The 4 Causes of Air Hunger / Difficulty Breathing (Dyspnea)


Discover the top causes of breathing problems that aren't directly related to the heart or lungs and the best natural remedies for these issues.


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0:00 Introduction: Difficulty breathing
0:32 Unexplained breathing problems
1:04 What causes air hunger?
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Today, we’re going to talk about the best natural things to do for difficulty breathing, air hunger, or dyspnea.

Traditionally, people may have heard of this symptom being caused by asthma, pneumonia, COPD, lung infection, anemia, or a heart condition. But what if you rule these conditions out and still have problems breathing?

This is called pseudo-dyspnea. With pseudo-dyspnea, you may feel better with exercise and worse with rest.

Top causes of pseudo-dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and natural remedies:
1. Silent reflux
Natural solutions:
• Chlorophyll
• Wheatgrass juice powder
• Betaine hydrochloride (if there isn’t irritation to the gut or esophagus)
• Apple cider vinegar diluted in water and consumed through a straw (if there isn’t irritation to the gut or esophagus)

2. Alkalosis
Natural solutions:
• Betaine hydrochloride (if there isn’t irritation to the gut or esophagus)
• Apple cider vinegar diluted in water and consumed through a straw (if there isn’t irritation to the gut or esophagus)
• Healthy Keto® and intermittent fasting

3. Costochondritis
Natural solutions:
• Massaging and stretching the spine
• Using a mobility stick

Natural solutions:
• Thiamine (vitamin B1)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. @oliviaoccult on November 20, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Asthmatic as heck myself, I haven’t honestly ever heard of it being described as ‘air hunger’ before. I also haven’t had difficulty breathing in months, but I do also work out seven days a week, aim to keep a very balanced diet and understand emotional control these days. I also know how to use breathing exercises, didn’t need the pure chlorophyll or other things but appreciate the protip. If I think about it objectively, I’m also yawning a lot less. Learnt a few things about myself. Thank you.

    • @FeralFaeRae on November 20, 2023 at 11:32 am

      Sulphites (the 200 numbers in foods) can majority cause asthma….watch out for these, also called benzoates…nasty stuff it’s in alot of vitamins and meds, they are very bad preservatives…

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:48 pm

      Ok! Dr Berg’s videos /articles on asthma may help.

  2. @MrFeliz93 on November 20, 2023 at 11:24 am

    I associated my air-hunger/excessive yawning with possibly having COVID back in 2020. Come to find out I didn’t have COVID and it was likely due to anxiety !? I still suffer from this when anxious. I’m going to give these remedies a shot. Thank you Dr !

    • @KierstenA-ue8mo on November 20, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      Yeah well they claim EVERYTHING is anxiety!! When they don’t know, can’t figure it out, or just don’t feel like bothering, it’s anxiety!! 🙄 Get another opinion.

    • @MrFeliz93 on November 20, 2023 at 5:49 pm

      @@KierstenA-ue8mo You’re right about this lol. I’ll update after trying some of the remedies mentioned in this video.

    • @RandomHuTaoSimp on November 20, 2023 at 6:44 pm

      Do you have any other issues like slight chest discomforts, feelings like u are going to have heart palpitation, checking your pulse?

    • @MrFeliz93 on November 20, 2023 at 8:20 pm

      @@RandomHuTaoSimpThe heart palpitations started around the exact same time I was feeling the breathing issue. Since then I haven’t had it as much. Are you having this issue?

    • @RandomHuTaoSimp on November 20, 2023 at 8:27 pm

      @@MrFeliz93 Yeah, hard to get a good breath/ air hunger. feelings as if my heart wants to palpitate, but doesnt 90% of the time, tingling sensations around my upper body, both sides of chest. Sometimes in lower extremities. the feelings are as if someone is gently pressing on my skin with their pointy finger but no actual bad pain or anything. Then worrying about my heart beat at night before I go to sleep. Not sure whats going on lol. I mean the first day 2 weeks ago almost, THAT day it was really hard to breathe. It only got better when I got out to exercise and walk.

  3. @helenevion4868 on November 20, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Your data on chlorophyl, in some of your earlier videos, definitly helped me! Thank you so much!

