Got Allergies? Foods to Help

Got Allergies? Foods to Help

Allergies occur when your body's immune system confuses a harmless substance for a dangerous invader. This can come in the form of food allergies, pet allergies, or even seasonal allergies when winds help spread more pollen throughout the air. The American Academy of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) found that nearly 55 percent of Americans suffer from one or more allergies.

The most common of all allergies is pollen, produced by weeds, trees, plants and flowers. Those affected by pollen often suffer from sneezing and runny nose, watery eyes, cough and sore throat. While there are a number of medications available to combat these allergens, a healthy and proper diet filled with immune-boosting frutis and veggies can go a long way in ensuring protection against these reactions.

The first step is to increase consumption of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which influence the chemical pathways of the inflammatory response and reduce inflammation. Foods rich in Omega-3 include flaxseeds, walnuts, and organic tofu.

Next, you'll want to up your intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural histamine fighter that not only prevents the release of histamine, but increases the rate at which histamine is broken down in the body. Eat plenty of green leafies like spinach and kale, citrus, like oranges and grapefruit, and apples and berries for your allergy-fighting dose of vitamin C!

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Comments
Are there any foods that will help me with my allergies to dust and dust mites? I am very congested with them all my life!
Comment by gailjjjj
October 06, 2015
Can any food or drinks help alleviate mold allergies? I'm feeling sick from this. Allergy shots did not help at all.
Comment by masterbraider
February 27, 2015
I am allergic to tree nuts. This is a real bummer because they are so often recommended. Many of the nutribullet recipes call for them. I try to substitute seeds like sunflower and pumpkin. Don't know if they are equivalents?
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on April 14, 2015
Those are great alternatives. While not 1:1, you can also use hemp, chia and/or flax seeds for added protein and omega-3s.
Comment by MissBeth
November 27, 2012
The only allergy I'd love to be rid of for sure is a food allergy. I am allergic to cranberries!!! I have heard in the past that there is a way to be rid of this kind of allergy, but as of yet have not found info that proves it. I really miss cranberries!!!!
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