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Allergies and a Whole Food-Plant Based Lifestyle

Maggie has had asthma and allergies most of her life.  Since switching to a WFPB (Whole Food-Plant Based) lifestyle the asthma attacks have significantly reduced from 2-3 per day to 2-3 per year and there are no signs of any other allergic reactions such as hives and sinus infections.

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Alternative health practitioners are agreeing that nature’s top edible antihistamines are found in foods containing Vitamin C, and Quercetin (a powerful flavonoid, sometimes called bioflavonoid). Additionally, there is much evidence that eating foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids reduces allergic symptoms.  We eat a variety of plant based food that contain natural allergens. 

In a one-year study,  significant improvement was found in lung function tests and a major reduction in medication use when patients switched to a vegan diet. Why do vegetarian and vegan diets help? Researchers first attributed these benefits to the absence of common food triggers, such as meat, dairy and eggs. After all, if you’re not eating troublesome foods, you can’t have an allergic reaction to them. But there’s probably more to it. Repeated studies have shown that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have reduced risk of asthma, presumably because these foods improve immune system functions.

Some natural antihistamines:

Vitamin C - Allergy relief is among the many miraculous uses of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that stops histamine from forming. It also helps balance the immune system by functioning as an anti-inflammatory.

Good food sources of Vitamin C are guavas, blackcurrants, red bell peppers, kale, parsley, green sweet peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, mustard greens, mango, watercress, cauliflower, red cabbage, strawberries, papayas, green and white cabbage, spinach, citrus fruits, elderberries, calf liver, turnips, peaches, asparagus, cantaloupe, cayenne pepper, green onions, new lima beans, black-eyed peas, green peas, radishes, raspberries, yellow summer squash, sweet potatoes, loganberries, tomatoes, new potatoes, lettuce, bananas, kiwi, honeydew, pineapple, cranberry juice, vegetable juice, tomato juice, rutabaga, and kohlrabi.

Quercetin - is a type of flavonoid antioxidant that’s found in plant foods, including leafy greens, tomatoes, berries and broccoli. It’s technically considered a “plant pigment,” which is exactly why it’s found in deeply colored, nutrient-packed fruits and veggies.

Omega 3 - Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to reduce allergic reactions through their anti-inflammatory properties.  Found in seeds (Flax, Hemp & Chia), Leafy Greens, Beans and winter squash. nuts - particularly walnuts and pecans

 

Source:  GAIAM, One Green Planet, Forks over Knives, True Activist