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Ask Dr. Mike: Treating Asthma Naturally & Is Juicing Good for Your Health?

Here you'll find the answers to a wealth of health and wellness questions posed by Healthy Talk fans. Listen in because what you know helps ensure healthy choices you can live with. Today on Healthy Talk you wanted to know:

I've had asthma most my life and it's not getting better as I've gotten older as my doctor said it would. Are there any natural ways I can treat it?

Asthma occurs when you have inflammation in your air passages that results in the narrowing of the airways that transport oxygen from your nose and mouth to your lungs.

There are natural ways to help ease asthma symptoms, but this doesn't mean you should gear away from inhalers or steroids. You might want to talk to your doctor about taking suplatast, which inhibits TH2, causing TH1 to come up, which decreases asthma symptoms. However, if you try to treat the immune system, it might clear up some of the inflammation. Here are some natural ways to ease asthma symptoms:
  • Grape seed extract
  • Probiotics
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium

I have read a report published by Mayo Clinic that Juicing is not any better for you than eating the fruit or vegetable. What's your take?

By juicing fruits, you are stripping away essential fiber and concentrating the sugars which wouldn't be good for anyone who has diabetes, or if you're watching your sugar intake. Some say that vitamins and minerals from veggies are absorbed quicker in your body through juicing than by eating them. However, there isn't any solid scientific research done on whether or not juicing is better than eating fruits and veggies.

Dr. Mike suggests that for every one fruit, you need to eat three vegetables.

If you have a health question or concern, Dr. Mike encourages you to write him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so he can provide you with support and helpful advice.