Fight Allergies with Food

By Heather Legg

With seasonal allergies seeming to last more than just a season, and more and more people complaining of allergy ailments, we need more options than the allregy meds that are out there. It works for some, but not everyone. It’s long been noted that certain foods fight allergies, whether it’s just by making the body healthier, stronger and more resistant or actually deterring an allergic reaction. Many of the healthy foods do actually help by decreasing swelling and inflammation. When the body as a whole is working at its best, it’s easier to maintain wellness through allergies.

Read below the list of 10 foods to fight allergies (source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=97350&sectionid=3510210):

“1- Apples and applesauce are a rich source of vitamin C, pectin (a soluble fiber), potassium, phytochemicals and quercetin. The latter is an effective compound in reducing allergy symptoms.

2-Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage help the body remove toxins through the liver and kidneys, a process which is difficult in those suffering from allergy.

3-Quinoa, high in protein, essential amino acids, dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, is considered as the least allergenic of grains. This can be used in place of wheat if needed.

4-Lentils, loaded with iron, protein and folic acid, have six times more fiber than a serving of Metamucil.

5-Sweet potato, rich in carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, carbohydrates and fiber, can reduce inflammation.

6-Avocado, a rich source of vitamin B6, magnesium and healthful fat, is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is also a blood sugar stabilizer and liver cleanser which lowers the risk of allergic inflammation.

7- Dulse, a red salty seaweed high in iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and other vitamins and minerals, can help lower allergic presentations.

8- Rice milk, low in protein, is an alternative for those avoiding cow milk due to lactose intolerance. Soy and goat’s milk are other alternatives.

9- Salba seeds, light-colored chia seeds, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, folate, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.

10- Figs, rich in potassium and calcium, not only act as an instant sugar fixative but also help relieve constipation.”

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