  4. @kimc451 on November 20, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Since I started taping my mouth shut at night I’ve become a nose breather all day and night! It’s reduced my anxiety dramatically and I no longer struggle with air hunger! Thanks for that life changing tip Doc! ❤️ along with hundreds of other of your tips!
    Could you please do another video on RA- and trigger thumb and finger? Boy, I’m struggling. I have a digisplint for my thumb, because of my trigger thumb, but now my whole hand is ceasing up and triggering.😫 TIA Dr Berg!❤

    • @SimplyHuman186 on November 20, 2023 at 12:11 pm

      Yes!!!! Nose breathing has helped me tremendously. Mouth tape at night 🌙 and conscious nose breathing all day. It helps so much.

    • @allison471 on November 20, 2023 at 3:31 pm

      @kimc451 try an organic whole food vitamin B! Also try to increase your vitamin C 😊

    • @palidanek74 on November 21, 2023 at 7:53 am

      opposite for me works – mouth open ain’ taping my mouth shut with my Sleep apnea lol

    • @kimc451 on November 21, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      @@palidanek74 I use a little sliver of medical tape, a piece about an inch and a half long, and I slice it in half. So it’s very skinny. I put it up and down the middle of my lips to keep them shut, but I can very easily breathe through my mouth if I feel panicky. I’ve struggled with claustrophobia and anxiety my whole life, so it had to be something that I could get out of quickly if I needed to. lol
      It really worked! Dr Berg also talks about how nose breathing can help with sleep apnea! VERY interesting! You may want to watch it! 😊

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      What question do you have that was not answered in any of his existing videos on rheumatoid arthritis?

  5. @janewray8 on November 20, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you for such HELPFUL information that would be extremely hard to get at the drs office. It is WONDERFUL to think that with someone like you we can take charge of our own health care 🤗🙏☺💞

  6. @Pa-we1lw on November 20, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    I knew that my liver swelling was effecting my breathing but you are the only one to acknowledge that. Thank you, Dr. Berg.

    • @KierstenA-ue8mo on November 20, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      Cuz most Drs are r3tarded.

    • @allison471 on November 20, 2023 at 3:26 pm

      AF betafood will help you with gallbladder sludge!

    • @facts4147 on November 20, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      ​@@allison471plz tell me what should i do i think i also have same problem

    • @LAMethWitch on November 20, 2023 at 9:28 pm

      How to fix??

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      Dr Berg’s videos /articles on liver issues and on breathing issues may help.

  7. @jossho on November 20, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    As Thanksgiving approches it’s important to reflect on those people in our lives that contribute positively to our overall wellbeing. You Sir, are one who I am thankful for. Your passionate professionalism in the attainment of health does not go unrecognized.

  8. @quikella on November 20, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    I sometimes get the feeling that God speaks to me through Dr. Berg, I’ll get a notification to one of his videos when i find myself dealing with an issue he is describing the solution for. I love this guy!

    • @pumpupthejam28 on November 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Me, too!

    • @carmonk9243 on November 20, 2023 at 7:37 pm

      Maybe law of attraction?

  9. @SR-vh4tk on November 20, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Whenever i suffer from a condition that perplexes me.
    Dr berg comes up with a video concerning my symptoms.

  10. @dejvisvideos on November 20, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    No way, I googled this (Dyspnea) last night, because I couldnt sleep, and had difficulty breathing.. and you do a video about it today! You must be some kind of a wizard or magician, of course in a good way haha. Thank you so much Dr. Berg.

    • @Drberg on November 20, 2023 at 6:41 pm

      Glad to help!

    • @zetty1977 on November 20, 2023 at 6:48 pm

      Lol, seems several people have commented the same 🙂

  11. @KingJawn on November 20, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    Very Informative, Good Video Dr.Berg! Also getting enough sleep and staying away from inflammatory foods should be a big help to people suffering from this.

    • @Drberg on November 20, 2023 at 6:08 pm

      Yes, thanks for watching!

  12. @adamtgardener5825 on November 20, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    I’m finding lowe iron has been the driver around feeling “air starved”. Been taking iron fumerate for that on an empty stomach. The empty stomach was important for me to assimilate the iron as well as using some ascorbic acid in that solution.

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:50 pm

      Dr Berg’s videos /articles on iron supplements and on true vitamin c compared with ascorbic acid issues may be of interest.

  13. @Promet17 on November 20, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Damn, I’ve caught that B1 deficiency after Covid from your videos on B1, and it did help me significantly with my tiredness, but air hunger wouldn’t really leave. It’s really irregular too, sometimes only for a short, sometimes for a long while, but blood oxygen is high. I guess the doses of B1 weren’t high enough.

    Dr. Berg, I would appreciate it if you said roughly what kind of doses over what time are necessary with B1… if you read it, of course. I appreciate your videos greatly!

