World Asthma Day 2022: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects 300 million people worldwide, a number that has been rising since the last decade. India alone has 15 million asthma sufferers. There is no cure for respiratory disease, but it can be managed with a range of lifestyle changes. Research shows that weight loss, healthy eating, and techniques such as meditation, yoga, and massage therapy can have a positive impact on the management of asthma. (Also read: World Asthma Day 2022: Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices for Asthma)
An article published by the National Library of Medicine said that yoga exercise in asthmatics resulted in a reduction in the number of daytime and nighttime attacks and medication use.
A successful balance of wholesome nutrition along with adequate rest and exercise can help effectively treat and control asthma, says yoga expert Master Akshar.
In an interview with HT Digital, yoga experts offered the following tips for treating asthma and lifestyle changes.
food and diet
You get energy, nutrition and nourishment from the food you eat. Therefore, if you can ensure that you are providing yourself with the proper nutrition, you will be able to nurture the Nadi system. Meridians are the channels in your body, and there are 72,000 meridians throughout the system. Some easy ways to keep Nadis healthy is to eat fresh, home-cooked meals. By avoiding unnecessary processed items, you can boost your immunity. When you have a high immunity, you can easily fight off any infection or other disease and protect yourself.
Yoga and Pranayama
Yoga or any other type of exercise should be part of your daily routine. Exercise will help you stay active, healthy and strong. The breathing technique in yoga called pranayama can have a powerful effect on treating any breathing-related problem. You can practice Bhastrika Pranayama, Anulom Vilom Pranayam, Kapalbhati Pranayam and Brahmari Pranayama. All of these pranayama techniques require beginners to perform 3 to 5 minutes at the beginning. You can increase the duration as this becomes part of your routine.
Before starting your pranayama practice, you can practice the Siddha walk. Siddha walk also has other names such as Infinity walk, Yoga walk and mind walk. This is an ancient yoga practice that has countless benefits for your mind and body. You need to walk the figure 8 from south to north before changing direction for the next round. It takes 21 minutes in both directions.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose), Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend), Ustrasana (Camel Pose) are some of the yoga poses that are effective when you have asthma.
A healthy mind and a healthy body are all you need to enjoy this life. To achieve this, you must make the necessary changes in your lifestyle. Start by eliminating any habits that may hinder your physical and mental growth. This includes drinking too much tea/coffee, alcohol, smoking and other habits that can ultimately lead to health complications. Work to free yourself from stress and anxiety by focusing yourself on active and creative activities or hobbies.