cystic fibrosis

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis and its treatment

Knowing the symptoms of cystic fibrosis is essential to treat it as soon as possible to help us, so, of natural therapies.

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes the body to produce excess mucus in the lung and pancreas area, thus affecting the respiratory and digestive system. Cause serious disturbances of the functions of each system and can be fatal.

Although the last 30 years have seen an increase in life expectancy of these patients, the average is still around 37 years.

Etiology or causes

The cause of cystic fibrosis is a defective gene, which contains within its normal functions building a protein (called CFTR) that regulates the flow of sodium into cells in exocrine glands (pancreas, prostate) when defective, causes mucus secretion very thick that accumulates in the lungs, causing serious respiratory infections, and pancreas, halting production and action of digestive enzymes. Cystic fibrosis occurs when both parents carry an abnormal CFTR gene and the child is born with both.

Most patients are diagnosed before age 2, although there are cases of slow evolution that often have no symptoms until 18.

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Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

In connection with the respiratory symptoms of cystic fibrosis are usually manifested as chronic bacterial infections, causing shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing a lot with. In the digestive system, mucus blocks the release of pancreatic enzymes, creating problems of digestion and absorption, especially fats.

Symptoms of cystic Fibroisis in newborns

  • Salty-tasting skin.
  • Stunted growth.
  • Do not go to the toilet within the first 48 hours of life.
  • Difficulty gaining weight in childhood.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis in the digestive system

  • Greasy stools, foul smelling and floating.
  • Weightloss.
  • Constipation (abdominal pain)
  • Swollen abdomen, flatulence.
  • Sickness.

Symptoms may reach sterility in men, inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) and death from lung disease.

Diet to follow in case of cystic fibrosis

  • People with cystic fibrosis require 50% more nutrients than a normal person. They should eat a high calorie diet, especially in childhood and adolescence.
  • Make 6 meals a day, in small portions.
  • Avoid foods that stimulate mucus secretion: dairy products, prepared food (super), animal products, sugar, wheat and flour products (pasta, cookies, pastries)
  • 75% of the diet should consist of vegetables and raw fruit, incorporating seeds and nuts (raw) too. The prepared supermarket and carrying long cooking aid mucus accumulation in the body and involve a more complicated food digestion.
  • Include foods rich in Germanium: garlic, shiitake mushrooms and onions. This favoece cellular respiration.
  • Include foods high in fat soluble vitamins (A, E, D, K)
  • That is unrefined sea salt.

Medicinal plants

  • Antiseptic (against infection): garlic, onion, essential tea tree oil, eucalyptus and thyme.
  • Immunostimulants: Echinacea, Licorice, Propolis, Oregano (Essential Oil), goldenseal, etc.
  • Expectorants: Pulmonaria, Eucalyptus, Pine, mullein.
  • Anti – inflammatory: Turmeric + black pepper, ginger, licorice.
  • The Alfafa: because it is rich in Vitamin K and minerals

Other therapies for cystic fibrosis

  • DNAse (Dinasa): an enzyme that helps to dilute the mucus that these patients have in the lungs.
  • Pancreatic enzymes: take when intake starts at meals. Necessary for the assimilation of nutrients.
  • Supplementation of Vitamin E and Selenium (are low in cases of cystic fibrosis)

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