Who does not love to eat? Eat, drink, and be merry, right? But did you know that eating certain foods can actually help you eat your way to allergy relief? Eating well is one of the most natural ways to strengthen the immune system, and here are 5 ways to eat your way towards life with fewer allergy flare-ups.
Eat Yogurt — Check the label to make sure that the brand you're selecting contains live cultures. Eating approximately 2 cups a day has been shown to lower the amount of IgE (antibody responsible for immune response) in the blood.
People who suffer from asthma and allergic asthma tend to have high levels of this antibody, so lowering the amount in the blood decreases inappropriate responses to triggers.
Eating yogurt also increases the amount of the protein interferon gamma which in turn reduces the body's production of IgE. This results in fewer flare-ups.
Eat A Rainbow — Remember the song which words are “red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue”? Well eating highly colorful vegetables and fruits that are high in beta-carotene is a natural way to bolster the immune system.
Beta-carotene is the organic compound found in foods such as apricots, blueberries, carrots, cherries, tomatoes, peaches, peppers, oranges, sweet potatoes, collard and kale greens, and even egg yolks.
These foods are rich in antioxidants which help keep cells healthy and lower the risk of infection and cancer. Helping your body fight off infection naturally increases the body's ability to react more normally to allergens.
Eat Foods Low in Sodium, Sugar, and Fat — Processed food is often loaded with high amounts of these ingredients. A diet that is built heavily on these ingredients spells disaster for health. Countries whose diet is rich in legumes, vegetables, fruit, fish, and lean meat show a markedly lower incidence of asthma.
Insist On An Apple A Day — The old adage has been proven to be more than just a catchy phrase. A study done by English researchers has shown that people who eat at least 5 apples each week experience healthier lung function than those who do not.
Drink Up — This is a natural and healthy way to continuously flush the body of impurities and pollutants. There are many flavored waters available for variety, and adding a small amount of juice can also keep your water tasting interesting. Other fluids such as milk, juice, decaffeinated coffee and tea all count towards your daily requirements.
Juicy fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots have high amounts of water as well and the water they contain counts as well.
Eating healthy is natural and tasty way to manage allergies. The only side effect is good health, and there's no down side to that.