Your first step to allergy relief should be to reduce your total allergen load through environmental control and allergen avoidance, but often overlooked in this is the role of nutrition for allergy sufferers.
Nutrition and diet have been shown to play an increasing role in allergic disease. While prescription and over-the-counter drugs simply suppress allergy symptoms, proper nutrition (along with proper exercise and rest) can actually strengthen your immune system and help you avoid allergy attacks.
Broad Tips on Nutrition for Allergy Sufferers
Vitamin C naturally lowers histamine levels and bolsters allergy-fighting hormones in the adrenal glands. (Histamine is the chemical in your body responsible for allergy symptoms.) As a minimum, allergy sufferers should take 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily and another 1,000 milligrams during allergy season. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, and leafy greens.
Bioflavonoids are natural pigments in fruits and vegetables, and they also naturally strengthen the immune system and reduce histamine production. Bioflavonoids actually work in tandem with vitamin C, slowing the breakdown of vitamin C in the body, thereby prolonging its benefits in your body. Foods high in bioflavonoids include green peppers, oranges, blueberries, grapes, and cherries.
Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, plays a central role in the metabolism of food and is often referred to as the "anti-stress vitamin". Vitamin B-5 naturally stimulates antibody production and helps maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin B-5 is found in many foods, and a multivitamin or B-complex vitamin would provide an adequate daily dosage.
Essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from food. Essential fatty acids naturally reduce the inflammation that accompanies an allergic reaction. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oils and plant oils, appear to improve lung functioning in adults with asthma. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains to get your essential fatty acids.
As a general thing to avoid when it comes to nutrition for allergy sufferers, excess alcohol and tobacco are both substances that increase the release of histamine. Histamines are the linchpin in allergic reactions. Lastly, to avoid unwanted exposure to toxic chemical residues, try organic foods.
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