hey guys, dr. josh axe here. welcome to ancient medicine today. i'm so excited to be here with you. so, today weâ€™ll be talking about the tophome remedies to help you overcome asthma and other breathing related issues. now again, this is a good number one for asthmabut even people who are struggling with bronchitis, copd, or other things that can start to constrictthose bronchial areas, this is going to help. and iâ€™ll tell you there are a lot of peoplethat are struggling with asthma today. i know in my in my clinic that i have herein nashville, took care of a lot of kids,
saw great results with them and overcomingasthma naturally. so today, on today's episode, i'm going tobe going over the best diet, the best supplements, the best essential oils, and what to avoidin order for you to overcome or your children to overcome asthma. also, as we talk about every day here on theshow, we have a big mission, myself and jordan rubin, we want to help to teach people howto use food as medicine. take a minute right now for me, press thatshare button and punch that share button, help us spread the word on the natural remediesto help heal asthma. let's dive right in here.
number one, here are some of the foods youshould start consuming. number one, more fruits and vegetables. now, raw fruits and vegetable in both cookedand raw vegetables are going to be great because they're very high in enzymes. what you want to do when you have asthma isconsume a diet thatâ€™s going to reduce inflammation. and reducing inflammation is going to be donethrough certain types of fats but also enzymes are fantastic. now, some of our favorite fruits that aregreat for reducing inflammation can include things like kiwi.
kiwi contains an active component called actinidain,which is incredible. papaya, pineapple is great because of itsbromelain content, and figs. and then actually sort of as a side note,ginger is great as well because it contains zingiber bean. so doing those specific fruits as well asginger are incredible at reducing body-wide, system-wide, inflammation, also vegetablesare great in general. remember these fruits and vegetables alongwith omega-3 fats, which we'll talk about here in a minute, are highly anti-inflammatory. so you want to consume a lot of food theyare enzyme rich and rich in vitamins and minerals
such as fruits and vegetables. number two here, wild-caught fish. wild-caught fish is high in epa and dha. these types of omega-3 fatty acids are moreanti-inflammatory then are other omega-3 fats called ala, alpha-linolenic acid thatâ€™sfound in flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts. so again, getting wild-caught fish in thedietâ€”salmon, mackerel, tuna, halibut, and other fatty fish sardines, and anchovies aregreat as well. get more of these omega-3 fats every singleday. and i want to say this, if you are not a fishlover or you can't get wild-caught fish in
your diet that day, then make sure you'retaking a high quality fish oil supplement or fish roe which is known as caviar. you can get that as a great supplement aswell. but again, making sure you're getting epaand dha on a regular basis. or eta, which is also found in fish roe. oil again, fish oil, and cod liver oil alsogood options here because of their ability to reduce inflammation. thatâ€™s a big thing that causes asthma whenyour bronchial area gets inflamed. now, i want to talk about a few other foodsyou can consume here.
garlic and onions are high on the list becauseof their high levels of quercetin. onions are very, very high in quercetin. in fact, there is even clinical studies showingthat quercetin can help reduce inflammation in the body, specifically histamine reaction. so if you are suffering with some form ofallergies or bronchial issue like asthma, onions and garlic are great. cooked are great but raw, in fact you canactually take a raw garlic clove, chew it up and swallow it and that's a great thingto do as well for reducing inflammation. i want to mention another thing in chinesemedicine.
when you look at chinese medicine, they actuallybelieve foods that are more white in nature tend to really support the bronchial area. so you notice garlic and onions are typicallya whiter or sort of a lighter yellow color. they would fall into that category. cauliflower is fantastic, high levels of vitaminc. in fact, they talk about or if you've noticed this, that cauliflower actually looks likelungs, they actually looks like lung tissue, it's great for the lungs. and then chicken broth, similar thing is whenyou used for the immune system and supporting the lungs and colon in chinese medicine fora long period of time.
next thing here, getting plenty of water inyour diet, making sure you're staying hydrated on a regular basis is also a great idea. so again, getting plenty of water. now, when you're drinking water making surethat it's very clean water, spring water, reverse osmosis water, or really clean filteredwater. you want to stay away from water that's highin chlorine and fluoride because of what that can do in terms of irritating the gut liningand increasing your risk of any type of reaction or sensitivity that you might have. so again, the water you drink, you want tomake sure it's very clean, very pure there
as well. a few other things are great, flaxseeds arefantastic. now, flaxseeds are high in alpha-linolenicacid, a different type of omega-3 that's found in fish, still highly beneficial. so flaxseeds are great, also they containligands, contain certain types of antioxidants, high in minerals. so again, flaxseeds and other great food. and then bone broth, as i talked about earlier,specifically chicken or turkey broth. chicken or turkey broth is very high in typeii collagen.
