What is all about nutrition and diet? There are some nutrition basics you can keep in mind. Mastering the nutrition basics comes down to understanding the concept of a food pyramid and the roles of fiber, fat, cholesterol, and calories in a healthy diet. You can also talk to your doctor or a dietitian for adapted dietary advice that takes into account your health status, lifestyle, and food like and dislikes. Water is your body's principal chemical component. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Table salt is made up of the elements sodium and chlorine - the technical name for salt is sodium chloride. Your body needs some sodium to work properly. It helps with the function of nerves and muscles. Your body needs some sodium to function properly. Features - Helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body Helps transmit nerve impulses Influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles Fiber is a substance in plants. Dietary fiber is the kind you eat. It is in fruits, vegetables and grains. It is the part of the plant that your body can't digest. Yet it is an important part of a healthy diet. It adds bulk to your diet and makes you feel full faster, helping you to control your weight. Fiber helps digestion and helps to prevent constipation. There is more calcium in your body than any other mineral. Calcium has many significant jobs. The body stores more than 99 percent of its calcium in the bones and teeth to help make and keep them strong. The rest is throughout the body in blood, muscle and the fluid between cells. Your body needs calcium to help muscles and blood vessels contract and expand, to secrete hormones and enzymes and to send messages through the nervous system. Asthma is a respiratory disorder in which the lungs and throat gets compressed, making it complex for a person to breathe. In this form a person gets recurring attacks, which is uncomfortable and worst, it can be life-threatening. Most people with asthma are always fighting congestion in their lungs. Asthma can occur in anyone, but it is most widespread during childhood and early adulthood. Many things can cause an asthma attack, including exhaustion, stress, and lung infection and even cold air, but exposure to allergic substances, such as dust and smoke. Although attacks are usually brief, they are still upsetting for child and parent also. Herbs alone can work wonders in helping your child and a few additional measures will contribute to the success of these remedies. Since asthma is associated with allergies, keep the air your child breathes as clean as possible. Air filters help to eliminate many common airborne allergens: pollen, mites, mold, animal dander and dust. Check that your air-conditioning and heating- system filters are not recycling dust through your home. An alternative to the chest rub is an herbal steam that uses these same essential oils. Add two drops of lavender essential oil to a humidifier in your child's room or have your child inhale the steam from a pan of water containing four drops of lavender essential oil. Asthma herbs and asthma herbal medicine for inhaling Inhaling herbs via a humidifier is one way to deliver herbs to the lungs and airways. As part of an asthma herbal treatment, a humidifier is a cheap and useful tool. The way to use a humidifier is simply to add essential oils or tinctures to the water. Using reverse osmosis or distilled water is ideal. Glass and stainless steel are better materials than plastic when looking for a humidifier. Some great herbs for inhaling are eucalyptus and peppermint. Both help to dilate the airways, and also have an antibacterial effect. Tea tree oil is highly antibacterial as well.