Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties, according to the NHS.
The condition can affect people of all ages, but is more likely to develop in children.
Asthma symptoms include wheezing, coughing, and feeling tight-chested.
If symptoms get temporarily worse, patients may have an asthma attack. Three people die from asthma attacks in the UK everyday.
But, you could lower your risk of having asthma symptoms by taking daily magnesium supplements, according to Andrew Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of natural health company BetterYou.
Thomas was diagnosed with asthma in 1981. He became heavily reliant on his steroid preventative inhaler at 16 years old.
Twenty three years later, he took an interest in nutritional biochemistry, and began taking magnesium supplements.
The two most important minerals for anyone with a respiratory illness are calcium and magnesium, he said.
Calcium is responsible for bone dentist and muscle contraction. But, magnesium is needed for muscles to relax, and to repair themselves.
Without enough magnesium in the body, muscles can’t fully relax, and calcium isn’t absorbed into the bone. Undissolved calcium thens settles in soft tissue and muscles, he added.
Left unchecked, it becomes a major contributing factor to respiratory muscle stiffening and poor breathing function.
A western diet, of high dairy and relatively low green vegetables, includes far more calcium than magnesium, the nutritionist revealed.
Thomas therefore cut back on his dairy, and began taking magnesium supplements.
The best way to take the supplement is in an ionised form, which you apply directly onto the skin, he said.
Thomas said: ““As advised, I applied the liquid to my upper chest, shoulders and arms, religiously after every shower.
“After a few months I realised I had reduced my inhaler use to an occasional puff.
“I felt more flexible, more relaxed and I finally felt back in control of my breathing.
“I last used an inhaler in 2006 and began developing a range of transdermal magnesium products.”
The exact cause of asthma is unknown, the NHS said.
But, patients often have swollen or inflamed airways that become narrow when exposed to certain triggers.
Triggers can include infections, allergies, weather, mould, or even some medicines.
If you have asthma, you should use preventative inhaler every day.
You should also have regular contact with your doctor to monitor your condition.