remember this, most people today are gettingway too much muscle meat and not enough protein and amino acids that come from skin ligamentsand tendons from animals and from their bones. and these types of amino acids like proline,and glycine, and hydroxyproline very therapeutic for the lungs. and think about this, you are what you eatand specifically when you're eating nutrients that are found in bone broth, those are verysupportive for your immune system. so your small intestine, your large intestine,your lungs, bone broth actually helps repair damaged areas. and so think about this, if you have a damagedarea in your body and you're rebuilding, think
about if you had a house and half of it wasknocked down, you need to start rebuilding it again, you need the right materials. thatâ€™s what bone broth brings youâ€”theright materials for rebuilding and healing your body. so again, bone broth every single day especiallychicken broth. now here are the big triggers you want toavoid if you have asthma or someone you love has asthma. number one, conventional dairy products. now, conventional dairy, here's the thing,we took this, what could be consider the super
food if you take a raw, organic, fermentedgoat's milk or sheepâ€™s milk or a2 milk, so a good quality dairy product. and what happens today is weâ€™ll take dairyoftentimes from a cow that actually has some genetic makeup issues to where their typeof casein is now more inflammatory. and then what we'll do is we'll take thatthat dairy product, oftentimes that cow is has been injected with steroids, differenttypes of growth hormones, loads and loads of antibiotics. they've also been feeding on genetically modifiedgrains. so when you consume dairy products from conventionaldairy, they have also been pasteurized where
the enzymes have been killed off, there'sno probiotics anymore, very difficult to digest. it is one of the worst foods for your body. in fact of all the things iâ€™m going to mention,conventional dairy may be the single worst product for somebody to consume that has asthma. in chinese medicine as well, conventionalmilk is known to be very dampening to the body and mucus forming, which can make ithard to breathe. so again, get completely out of your dietany type of conventional dairy product. now the next thing here would be sugar. sugar we know, highly inflammatory, similarthing, it's going to cause a histamine reaction,
itâ€™s also going to cause bad microbes tobuild up within your system. get conventional sugar completely out of thediet. replace it with raw local honey or manukahoney. in fact, raw local honey may in fact helpyou naturally build your immune system over time and could overall help fight allergyor asthma potentially the future as it does allergies. we know that local raw honey contains localmicrobes that actually can help support you having less reactions to things over time. so again, make raw local honey the naturalsweetener that you use instead of sugar.
next thing here, get rid of the processedfoods. we know processed foods are high in chemicals,things like pesticides. if you're buying a food that is non-organic,if we're talking about produce, pretty much all of it has been sprayed with some sorttype of herbicide, fungicide or some sort of chemical, and even for preservation. so again, processed foods are going to behigh in chemicals. also many of them, when we think about fastfoods, they're fried in hydrogenated oils. those are going to be inflammatory in nature. remember this, the name of the game is keepingyour body in the state where there's not too
much inflammation occurring constantly withinthe body or over-inflammation so processed foods, fast foods, get those out of the dietas well. and what can fall into a similar categorysometimes are staying away with foods with additives and preservatives, especially packagedfoods. we've got a picture here of a bowl of thesebrightly covered cereal and i've read plenty of studies over the years showing that foodcolorings, additives, and preservatives can cause sensitivities, especially in children. we talk about children on the autistic spectrumor with adhd having behavioral issues and reactions when they're exposed these things.
the very same thing can happen with asthma. when you are consuming these things that arenot natural, the body reacts to them as they are a chemical, which they are and so again,these are things that can absolutely cause asthmatic reactions. the truth here is just eat real food, okay? if it comes in a box that has more than fiveingredients, typically it's not natural. so look for food with a short ingredient listthat you understand what the ingredient is. things like apples, and almonds, and sea salt,very short ingredient list. stay away from the foods with additives andpreservatives.
now, here are some supplements you can takespecifically that can help asthmatic symptoms. number one is quercetin. i mentioned earlier, garlic and that specificallyonions are very high in quercetin. also citrus fruits like lemons, very highin quercetin. but getting quercetin as a supplement canhelp you fight asthma. you can take that as a supplement daily. this is also good not just for asthma, it'salso really powerful for allergies and helping fight histamine reactions and inflammation. next one here is n-acetyl cysteine.
now, cysteine along with some other aminoacids really help support the body's glutathione production okay. it's a precursor glutathione. it can really help support your body in freeradical. so if your body has a lot of free radicalsthat are building up, those can be inflammatory, can also trigger an asthmatic response overtime. so doing n-acetyl cysteine can be powerful,a powerful natural supplement. and other one, we mentioned this earlier,wild-caught salmon, wild-caught fish but also taking an omega-3 supplement like a fish roesupplement, a fish oil supplement, or cod
liver oil supplement, but getting those goodomega-3 fats because they reduce inflammation. and then vitamin b6, you know vitamin b6 hasactually been shown to help the arteries, to help circulation and be actually a dilatorof your bronchioles. and so vitamin b6, what i would recommendhere, you can take a straight b6 supplement or go and find a certified organic vitaminb complex supplement that is whole food based. again, when you're out buying vitamins andsupplements like a b vitamin or b complex, flip over the bottle and look and make surethere is foods in there, make sure there's probiotics, make sure it's certified organic. but again, vitamin b6, another great supplementfor fighting asthma as well.
