One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
Traveling with a bloated belly that is backed-up by some restaurant food from the night before is never fun. Those flavor enhancers found at a recent convenience food stop can also ruin a trip. These sudden changes of diet that most of us experience while traveling can really tie the loops of bowels into knots. These knots can be prevented and undone with some simple strategies to keep things moving smoothly. Seeking out the best foods, substituting the junk with the healthy choices, and selecting wisely are all ways for to eat healthily while traveling.
I offer my recent food journal taken while I was traveling to Boston as an example. The first thing I did was to seek out the nearest Whole Foods Market . These resources are not hard to find and offer many healthy food choices. That is right; I went grocery shopping while traveling. Why not? My body is used to certain foods. Going grocery shopping at the destination is a great way to acquire healthy foods your body is use...
New ways to improve nutrition can always be found. Sometimes being stuck in an eating rut can perpetuate unhealthy habits because those foods that you are used to may not be the best for you. Good health starts at the point of purchase, in this case, the grocery store. Let’s look at some healthy substitutions and healthy additions for your grocery cart.
Substituting is a great way to shift to a slightly healthier food repertoire. You might be used to eating one type of food, but maybe another option can be just as satisfying and more nutritious. Here are some of the substitutions that I have made in my grocery cart.
1. Instead of rice or couscous, buy Quinoa . Quinoa is a whole grain that is loaded with vitamins and proteins. It cooks just a quickly (or more quickly) than rice or couscous, but does not have all the carbohydrate calories that go right to my butt. My favorite recipe is Roasted Vegetables with Saffron Quinoa.
2. Instead of spaghet...
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