    • @daniels.1505 on November 21, 2023 at 5:54 am

      For me it’s 250 – 500 mg of Thiamine and 50 to 100 mg of Allithiamine every evening. Works perfect. @Dr.Berg: Thx again for this advice!!😊😊

    • @Promet17 on November 21, 2023 at 8:50 am

      @@daniels.1505 thanks for telling me, good to have some point of reference!

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      You may want to experiment with other brand of b1. And with other kinds of b1. For example, his allthiamine should be much better. Especially, besides being much higher quality than the average, it’s fat soluble, penetrates much better every where and is not needed in high quantities and no crazy toxins are added. Like maltodextrin, dextrose, ect.

    • @Promet17 on November 22, 2023 at 6:28 pm

      @@helenevion5948 thank you, I noted it down

  14. @carmonk9243 on November 20, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg. Sometimes I like to watch these, even if they aren’t my current symptoms. I like to help others. But I got yelled at by the doctor the other day when I questioned the doctor. Thankfully she was a fill in doctor and my mother asked to not see that MD ever again. But we should be allowed to ask for clarification

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:47 pm

      Definitely 😯

  15. @winningvictory on November 20, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Believe it or not; working out the proper way with weights at the gym, swimming, and Yoga taught me how to improve my overall breathing!
    Thank you once again;
    Dr. Berg for another invaluable, educating, and informative health & wellness video!
    You’re the best!

  16. @saragriselda7393 on November 20, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    I have been suffering chronic dyspnea for two years, it all started after I took the covid vaccine (Pfizer) which caused to me a perimyocarditis and from that moment I live every single day with symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, fatigue, weight to my chest, asthenia, etc. I am honestly very depressed because of this situation. I was young and perfectly healthy and I feel like my body was ruined permanently and without possibility of healing. I have tried many many things but nothing really seems to make a difference. Thank you so much dr Berg for the information you provided, I will try them. Greetings from Italy!

    • @artandrea5348 on November 21, 2023 at 7:08 am

      God still works miracles and I pray that you are one of them!

    • @saragriselda7393 on November 21, 2023 at 10:15 am

      ​@@artandrea5348thank you, I really hope so. God bless you!

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:49 pm

      Dr Berg made videos to help with each of these symptoms and situations. Some won’t be on yt, as he said.

    • @FirstnameLastname-pe5ib on November 23, 2023 at 3:54 pm

      When I got myocarditis, I found that coq10 in high doses (over 250mg) got rid of the heavy chest feeling. A year and a half later, I have no pains. It takes a long time for the heart to heal. And it can only heal if you’re avoiding anything that causes inflammation in the body. While at the same time correcting deficiencies. Magnesium at 1,000mg a day completely got rid of my ectopic beats and palpitations. And benfotiamine at 1,000 plus my finally got rid of my accelerated heart rate as well as shortness of breath. All about dosage. I was in your exact shoes for well over a year.

    • @FirstnameLastname-pe5ib on November 23, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      Take this with a grain of salt but I did this without medication. My doctor prescribed me Lisinopril which is made from snake venom. I wanted no part of that. Instead, I used nattokinase. My clot disappeared, blood pressure naturally stabilized & I can now drink coffee and exercise again.

  17. @jelenanikolic888 on November 20, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    Perfect explanation as always, it is a great pleasure even only listening to this man – the calmness in his voice, kindness in his eyes, perfect order of presenting problems causes solutions….. True expert, according to the highest criteria. Amazing man who changed my life. Love and support, in every way possible ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    • @Drberg on November 21, 2023 at 1:24 am

      Very glad to be of help.

  18. @roseg1333 on November 21, 2023 at 8:16 am

    This is exactly what I am going through right now. What great timing Dr Berg thank you 🙏🏼🫶🏼🥰

    • @Drberg on November 21, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      You’re most welcome!

    • @helenevion5948 on November 22, 2023 at 5:51 pm

      Some of the other Dr Berg’s videos /articles on breathing issues may help with more data.

  19. @Jouhatsu-oi5qg on November 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    This Doctor needs to be cloned and put into every medical school to re-educate doctors with correct information about health.
    He is brilliant, and a gem of a person to anyone with common sense about how to improve their health in a sustained way.
    I just love learning from his simple to understand videos … I respect this man immensely. 👍👍👍

  20. @TheTruthfulDozen48 on December 30, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    So, I am 48 years old and always had this problem. Never in my life did any doctor tell me anything of this. Thank you Doctor Berg.

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