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Fight Allergies -- With Food!

By Sara Butler

Do you smell that? Spring is in the air! And along with all that fresh spring air, things may be included that cause your body to kick your immune system into hyperdrive and make you feel miserable with allergies. It’s estimated by the National Institutes of Health that 35 million Americans have seasonal allergies, also called hay fever. But, you can fight back – with food! Avoiding certain foods this season will help reduce your allergy symptoms.

How Can Food Make Symptoms Better or Worse?

There’s research out there that has found if you eat certain foods, you can reduce inflammation. If you can reduce inflammation, then you can find relief from the itchy, watery eyes and stuffy nose of the season. Of course, avoiding certain foods can help you too, since some foods are mistaken by your body as allergens and can make your symptoms worse. These foods have proteins in them that your body views as a threat, so it launches an immune response that leaves you feeling miserable. Avoiding these foods this season is bound to help you feel better and reduce your symptoms.

Dairy

Milk, it does a body good – usually. But when your body is in the throes of an allergic reaction, it creates mucous to help trap the invading allergens. That’s why your nose is constantly runny this time of year! Dairy also causes your body to produce mucous, so if you’re already struggling with snot production, it may not be advisable to double down, or you may feel even worse for it.

So when your allergies are bad, you should try almond or coconut milk instead of whole milk. Anything without casein in it will keep from making your symptoms worse.

Vitamin C

Everyone knows that Vitamin C is good for you, and if you’re feeling bad a hefty dose of this vitamin may help you to feel better and keep inflammation down. In fact, research has shown that taking Vitamin C can help provide relief from allergy symptoms by inhibiting the release of histamine from inflammatory cells.

So, what is the best source of Vitamin C for you to eat? Your mind may go directly to oranges, but you can actually get more Vitamin C bang for your buck with strawberries! It’s not just the amount of Vitamin C in strawberries that should make you choose them over oranges. Oranges have a protein in them that your body can mistake for grass pollen, making your symptoms worse. So, go for the strawberries!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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