Updated: Sep 16, 2019
Background: Susan*, 37 years old, has been struggling with asthma, sinus and eczema symptoms for decades. She suffers from regular migraines and her work performance is compromised. She has been seeking advice from different medical professionals and was told that her conditions cannot be cured and can only be managed. Further test also revealed that she has no known food allergies. She is desperate to find a lasting solution especially with the recent worsening haze situation.
*Pseudo names are used to protect the privacy of individuals.
I hear your frustration. You have taken all kinds of anti-allergies medications and even invested thousands of dollars on heavy duty HEPA air filter, yet you don’t see any lasting results. You were diagnosed with adult asthma and allergic rhinitis and you are told these conditions cannot be fixed completely and that airborne allergies can only be managed.
Susan, I really wish you could breathe effortlessly and truly live your life. If you have tried every possible remedy available with no lasting results, may I suggest you take a closer look at your diet and nutrition? You may wish to consider the following points below, try them for a month and see the outcome for yourself.
Food known to aggravate allergies
Dairy and Casein
Milk protein, or casein, increases mucus production in most people and acts as an immune system irritant when allergies are present. Even if skin tests don't show an allergy towards dairy products, removing them from the diet often leads to improvement in allergic conditions such as asthma and eczema. Dairy products also include the non-fat versions. These versions may have less or no fat but they have the same amount of milk protein as full-fat varieties.
Besides dairy products, some manufacturers also add casein into processed foods and protein powders to give it the elastic structure. Casein has also been added into some vegan cheese substitutes to ensure it is able to melt properly. So read the ingredients list carefully to be sure that they do not contain casein.
You may also want to cut down on the amount of animal protein consumed as they trigger inflammatory reaction inside the body and irritate the immune system to the point of hypersensitivity. Because proteins are the components that make an organism unique, the immune system reads them to decide whether these materials in the body are 'self' or foreign. When the immune system is overactive or ‘weakened’, it starts to attack healthy tissues causing allergies and autoimmune diseases. Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose and lung congestion with secretion of excess mucous membrane is the body trying to purge what it perceived as toxic out of the system.
Food to combat allergies
Besides avoiding food that aggravate allergies, you can also take in more food that help fight allergies. A nutritious diet can help control underlying inflammation, dilate air passages, and thin mucus in the lungs. Here are some suggestions to help you fight off those allergies.
Variety of Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants and fibre, both essential to help reduce inflammation. Eating a lot more fresh vegetables and fruits is an easy way to get more fibre and antioxidants in your diet without taking a supplement. A low-fibre diet produces a lazy colon that's more susceptible to disease. High-fibre foods help stimulate movement in the colon and encourage the growth of "good" bacteria. In an unhealthy colon, "bad" bacteria and fungal organisms like candida may take over, which for some, could lead to leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome can be a precursor to various forms of allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Spices like turmeric and ginger are known anti-inflammatory agents that can help tamp down the overactive immune response, indicative of allergic disease. Feel free to add them into your food.
Magnesium and Zinc
Some studies have also shown that people who have asthma are often deficient in magnesium and zinc. Adding some good quality rock salt rich in natural minerals will help you address this deficiency.
Imagine what your life is like, Susan, free from tissue paper and awkward situations of having to manage excessive mucous secretion, to be able to wake up early in the morning and appreciate the scent of fresh cut flowers or cuddle your pet without triggering an allergy? I look forward to celebrating those simple pleasures with you.
That’s all for now my friend. I trust that you will find this information useful.
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