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Want to Get Rid of Your Child’s Asthma Inhaler? Try This

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

If you needed another reason to help your children lose some of their chubbiness — and they’ve got asthma (or if you’ve got both a weight problem and asthma yourself), you may want to pay attention to a new study that links obesity to asthma.

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According to The New York Times, researchers looked at the records of more than a half-million children over a four-year period and determined that those who were overweight were 17 percent more likely to have asthma.

For those deemed obese, researchers estimated 23 to 27 percent had asthma that could be attributed to the weight alone. The study’s lead author told the Times:

“Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, the most common reason kids lose time in school, and the most common reason for hospitalization. “There aren’t many preventable risk factors for it, and this study suggests that obesity may be one of them. So, it’s really important to keep kids at a healthy weight.”

In general, there are some really big benefits, not just to your lungs but to the rest of your body, if you lose a relatively small amount of weight. For example, losing 5 percent of your body weight can lower glucose, triglycerides, insulin levels and systolic blood pressure, along with liver fat and intra-abdominal fat volume. And that’s just for adults.

When we’re talking about children, right now over 18 percent of teens and nearly 14 percent of children are obese — not just overweight. That means these children are on their way to adult problems, not to mention an increase in severity of any asthma problems they already have, if we don’t act fast.

Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to cure obesity is simply to eat real food. That means giving up fast food meals and anything that comes in a box, bag or other type of package, i.e., processed foods. It also means staying away from sugar-sweetened products like cereals, fruit juices and sodas and opting for raw, fresh, fibrous foods to snack on instead.

Watch out for sugar substitutes, though — studies have shown that artificial sweeteners promote insulin resistance and related health problems just like regular sugar does, so claims that "diet" soda and snacks are a safe and healthy option are false as well.

I am firmly convinced we can turn the obesity epidemic around — and possibly ditch those asthma inhalers — but it requires a new base of knowledge. As I said, we can do this by eating REAL food. Choose whole, ideally organic, foods and cook from scratch. It takes a little extra effort but, first of all, this will automatically reduce your added sugar consumption, which is the root cause of insulin resistance and weight gain.

If you buy organic produce, you'll also cut your exposure to pesticides and genetically engineered ingredients, and in ditching processed foods, you'll automatically avoid artificial sweeteners and harmful processed fats. For more detailed dietary advice, please see my free Optimized Nutrition Plan.

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