Giving your immune system the nutrition it needs to fight the season is a powerful way you can influence your health. Nutrition works two-fold to fight off allergies: regulating the immune system and preventing its inflammatory response mechanism. An important key to remember when selecting food is that higher quality ingredients lead to higher health.
Focus on Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine with citrus fruits and leafy greens. Sulfur and Selenium are minerals that boost the potency of Vitamin C. People lacking in vitamin D (most of the United States population), are more susceptible to respiratory problems including allergies. Boost your vitamin D by getting outside in the springtime sun, eating mushrooms and drinking milk that is D-fortified.
Calcium and Magnesium are complementary alkali minerals which temper the increase of histamine production during allergy season.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, are natural anti-inflammatories.
Foods to avoid:
Spicy foods: Yes, they make your nose run. This is because they also induce histamine production, adding onto your problem rather than solving it.
Salt: high-sodium diets have been linked with respiratory problems and a low-sodium diet has been linked to better lung function. An easy way to cut down on salt is to cut out processed foods!
Though it may be a big lifestyle leap for some, try replacing soda with GREEN TEA. The sugar deficit alone will help your allergy symptoms, and green tea contains natural antihistamines and caffeine to boot. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we would like to help people manage their allergy symptoms with a holistic approach. To this end, we offer counseling on your specific diet to go along with our chiropractic treatment. Call our office at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment today.