No dairy has prevented my asthma
I have had asthma since I was little. I used to take flixotide which some of you may have heard of. It's a powedered anti-inflammatory steroid inhaler.
About a year and a half ago I would be taking 250ug (micrograms) of this stuff daily and while it didn't have any major side effects I often got badly cracked lips. It did control my asthma extremely well, and I would never need to use my puffer when I was taking the preventative.
Anyway, I decided I wanted to stop the preventative and try some supplements like fish oils, lyprinol, garlic, vitamin c, quercetin, salt pipe, etc.
I had great success with the fish oil and lyprinol, however after time they all seemed to become less effective and I would have to use my ventolin puffer almost every day. Sometimes 3 or 4 times a day.
My asthma is exercise and allergy induced, a lot of dust would cause an asthma attack, about 3 minutes on the treadmill at 12kph would also cause an attack (because I go to the gym regularly)
Now here's the part where I say how I solved my asthma problem.
I eliminated dairy from my diet.
Initially I did this for the reason of trying to improve my acne.
About a week after I dropped dairy I noticed I only had asthma a couple of times in the first week. Since then I haven't used my puffer once, I think it's been about one and a half weeks of being asthma free.
At the gym yesterday I went on the treadmill at 12kph for 5 minutes (warm up prior to weights) and didn't get asthma afterwards. This is a clear indication for me that my asthma has improved significantly or maybe even disappeared completely since I stopped dairy, because my daily ritual was using the treadmill for 5 minutes and having to use my puffer afterwards, no exceptions.
I'm a lot happier now because I don't have to rely on my ventolin. It's like this burden has been lifted. I still keep one in my gym bag but it's more of a precaution than anything else.
Now some final words on my diet. I drink vitasoy instead of regular milk. I think it's the nicest tasting soy milk I can find. Obviously all things like cheese, cream, mayonaise, creamy pasta sauces, pizza and such are out of the picture now. I do miss all these foods, but being asthma free is a far better reward than a pizza.
Now to conclude my post, I would like to say that dairy will not be an asthma trigger for everyone. In my case I obviously have a dairy allergy, but I would have never discovered this if I didn't change my diet.
Last edited by mrpringle; 01-21-2007 at 04:12 AM.