For a lot of people who reduce or remove harmful additives from their diets, the improvement is amazing, and they never look back. My story is similar. At age 18 I ended up in a hospital emergency department with an acute asthma episode that we could not control at home. After a few days there to get my breathing under control, I was then put on a steroidal preventative medication, and told by my lung specialist that I would be on it for life, that asthma wasn’t curable. Right there in that doctor’s office, I remember saying in my head “You don’t know that for sure.” I remember being convinced that I was not under a life sentence, I didn’t want to be.
And yet for over 12 years I continued to take this preventative medication, and although I tried reducing my dosage I could never get off it, and it didn’t stop me still having to use reliever medication semi-regularly. Every time I drank soft drink or wine, within two hours or so my breathing would be more laboured, and I would have to have my reliever puffer. Then I started looking into additives, and realised there were quite a few not recommended for Asthmatics. I determined to try again to reduce my medication, by avoiding all the additives known to be harmful, which included those additives associated with asthma symptoms. Yes, the wine had to go, for a time. I gave it 3 months without these additives in my system, then I started to reduce my medication slowly.
What amazed me was that I coped well, and I continued to reduce my medication until within six months I was steroid free. The feeling of throwing away my preventative inhaler was one of the best feelings. Today, if I eat or drink something that I know has the additives that will affect me, they affect me a lot quicker, within 15 minutes my lungs are not happy, and I will need my reliever medication (or today I use an essential oil blend which works a lot quicker).
My story shows me how my body couldn’t tolerate the additives levels I was consuming, and that by reducing them, almost completely, my lungs didn’t need steroids to cope. Maybe you are wondering whether I can drink soft drink or wine now? Well the answer is yes and no. I can drink Schweppes Lemonade, but only in a bottle, and I can either buy a preservative free wine or use SO2Go liquid in my wine so I can drink it without reacting. However I have discovered that Gin or Vodka don’t have the preservatives that wine does so sometimes that is another option.
So I use this story just to illustrate the potential affect that additives may be having on you or your family, and how making a difference in what you eat may just make all the difference. It’s Lung Awareness Month, so if you know someone who struggles with a lung condition, please share this with them.
And I’d love to hear about your story. Have you removed any additives from your diet and seen improvements?