Manage Asthma by Breathing the Right Way

My father with my mother and my youngest daughter. He has had asthma most of his life.

Patients with asthma have suffered either since childhood or during adulthood. The former is usually due to the genes (congenital) and the other is acquired through unhealthy habits and practices that trigger attacks. Some are sensitive to allergens or physical strain like exercise and too much laughter. In my father’s case, it was a motorcycle accident.

It has been concluded that asthma could not be treated completely. But it can just be managed. They say that using inhalers or taking tablets just suppress the attack to a certain calm by dilating the airway.

When one has asthma and is prone to an attack anytime, that means that the immune system is weak and is incapable of suppressing the attacks. If nothing is done to correct the source of the attacks, the situation will only worsen. However, knowing how to breathe the right way will help in managing the attacks.

Always breathe through the nose and do it slowly. This means that you inhale and exhale through the nose. If inhaling is done through the mouth, the person misses the stimuli carried to the reflex nerves that control breathing, which only happens through the nose. Meanwhile, exhaling through the mouth gets more air out right away in a shorter span of time therefore the processing of oxygen is shortened. Also, maximize the use of the lungs by taking in the air to reach the lower lungs. This means that the stomach should be expanding when inhaling, not the chest.

With this breathing habit, it will be easier to manage asthma attacks. But of course, you will be in a much better situation with the proper diet, right exercise, and enough sleep.

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A Book for Children About Healthy Eating

Larvie Learns a Lesson is written by Mickey Seger, MD.; Melinda V. Gonzales, PA-C; and Terive Duperier, MD. Illustrated by Joshua Allen.

A couple of months ago, I received a book for children called Larvie Learns a Lesson. That day, we were set to go on a visit to Balay Bato–a stone house that was designed to blend in with nature. There were no walls and no gates. It was a product of bio-engineering.

On the way out of our house, my mother-in-law handed me the package containing this book and my five-year-old daughter Dindin was so happy to have a new book to bring to our outing. She read it while we were traveling. While at Balay Bato, she enjoyed the scenery and the explanation how the house and the fixtures came to be, but when the adults kept on talking she continued reading her book. She even showed the book to one of my blogger-friends and told her the story.

The bloggers group tour at Balay Bato with Dindin carrying her Larvie book.

You see, Dindin has always been concerned about healthy eating. She doesn’t eat candy, hotdogs, and other junk food. When I give her something, she would ask if it is junk or under what food group it belongs (go, grow, or glow food). When we go to the grocery, she refuses to get chips for us. She also deliberately exercises in order not to be overweight. She has that mindset even when she was a toddler that she would make her rather heavy aunt exercise whenever she comes to visit us. That is why this book is such a hit for her. Up until now, she remembers Larvie and uses that name whenever she sees a caterpillar or imagines playing with a caterpillar character that turns into a butterfly. The book has such a huge impact on her, primarily because she is health-conscious to the point of putting our health practices as parents to shame.

A couple of inside pages of the book.

Larvie learns a lessons is a concise and well-written book by Mickey Seger, MD.; Melinda V. Gonzales, PA-C; and Terive Duperier, MD and illustrated by Joshua Allen that brings a simple message–if you do not watch what you eat and do not engage yourself in physical activity, then you will become overweight and will suffer health problems. It is a great book that brings this powerful message to young children in a simple yet interesting manner because of colorful illustrations. With many young people in America having health problems because of bad diets and lack of physical exercise, this is an eye opener.

Larvie Learns a Lesson is surely an interesting reading material for young children ages 4 to 10 years old. For younger children, parental supervision might be necessary. For advanced readers like Dindin, she did not need it. Hopefully, this book will reach a wide readership so that the problem of obesity in young children will be corrected early on.

Adults may benefit from this, too. If you read Larvie Learns a Lesson, you will realize that there is really no need for fancy diets, diet pills, and expensive treatments just to lose weight. Just eat healthy foods in moderate portions and exercise so that you can prevent a lot of lifestyle diseases.

Thank you for this book,BMI!

Dindin is one kind who has always been concerned with healthy eating and exercise at a very young age. She seems to self-regulate her eating habits when she feels she is gaining weight. While we feel it is too early for her to be concerned with such things, we are just happy that well, she will never be overweight. She dreams of becoming a doctor someday.

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Health Benefits of Jackfruit

I love jackfruit! The sweet, succulent, and aromatic fruit is just soooo yummy, whether eaten fresh or candied. Back at my parents’ home, I remember growing up with these fruits because we have several of these fruit trees in our backyard.

But while I enjoyed eating them, I did not really about its health benefits…well not until today. I read this in a Facebook article and I am sharing the important parts here. I do not really know who originally wrote the article, but I am just happy that one of my favorite tropical fruits is actually very healthy.

The edible part of jackfruit. Photo from wikipedia.

1. It strengthens the immune system because jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin C.
2. It is rich in antioxidants like lignans, isoflavones and saponins, so it protect the body against cancer.
3. Jackfruit aids in digestion and contains anti-ulcer properties that help cure ulcers and digestive disorders.
4. It is rich in Vitamin A that is good for the eyes and skin.
5. The sweetness in jackfruit comes from its high fructose and sucrose content that gives the body ample energy.
6. Jackfruit has high potassium content that is supposed to help lower blood pressure.
8. Jackfruit is also rich in magnesium, iron, copper, and microminerals.

Woohoo! How cool is that! Jackfruit–you’re the fruit!

But I have one problem with the jackfruit though. While it smells so good (I know, the aromatic smell is subjective) when ripe, I don’t like how its smell affects my pee. As in my urine smells so bad after eating jackfruit and it permeates the whole toilet! Well, it does pass but you just have to endure it because despite spraying the toilet with air freshener, the smell seems to linger. But well, if jackfruit is good for the health, then for sure I will keep on eating it. hehe

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