Allergies can be a nuisance and can greatly impact one’s quality of life. If you suffer from allergies, you may be wondering if there are any dietary changes you can make to alleviate your symptoms. While diet alone cannot cure allergies, certain foods and nutrients may help manage symptoms.
Here are some tips on how to navigate allergies and manage symptoms with a healthy diet.
Avoid Trigger Foods:
Certain foods can trigger allergies or make symptoms worse. Common allergenic foods include dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. If you have food allergies, it’s important to read labels carefully and avoid any foods that may trigger an allergic reaction.
Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods:
Allergies cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as fatty fish, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and berries may help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and can improve gut health. Emerging research suggests that consuming probiotics may help alleviate allergy symptoms. Foods high in probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
Incorporate Quercetin-Rich Foods:
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many plant-based foods. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help alleviate allergy symptoms. Foods high in quercetin include apples, berries, onions, kale, broccoli, and citrus fruits.
Staying hydrated is important for overall health, but it can also help alleviate allergy symptoms. Drinking plenty of water can help thin mucus and flush allergens out of the body. Aim to drink at least eight cups of water per day, and consider incorporating hydrating foods into your diet, such as watermelon, cucumbers, and celery.
In conclusion, allergies can be managed with a healthy diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods, probiotics, quercetin-rich foods, and hydration. While diet alone cannot cure allergies, it can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall health.
If you have questions or concerns about managing your allergies or would like to test your body for specific allergies, schedule an appointment! We will identify causes and develop a treatment plan tailored to you.