Why Exercise-Induced Asthma is Linked to Obesity

January 16, 2011 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Why Exercise-Induced Asthma is Linked to Obesity
A new study has demonstrated for the first time that as your body mass rises your risk for exercise-induced asthma1 rises. Seventy-one percent of obese people have exercise-induced asthma. This is important because it demonstrates that weight gain progressively chokes off normal oxygenation of your body and proper oxygenation of your body is a core fundamental principle of health.

Your body must maintain the condition of your blood within tight parameters. A lot is going on – nutrients are flowing to places that need them and waste products are hopefully flowing out. The delivery of oxygen to cells is representative of the overall capacity to delivery any nutrient to the cells, thus it is highly predictive of the cell's potential nutritional status.

As oxygen is delivered carbon dioxide is picked up and excreted through your lungs. During exercise-induced asthma the ability to release carbon dioxide is reduced, meaning a person cannot breathe out normally. Why? Because carbon dioxide is a back-up buffering system for trash. It is never the first choice. It is only used when trash threatens to overload the circulatory system.

This study essentially means that the more overweight a person becomes the more inefficient their metabolism and thus the more their circulatory system struggles with trash removal in general. Going through the day is sort of like trying to cook in a kitchen that is already half dirty. Any significant challenge to the system, like cooking a large meal (exercise) simply overwhelms the kitchen as there is now way too much trash (in this case lactic acid added to other inflammatory trash already existing).

The inability to get a proper oxygenation response to aerobic exercise marks a pivotal point in worsening health. Improved diet, progressive physical conditioning, and adequate dietary supplements to support a more oxygenated response to exercise offer a path out of this problem and a return of health.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Exercise Induced Asthma and Obesity  . The Physician and Sportsmedicine,  Alicia Wright, Kim Lavoie, Ariane Jacob, Amanda Rizk, Simon Bacon.

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