The Solution May In Fact Lie On Your Plate
The food on your plate may be giving you allergies. In a number of ways, the food you eat and your body’s response to spring and summer (seasonal allergies) are related. Grab your forks! Let’s dig into some natural solutions to boost your immune system, including the top 5 allergy-busting foods, and some surprising foods you should avoid.
How do you beat allergies once and for all? First, try a hypoallergenic diet – avoid foods that are known allergens. Second, strengthen your immune system. A weakened immune system is more prone to allergies and other diseases.
Allergenic Foods: Peaches and Celery?
Certain foods can cause the body to respond like it’s having an allergic reaction. Some bodies respond to the ingestion of these foods with an immune-related response that can include bloating, mucus production, headaches, fatigue and more. Commonly known allergenic foods include gluten and wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, yeast, nuts, shellfish. If you check off two or more food allergies on your questionnaire, your free health report will include customized food recommendations and a meal plan that are hypoallergenic— this means we’ll remove all these top allergens for you!.
Apples, hazelnuts, stone fruits, celery, carrots and potatoes are also potential foods that can stimulate an allergic reaction in your body. These foods share the same protein found in pollen. If your body isn’t a fan of the clouds of yellow pollen billowing in the wind each spring thanks to flowering birch trees, some of these foods may also cause you to suffer from allergic symptoms (oral allergy syndrome) that last well into summer, and perhaps all year long. In addition, when embracing a hypoallergenic diet this summer to help battle your allergy symptoms, be sure to avoid common dietary toxins/immune-taxing substances such as caffeine (coffee, soda pop), processed foods (baked goods, candy, crackers) and food additives (sauces, packaged foods). So don’t you fret, your free health report will tell you exactly what you should be steering clear of.
It’s natural for the body to see certain foreign particles as toxins and seek them out and eliminate them. But, for some people, this natural response is overwhelming causing a slew of seasonal or year-round allergy symptoms including stuffy noses, runny eyes, digestive discomfort and more. A healthy immune system can better respond to allergens.
Try these natural solutions to support your immune system and reduce allergies:
- Eliminate dietary allergens to reduce insults your immune system has to encounter.
- Consider probiotic supplementation to support immune health.
- Focus on raw foods that contain key vitamins and minerals that support immune function.
Top 5 Allergy-Busting Foods
Certain nutrients support the immune system, helping your body to more efficiently respond to insults. Some nutrients can reduce inflammation associated with allergies, helping improve your symptoms. We’ve come up with our top 5 allergy-busting foods to help get you started.
- Chia Seeds – A low allergy alternative source of omega-3s. Omega-3 fats are converted into a hormone-like substance called prostaglandins, which affect the immune system – including the ability to help control allergic manifestation by blocking the release of inflammatory products from mast cells.
- Fiddleheads – An excellent source of vitamin A needed for thymus and spleen health, which are both locations for white and red blood cell formation.
- Mushrooms – A source of many minerals including selenium which is required for antibody formation, as well as zinc which supports lymph tissue and T-cell populations.
- Rhubarb – A summer favourite and great source of vitamin C (as are strawberries). Vitamin C has an anti-histamine effect.
- Spinach – A source of magnesium and vitamin E, which helps with the growth and transformation of B-lymphocytes, and promotes antibody production respectively.
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