Effective home remedies for food allergy
Food allergies are a real problem and are often treated with eliminating allergens, strengthening the patient nutritionally, and modifying the patient’s immune response. If you are allergic to anything (food most often) you must know at least some basic natural home remedies that can help you go through. Food allergy is a very individual problem, and people who have this problem must be well-informed, and responsible for their own health.
Special diets are the most commonly used treatment for food allergies and people who suffer from any sort of food allergy, should be very careful with what they eat. But, in case you have an accident and you don’t have your allergy pills nearby, you can soothe your allergies with natural remedies too.
1 Vitamin C
You can never go wrong with this (even if you have another type of allergy, such as stress based, or if you are allergic to dust, pet’s fur etc.) Vitamin C is one of nature’s great wonders. As a natural antihistamine, this water-soluble vitamin has a multitude of other functions in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant fighting free radicals, works miracles in the synthesis of collagen, and it’s the vitamin people can’t live without. Foods rich in vitamin C should be eaten as soon as possible when fresh, as they lose their strength after being exposed to air, or being processed, boiled, or stored for long periods of time. Good food sources of Vitamin C are guavas, blackcurrants, red bell peppers, kale, parsley, green sweet peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, mustard greens, mangoes, cauliflower, red cabbage, strawberries, papayas, green and white cabbage, spinach, citrus fruits, elderberries, calf liver, turnips, peaches, asparagus, cantaloupe, cayenne pepper, green onions, new lima beans, radishes, raspberries, tomatoes, new potatoes, lettuce, bananas, kiwi, honeydew, pineapple, cranberry juice, vegetable juice, tomato juice, rutabaga, and kohlrabi. You can also take it through food or simply take it orally in the form of pill.
2 Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to reduce allergic reactions through their anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are found in cold-water fish (salmon), and walnuts. It is highly recommended to take your Omega-3s from flax seed oil, canola oil, and grass-fed meat. Eating a diet rich in natural antihistamines can help prevent the allergic reactions from happening in the first place, and reducing the need for the drugs, and making us all a little healthier and happier, not to mention less congested!
They are a group of plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize mast cells to prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds. Good sources of quercetin are citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, legumes, berries, and wine.
4 Add healthy fruits and veggies that will help you relieve your allergies
Whole grains, dark leafy vegetables, and egg yolks are high in vitamin E. Cold-pressed flax oil or Evening Primrose oil also contain high levels of vitamin E. Oily fish such as cod, herring, mackerel, salmon, menhaden and sardines provide the Omega-3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. Spirulina (this is an alga often used in “green drinks”) also contains eicosapentaenoic acid. Pineapple contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain. Papaya contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme papain. Turmeric is a rich spice most often used in Indian dishes. It contains the anti-inflammatory bioflavonoid quercetin.
5 Avoid meat
Red meat contains a substance called arachadonic acid, which helps to produce the cytokines and leukotrines that cause your immune system to react with allergic inflammation. All of us need a small amount of arachadonic acid for our immune system to function, and our body can produce this amount naturally. Avoid red meat from your diet because this way you will reduce the level of this acid, which of course will lessen your allergic reactions.