and iâ€™ll mention this here, the other thingi want to mention actually after i mention magnesium here. magnesium is known as your body's relaxationmineral. so if you have especially smooth muscle inyour body, if that becomes constricted, magnesium helps the body relax. so for adults, typically you want to do anywherefrom 500 to 600 milligrams a day for most adults in treating asthma there as well. but magnesium can help the body. now, there are other some great herbal extractsthat are also very, very good for the lungs
and reduce inflammation. i mentioned ginger earlier. ginger can be fantastic. stinging nettles has actually been shown tobe very good for asthma, and allergies, and opening-up respiratory pathways. so again, doing herbs, turmeric is anotherone that's high in curcumin, but doing herbs is also beneficial in this way as well. and if you have an issue to where you've gota lot of mucus build up in the body, specifically in the lungs, doing bitter herbs such as dandelionis also a very, very beneficial in that manner
so here are some essential oils that workgreat. now, we mentioned that bitterness there, youwill see one up here is bergamot. bergamot it contains d-limonene and it actuallycomes from the peel of a citrus fruit or bergamot and it's very bitter in nature. d-limonene actually has been shown to actas an expectorant and actually clear excess mucus from the lungs. now, cypress oil is one of the most powerfuloils. in fact, of all of the oils, from what i'veseen, it's the most powerful at improving circulation.
so if somebody is having circulatory issues,and so often times in the past i've worked with patients and had them if they have sprainedan ankle, or broken a bone, or had an injury to a tissue in an area, we've actually usedcypress oil or other, other oils in the pine or tree family such as fir oil work very,very good with this as well. cedar wood was pretty good but cypress, verygood for circulation. so what you're going to do here and you'llprobably mix this with another oil, but you will take some cypress oil, some coconut oil,and mix it together, rub that all over the lungs. and another great thing you can then do iseither a hot compress or take a hot shower,
steam room, infrared sauna, but doing somethingto open up those areas with steam can be good as well once you get that oil there rubbedall over the chest and upper neck area can be very beneficial. and one of the things i love to do, you cando a mixture of bergamot, cypress. eucalyptus is also fantastic. eucalyptus, of all the essential oils, probablyhas the most profound effect on opening up the airways. you can notice an immediate difference therewith eucalyptus, a great oil to use. and another thing you can do for breathing,you can do a few drops in hot water, cover
your head with the towel, take deep breathsin and out. eucalyptus is also great to use a diffuser,taking deep breaths in there as well. and then frankincense oil, frankincense oilcontains many different types of compounds that are anti-inflammatory which is greatthere as well. a few more essential oils here, lavender isgood for calming the body. lemon oil, similar to bergamot, is very bitterin nature access and expectorant. peppermint oil can help cool and soothe thesystem. and then rosemary essential oil, very similar,it actually contains rosmarinic acid as well as other types of compounds that are similarto eucalyptus in that they really help open
up the airways. rosemary also has been shown to be highlyanti-inflammatory, so greatly beneficial as well. so to review here, if you have asthma or someoneyou love has asthma, you want to follow these steps. by the way, if you've been enjoying this livetraining, take a minute right now, do me a favor, punch that share button. there are millions of adults and millionsof children especially that are struggling with asthma every single day.
they don't know the triggers, they don't knowthe things that can help heal their body. so, hey, help me spread the message by likingthis video as well as sharing this right now so again, more raw fruits and veggies in thediet. they are anti-inflammatory, especially figs,kiwi, pineapple, papaya, wild-caught fish like salmon. garlic and onions because of their high levelsof quercetin. more clean water, flaxseeds, and bone broth. remember, when we're looking at this herewith conventional dairy, get that completely out of the diet.
sugar, remember replace that with raw localhoney ideally or manuka honey another good option. get rid of the processed packaged foods. get rid of the additives and preservatives. weâ€™ll touch on these here. quercetin is a supplement and n-acetyl cysteine,omega-3 fats, vitamin b6, and magnesium. and then finally here, some of the best essentialoils: bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense. and i would say, if you're just looking fora couple to use, my favorites would be probably eucalyptus up here and cypress, two of myfavorites there for asthma to do or eucalyptus,and
bergamot, or lemon will be great as well. so, hey guys, this has been me, dr. josh axe,talking about the top home remedies to overcome asthma symptoms. and hey, if you're not subscribed here toour channel, make sure youâ€™re subscribed. myself and jordan rubin have a lot more ofgreat content coming out on essential oils, home remedies, health news, and a whole lotmore. hey guys, i hope youâ€™ve enjoyed this video. weâ€™ll be back here with another ancientmedicine today tomorrow.