more inflammation which contributes to worse Asthma.

Fasting, Activity and Sensible Eating are not a quick fix, so you may need to wait a few months for results.

Also checkout the 5/2 Fasting Diet.

IMPORATNT: Get yourself checked by your GP for any indication of Diabetes before you do any Fasting, plus explain your intention to Fast.. If you’re Diabetic or have certain other conditions, Fasting may be dangerous.

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Thanks. That's given me a lot to think about.

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Thank you for highlighting this subject. I feel, indeed weight has something to do with asthma. Lately I’m taking some vitamins and I put on weight. Checked my weight and I realised the asthma was getting worse and the allergy symptoms were very bad. I will think about it more seriously.

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