Asthma and Allergies – How Diet Can Stop Symptoms



In January 2008, Johns Hopkins, a prestigious research clinic, published a clinical study on asthma stating there is a link between protein intake and the reduction of the severity of asthma attacks.  What this means is, there now is a nutrition solution that is drug free and that can alleviate an asthmatic’s condition.

Moreover, I have discovered, while conducting decades long testing to determine what protein level is best for me to grow and maintain muscle, that increased intake of protein also helps to alleviate my allergies.  So it appears that the answer to the asthma and allergies question is directly related to the amount of protein in one’s diet.

Putting this information in perspective, there now is help for the 76 million asthmatics in English speaking countries that is nutrition based.  India leads with 36 million asthmatics, with the US closely following at 20 million.  The total for the UK, Canada, and Australia adds another 20 million.  These numbers do not include allergy sufferers.

The long term health consequence of asthma is damage to the lungs resulting in issues with upper respiratory infections and discomfort. As an asthmatic uses an inhaler to stop an attack, the time lapse between the onset of the attack and stopping it is when the damage to the lungs occurs.  Over time, the damage is cumulative and gets worse with every attack.  So the solution is to stop asthma attacks from occurring, and not treating the symptoms when they first appear.  When an asthma sufferer stops having asthma attacks, the lung tissue has an opportunity to heal.  In this scenario, the lung tissue gets healthier over time.

Johns Hopkins: Protein a Possible Key to Allergy and Asthma Control

Release Date: January 2, 2008

Excerpt: “Activating a protein found on some immune cells seems to halt the cells’ typical job of spewing out substances that launch allergic reactions, a study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests.  The findings could eventually lead to new treatments for allergic reactions ranging from annoying bouts of hay fever to deadly asthma attacks.”

The approach that Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center has taken is important and necessary in the fight against asthma.  Johns Hopkins may eventually discover more effective methods to alleviate allergies and stop asthma attacks altogether.  Next generation medications will subsequently be developed and made available to the public so asthma and allergy sufferers can enjoy being symptom free.

The medication solution is exactly what is needed by asthmatics and allergy sufferers that are not aware of the protein-asthma/allergy connection.  A short term solution that involves medication is necessary and desirable for sufferers that have no interest in holistic approaches or have other more serious health issues that are causing the asthma or allergy attacks.  But for the majority of sufferers, the holistic approach is the easiest to use and it is available today.

Discovery: Stopping Asthma Attacks

In 1995, I was conducting a health analysis for co-workers to determine if they were getting adequate amounts of protein in their diets.  I completed over 30 health analyses.  The purpose of my analysis was to determine my colleagues’ protein requirement and intake, and introduce them to the Shaklee Soy Protein supplement.  During this process, I also discovered that adequate amounts of protein in an asthmatics diet stop asthma attacks altogether.  This was a remarkable discovery, but I needed confirmation.  I got confirmation when I helped my youngest daughter stop her asthma attacks.  I was also excited to find the Johns Hopkins study published in 2008 on the web when I Googled a search in 2011.

By happenstance, two of my co-workers that completed the questionnaire are asthmatic.  The first was a lady around 40 years of age.  The second was the teenage son – 16 years of age – of a lady that worked near my office cubicle.  As I reviewed the answers to their questionnaires, I noticed that in both cases there was an inadequate amount of protein – by weight and level of activity – in their diets.

The 40 year old woman and the teenager stopped experiencing asthma attacks when their protein intake was raised to meet their required amount by weight and level of activity.

In 2006, my youngest daughter experienced her first asthma episode when she was in the sixth grade.  She was running in the school yard during a break when she began having difficulty catching her breath.  Before that day, her mother and I had no idea that she had developed asthma.  Needless to say, I was taken aback.  However, remembering my experience with helping asthmatics in 1995 by increasing their protein intake, I began taking my daughter by McDonald’s for a 4 piece chicken nuggets every day and sometimes every other day.  Once my daughter’s protein intake increased, her asthma attacks stopped immediately.

How Much Protein Is Enough?

Excerpt: “Protein has been discovered to help keep asthma attacks to a minimum, and nutritionists now are recommending between 40 and 50 grams of protein a day to counteract the effects of asthma and slow down attacks, which is a little higher than the average daily protein intake.

Protein is an essential nutrient that the body requires to grow, fight off disease and stay healthy. Generally, people think protein is only good at building muscles, but it is also a great way to battle asthma and allergies. The more protein in your diet, the more it helps, but try and eat healthy proteins with lower fats and remember that a balanced diet is essential for any healthy lifestyle. Nutritionists believe that 70 grams of protein a day for men and 50 grams a day for women is needed in a healthy diet to allow the protein to have beneficial effects for asthma patients.”

I don’t agree with the view of the nutritionists in its entirety.  If one suffers with asthma, one needs to increase their protein intake as necessary to stop the attacks.  If it turns out to be more protein than needed by weight and level of activity, so be it.

The Plan

In my plan for stopping asthma attacks on my smartphone APP, “HealthyLC”, I discuss the full details of the examples I gave above with the 2 co-workers and my youngest daughter.  I also cover protein intake and how to manage one’s protein intake so it would be unlikely that you will ever experience another asthma attack.

Download the HealthyLC APP on Google Play or the APP Store and begin practicing the healthy lifestyle choices that will increase your energy levels so you will look and feel your best including stopping your asthma attacks if you suffer asthma symptoms.

Jorge Lugo

Smartphone APP: HealthyLC

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