Most people who are prone to allergies will steer clear of suspected allergens or will try everything possible to alleviate allergy symptoms but would always be on the lookout for something to bring about a permanent solution. Unfortunately allergies sometimes elude cure because it is pretty difficult to find out what exactly causes them. A series of tests to rule out allergens can help, but can be long drawn out affairs with patience beginning to wear thin before zeroing in on an allergen with certainty.
Natural foods can be beneficial in helping to counteract allergies or at least help minimize their severity. Refraining from unhealthy food is one way of ensuring they remain in control. Changing diet by adding certain foods can dramatically help handling allergies. Here are some ways.
Cooking with oils that contain Omega-3 fatty acids: Canola oil and olive oil are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). Both EPA and GLA have anti-inflammatory properties and can suppress reactions to inflammatory chemicals like histamines and prostaglandins, and substantially improve allergic conditions. EPA is also present in flaxseed oil, walnut oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil and salmon. Eating nuts like almonds, sunflower seeds and walnuts help because of the Omega-3 fatty acids that they contain.
Eating colored vegetables and fruits: Colored fruits and vegetables are a rich source of anti-oxidants and also contain anti-inflammatory substances. They help normalize immune system balance. For e.g. the red skin of apples contains guercetin, a flavonoid. Flavonoids are widely used to treat allergies. So an apple a day can keep allergy away!
Yogurt: Yogurt is a wonder medicine that contains bacteria that are beneficial to the intestinal tract and can help skin allergies by balancing good and bad bacteria in the colon. It is believed to work well with childhood eczema. Unless you are allergic to milk products, eating lots of yogurt helps improve your allergic condition. A study in California University revealed that yogurt could relieve allergic symptoms by as much as 90%!
Drinking fruit juice: Pure fruit juices are rich in anti-oxidants and like colored fruits also work well with allergies. Avoid fruit cocktails that contain corn syrup.
Fiber-rich diet: Fiber in the diet has a cleansing effect on the colon and can rid the body of toxins. See that your diet includes whole grains, oats, nuts, and seeds and fresh fruits and vegetables. The fiber in them will help alleviate allergies, particularly food allergies that are related to the gastro-intestinal tract.
Zinc-rich foods: Studies have revealed zinc-deficiency in asthmatic people. Including zinc-rich foods like tofu, yogurt, oysters, crab, chicken and dark meat of turkey in your diet can help.
Local honey: If you are prone to pollen allergy it is wise to start eating a teaspoon or two of locally grown honey, as this will help you develop some immunity to the local pollen before the full-blown season comes on. This is because bees that collect honey from local plants can incorporate some pollen in the honey they collect.
Eat foods that contain anti-histamines: Foods like onion and garlic contain naturally occurring anti-histamines and can counter an allergy attack.
Drinking hot liquids and spicy soups: Hot liquids relieve congestion in the chest. Soups can help. Marshmallow root is also a good decongestant. Drinking a spicy soup can help. Adding spices like ginger, cayenne pepper and onion to soups can help clear nasal passages and reduce mucous secretions. Green tea is also beneficial because it contains anti-oxidants and other allergy relief substances.
Gelatin: Gelatin prevents mild allergies as it helps heal the stomach by coating its lining so as to prevent further allergies. It can be ingested through a soup.
Natural herbs: Licorice root tea, Astragalus, Capsicum and Eyebright are products that are generally recommended for treating allergies the natural way.
NAET to detect allergies: Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique or NAET is a holistic technique discovered and developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad. NAET can help desensitize the immune system to allergens and also treat the reactions caused. It is a combination of various techniques including kinesiology, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition and more, to treat and eliminate allergies, by desensitizing the immune system to allergens.
The remedies above can be beneficial for handling allergies. Most of them being natural are safe and harmless.