5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food

Whether you wish to prevent symptoms this allergy season or you are actively suffering from allergies, these 5 tips can help prevent and reduce your symptoms:

1. Increase water intake: Aim for the recommended 8-10 glasses per day to prevent dehydration. Histamine production is increased when the body is dehydrated. Histamine is a substance released in the body when the immune system responds to an allergen.  It causes inflammation and is one of the primary substances responsible for allergy symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching and mucous production.

2. Identify and eliminate food sensitivities: Food sensitivities are often present in people who suffer from seasonal allergies.  Common foods sensitivities include: sugar, dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, corn, peppers, tomato, and citrus fruits.  These foods increase inflammation in the body which aggravates existing allergy symptoms.

3.  Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods: These foods often contain increased salt, sugar, artificial colours/flavours and chemical preservatives which can further increase inflammation and the immune system’s allergic response. 

4. Increase foods high in vitamin C:—Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine that prevents the release of histamine as well as increase the rate of histamine breakdown and elimination.  Foods high in vitamin C include oranges, apples, berries and green leafy vegetables. 

5. Increase foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids: Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include fish, ground flaxseed and flax oil, walnuts, eggs, soybeans and tofu.  Omega-3 fatty acids influence the chemical pathways of the inflammatory response and decrease inflammation in the body.

Stay tuned for my next post on the top homeopathic remedies for seasonal allergies!

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Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

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  1. Pingback: Still fighting your allergies? Try quercetin! | Dr. Ellen Simone, ND

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