As per the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), allergies have seen an epidemic increase since the second half of the 20th century, especially in Western countries.
Australia has one of the highest incidences of allergies, with 40% of all children showing evidence of allergic sensitisation which can later on lead to food allergies, eczema or asthma.
Allergies can become a major source of stress, affecting a person’s ability to live a normal and productive life. Allergic reactions can even be life threatening.
Genetics, inadequate infant diet including absence of mother’s milk, external environment pollution, and exposure to dust mite, pet allergens, and cigarette smoke are some of the common causes of allergies according to Burbank et al (2017). Depending on the type of allergy – skin, eye or respiratory – allergy treatment options typically include over-the-counter and prescription medicines as well as allergy shots.
A natural way to fight allergies is to boost the body’s immune system by eating health foods that include antioxidants and other nutrients.
Here is a list of 11 allergy fighting foods* that can help suppress allergic reactions –
1. Yogurt- Eating probiotic yogurt helps balance the bacteria in the stomach, which in turn improves the body’s ability to fight allergens.
2. Citrus Fruits – Pile up on oranges, grapefruit and lemons to give your body the recommended dose of 500 milligrams of vitamin C per day.
3. Tomatoes – The vitamin C in tomatoes helps suppress the inflammation caused by allergic reactions.
4. Broccoli – This is another high vitamin C food that is known to clear-up blocked sinuses.
5. Capers – These flower buds contain copious amounts of quercetin, an anti-inflammatory compound.
6. Green Tea – Green tea is rich in quercetin and also contains an antioxidant called EGCG which reduces formation of mucus.
7. Stinging Nettle – Mix the herb in your tea to fight symptoms of hay fever. The herb stifles histamine production and reduces inflammation from allergic reactions.
8. Kale – This super-food is packed with carotenoid, a pigment that helps in fighting allergy symptoms.
9. Onion and garlic – Onions and garlic are rich in quercetin.
9. Apples – Apples contains quercetin. Gorge on apples if you are not allergic to them.
10. Salmon – Wild Alaskan Salmon is one of the best sources of potent omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which help reduce inflammation and improve lung-function. Try to include fish thrice a week in your diet.
11. Spices – Ginger, turmeric, and cayenne ease the suffering from seasonal allergies.
Besides eating a healthy diet, also remember that pollutants inside your home can be the biggest triggers of an asthma attack or allergic reactions. Take the necessary precautions to prevent your family from dust-mites, mould and other allergens that pollute the indoor environment.
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Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). (2019). Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis). [online] Available at: https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/skin-allergy/eczema [Accessed 5 Apr. 2019].
Burbank, A., Sood, A., Kesic, M., Peden, D. and Hernandez, M. (2017). Environmental determinants of allergy and asthma in early life. [online] JACI Online. Available at: https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(17)30846-1/fulltext [Accessed 5 Apr. 2019].
*IMPORTANT – The information contained in this article is basis popular knowledge of anti-allergen foods, and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for medical advice. Please contact your doctor for further information on fighting allergies.
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