Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder characterised by narrowing of the airways and inflammation, causing wheezing, dry cough, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

The first step is to identify potential environmental triggers like allergens and pollutants, then work to reduce exposure. Certain inflammatory foods may aggravate asthma symptoms, while others may alleviate them. Gut health is another key focus, considering the gut-lung connection; a balanced gut microbiota can significantly impact respiratory health. Stress management techniques are also employed, acknowledging the link between stress and asthma severity. Finally, targeted supplementation may be recommended to address specific deficiencies or to provide additional support to the respiratory system.

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Case study

Alex*, male, 35-year-old, graphic designer, London, UK

Address Asthma with Functional/Medicine

Frequent Asthma Attacks: Despite using inhalers and medication, Alex suffered from regular and unpredictable asthma attacks. Professional and Social Impact: His asthma interfered with his work and social activities, limiting his professional growth and social interactions. Anxiety and Activity Restrictions: Alex often felt anxious about asthma triggers and was unable to engage in sports and outdoor adventures.

*The case study uses “Alex” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Alex’s Personalised Plan

Dietary Changes: Alex removed known trigger foods from his diet and replaced them with an anti-inflammatory diet: a Mediterranean diet rich in antioxidants and healthy fats to reduce asthma flare-ups.

Supplement Protocol: He started taking specific anti-inflammatory supplements to promote bronchial smooth muscle relaxation, support histamine metabolism, protect against oxidative stress, improve immune system function, and strengthen respiratory defence.

Stress Management: Alex began using asthma-specific breathing techniques to combat the anxiety that was exacerbating his asthma.

The Results

Within a few months, Alex experienced a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of his asthma attacks. He was able to wean himself off inhalers gradually. Alex regained control over his life; he started participating in sports and socialising more, and his work performance improved due to fewer sick days.

“Thanks to Fabiola’s functional/medicine approach, I have gained control over my asthma and am experiencing improved overall health.”