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aerosol-inhalerA few years ago I used to puff on an asthma inhaler several times a day, every day. Then I made a few changes to my diet, reducing wheat and cow’s milk dairy, eating less processed food and increasing my intake of vegetables and fruit. Now I no longer have asthma.

More than five million Britons suffer asthma, including 1.4 million children, and the disease causes 1,400 deaths each year. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways, causing them to constrict and resulting in attacks of breathlessness and wheezing which can be fatal.

In today’s news there are 2 stories about natural ways to beat asthma. The first of these simply involves getting sunlight.

A new study by scientists at King’s College London have discovered vitamin D has the potential to significantly cut the symptoms of asthma sufferers. They found the ‘sunshine’ vitamin resulted in lower levels of a natural chemical in the body that aggravates symptoms in asthma patients and cuts the effectiveness of steroids. The study focused on vitamin D supplements, but you can get your daily fix by simply getting outside in the sun.

In a separate news item, a study has shown that adding ginger to asthma medications may make them more effective. Scientists found that components of the peppery root interacted with medicines called beta-agonists which relax the airways. Adding the ginger compounds to the drugs increased the relaxation of airway smooth muscle (ASM) tissue samples in laboratory tests.

Cystic Fibrosis A Race We Must Win2013 Miles in 2013

I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.

The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles, in March I completed 185.7 miles and in April I completed 192.1 miles. If you can please spare £7.85 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.

The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.

2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules

The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment

To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.