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Asthma affects over 5 million people in the UK.  When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways, the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways. These changes make it difficult for the sufferer to breath.

There are 2 kinds of asthma

Allergic asthma usually starts in childhood and is often related to a family history of allergies

Late onset asthma is the name given to asthma which develops later in life. This kind of asthma may be triggered by a respiratory infection or through exposure to pollutants such as cigarette smoke.


  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest.

Contributing factors

Environmental allergens – For some people, airborne irritants such as pollen, dust mites, mould or animal fur can worsen asthma symptoms or trigger an attack. An inhalant allergens blood test can measure your reaction to possible airborne triggers and  can be a useful way to identify problem substances. Inhalent Allergen Test.

Food allergy or Intolerance – Most people with asthma do not have to follow a special diet, but in some cases, certain foods including cow’s milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, yeast products, nuts, and some food colourings and preservatives, can make symptoms worse. If you think you have a food allergy or Intolerance and that it may be exacerbating your asthma symptoms you might like to consider test. Food Allergy or Intolerance Test. 

Stress – If you are going through a difficult time at the moment it could be stress that is aggravating your asthma symptoms. Stress doesn’t actually cause asthma, but it can trigger an attack, or make the condition worse. Since emotional stress can intensify asthma, you may want to consider a stress reduction programme to reduce your stress levels and to determine whether imbalances in stress hormones could be playing a role in your condition. 

Low stomach acid – Research suggests that up to 80% of children with asthma have insufficient acid levels within their stomachs. Stomach acid is one of the body’s first lines of defence, it is also vital for the proper digestion of food. When this valuable resource is compromised increased reactivity and sensitivity often results.  During a consultation any digestive problems would be discussed to assess whether this was relevant for you and contributing to your symptoms and if so appropriate supplementation to help to improve stomach acid levels would also be recommended. Book a Consultation.

Early weaning – Weaning babies too early onto foods such as wheat, dairy, eggs can cause damage to the immature gut and result in children developing the kind of sensitivity reactions that are implicated in asthma. If you have a family history of asthma and you are pregnant or have just had a baby you may want to consider talking to a nutritional therapist who can put together a healthy and practical weaning plan which will support your babies future health.

Dietary imbalances – Certain foods and nutrients are known to aid the management of asthma whereas other foods such as those that promote mucus production within the body can exacerbate symptoms. Balancing these aspects within the diet can help to make asthma more manageable.