Minerals ( in their alkaline form–especially magnesium), bicarbonates, fruits and vegetables, alkaline diet.
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Years ago I was prescribed Nexium and it triggered magnesium deficiency for me as well. My throat seized up and I had difficulty getting food down. Very scary. Stopped the Nexium and started the magnesium and the issue resolved. Heartburn resolved too. Magnesium has been key to me getting rid of my SOB this time as well as well as lifestyle changes.
My SOB started during/ after a cold. There are a few of us here. I did end up in the ER where I was told my potassium was low. For me it's related to acidity. Once I got that under control the SOB disappeared. In the beginning it felt more mechanical…the breath would 'catch' or it felt like I was restricted / blocked from taking a deep breath. Toward the end I think it was just silent heartburn. My theory is it started with acidity, exacerbated by not being able to breathe with the cold ( breathing alkalizes the body), possibly dehydration too, then moved to alkalosis/ being too alkaline which is dangerous so my body blocked me from deep breathing for a while, then it resolved back into acidity which triggered intermittent SOB, which is what lots of people walk around with… dangerous but not life threatening. Acid rises up, burns lungs, creates pressure which feels like shortness of breath. It's just a theory though.
If it's related to acidity, nexium/ pepcid might not be enough…try otc tums which is calcium carbonate, mylanta, which is magnesium hydroxide or other mineral complexes ie coral calcium if you're not calcium sensitive. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Acidity happens when the body lacks sufficient bases…calcium, potassium, magnesium in alkaline forms or bicarbonates. The acidic forms of minerals make the problem worse. Learned that one the hard way. Try meditation or deep breathing for a few weeks and see if it helps. Deep breathing alkalizes the body. The lungs help the body regulate pH. If you hyperventilate you become too alkaline so you're told to breathe in a bag to raise CO2. The process works in reverse as well…if you are too acidic taking oxygen deep into the lungs buffers acidity.
My SOB is was linked to acidity and one symptom of acidity is GERD. I used diet , lifestyle changes and focused on minerals to buffer acidity. Takes a lot of research, patience and listening to your body but it's working for me. I finally feel normal again and no longer dread going to sleep.
Here's some info about acidity #2 talks about deep breathing.
I've also been trying to ramp up meditation. I've seen studies on the effects of meditation on the body. One benefit is that it counteracts acidity in the body's tissues, also detoxes and boosts immunity. They also found that it boosts substances that help fight off virus attack.
Count me in on that 🙂.
B vitamins can be acidic. I finally figured out I can't take anything acidic. I have to use alkaline forms of all supplements…gluconate, aspartate, carbonate, bicarbonate, sometimes citrate. Chloride, taurate, malate, glycinate etc don't work for me or cause me big problems. Other people swear by those forms. Magnesium is a tricky mineral. If you can get the form and dose that works for you it can help with so many things but it's trial and error. Some people don't have the patience.
If people think their SOB is related to acidity they might need calcium as well. Tums are calcium carbonate which is an alkaline form of the mineral that helps to buffer acid in the body. Calcium citrate might work. An easy trick…drink fortified almond milk and see if you improve. They usually add calcium in the form of citrate or carbonate.
If your SOB happens after a meal or exercise, acidity could be your problem.
Ask your doctor about magnesium. I just switched to MagOx and It made a huge difference. You have to find the dose and brand of magnesium that works for you. For anyone desperate and not getting help from their doctors, focus on acidity. It's a common theme for all of us. I changed diet, used supplements etc. I'm very careful not to ingest anything that creates acidity in the body and use alkaline supplements…greens powders, alkaline water etc and it's made a huge difference. When all else fails, try deep breathing. If I feel a little heartburn ( which is a SOB trigger for some) I can deep breathe for just a few minutes and eradicate it.
Might not work for everyone but just wanted to share how I beat it.
Good luck everyone!
Have any of you considered you might be too acidic or researched it? As I was scrolling down the email digest I saw people state it started after they were exercising or it was helped by exercising. I put my thinking cap on for a few seconds. I am convinced that for many people having this issue, especially ones like me where the tests show nothing, it's an issue with the acid/ base balance in the body, specifically being acidic or alkaline. Chronic acidosis can have a myriad of low level symptoms, ie stiff muscles and joints, heartburn, osteoporosis, migraines, etc. It can fly right underneath the radar. As the situation becomes more chronic it can trigger shortness of breath.
Paradox: intense exercise can sometimes induce acidosis (lactic acid buildup is what causes muscle burning and soreness) but moderate forms of exercise can mitigate acidosis because it oxygenates the body and balances c02 levels. My SOB was mitigated by eating alkaline foods and focusing on potassium which is a highly alkalizing mineral. I also included moderate exercise which helped because deep breathing caused by aerobic activity helps to alkalize the body. The green drinks and smoothies I added in replaced lost minerals which buffer acids. It sounds like a lot and most people don't want to go that route, but it's totally worth it to get rid of that SOB beast. A pack of wheat grass powder in an cup of orange juice and a daily walk might be all you need. The guy below alkalized with baking soda and lemon juice.
By all means get checked out, but if you're still finding you don't have an answer, alkalizing might help, especially if you're under a lot of stress, don't eat a lot of vegetables, drink coffee, don't drink enough mineralized water or are a big meat eater. You might have issues with acidity. Per my research chronic long term acidosis can damage your organs the first being your kidneys so it's an important thing to watch.
Here are a few articles that might help with your research: