August 29, 2011

An Allergy Conscious Diet

Did you know that incorporating certain foods into your diet can minimize the symptoms of seasonal allergies? There are actually a wide variety of antihistamine foods that one can eat to cope with allergies. In general, foods that contain vitamin C, quercetin, and omega- 3 fatty acids are most beneficial.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that has many functions within the body. In addition to this, vitamin C also has antihistamine properties. It works by lowering the amount of histamine released into the body. Foods such as red bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and citrus fruits are high in vitamin C.

Quercetin falls under the general category of flavanoids. Flavanoids are made from plants and known for their exceptional antioxidant properties. Quercetin prevents the production and release of histamine. Some foods that are high in quercetin include: onion, garlic, apples, berries, and citrus fruits.

Omega 3 fatty acids are another of the three best components of antihistamine foods. Some great sources of omega 3 fatty acids include: salmon, flax seed oil, and walnuts.

Whatever you do, drink lots of water. Histamine is released to prevent the loss of water. If you drink water, there will be less water loss because you are replenishing the water that is lost. As a result, less histamine is released. Cutting out gluten and dairy products from your diet can also help reduce the release of histamine.

Consequently, changes to your diet can significantly improve symptoms of seasonal allergies. Instead of loading up on the meds this spring, why not just try incorporating antihistamine foods into your diet.

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June 22, 2011

The Link Between Seasonal Allergies and Depression

Man looking sad sneezingSeasonal allergies are bad enough with their physical symptoms but it doesn’t stop there. Research shows that seasonal allergies and depression are linked. The link has been enforced with research done by many doctors and even by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This explains why the suicide rate increases during the spring, and why so many of us become depressed during the allergy season.

What happens is our immune system is weakened by the allergies and our immune system has a link to our mental state of mind. When we have an weakened immune system so is our mental state of mind. Also women are more likely to become depressed due to their allergies and men are more likely to have anxiety-type disorders from their allergies.

Since the connection between the two is so strong the only way to ride oneself of depression is allergy elimination. Of course that is almost impossible the best that can be done is to reduce the amount of pollen one is exposed to and take the right medications to relive your symptoms that lead to depression. The best ways to reduce your exposure is to avoid going out during the time of day when you’re allergy pollen count is highest, clean your house and clothes and have a air filter at home. The best medications to relieve your symptoms are Claritin, Reactine and Allegra.

Remember there are different types of depressions and just because you have allergies doesn’t necessarily mean you’re depressed or the other way around. Depression is generally described as a powerful feeling of sadness and hopelessness. So before you go telling your doctor you are depressed, really consider if you’re just annoyed with the symptoms or truly depressed. If you are experiencing depression it is critical that you not only take the mention steps to reduce your exposure to allergies and take the right medication to suppress your symptoms, but also see a doctor about your depression.

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May 16, 2011

Reduce Allergy Symptoms

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Girl Sneezing from AllergiesSpring has finally arrived and although for most it’s their favorite season, for others it’s allergy season. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases (NIAID), about 20% of people who have seasonal allergies do not receive enough relief with medications such as antihistamines or over the counter drugs. Over the counter drugs for allergies are great when the allergies are mild however, they are less effective when the symptoms are moderate or severe. According to Anthony Fauci, who is director of the NIAID, people with moderate to severe allergies tend to benefit more from allergy shots due to their immune system being more tolerant to the allergen. Some great ways to prevent allergies from occurring are:

Pollen: Make sure to wash your hair or skin before going to bed to get rid of any potential allergens stuck to your hair or skin. Also avoid going outside on a windy or dry day and try to avoid opening windows as allergens can easily get into the house.
Mold: You can reduce the amount of mold in the house by cleaning shower curtains or cleaning around areas that are damp or dry rot. By opening doors and turning on fans, it allows air movement to help prevent mold.
Dust: Remove drapes, feather pillows or upholstered furniture to lessen dust. These items tend to accumulate the most dust. It is also best to remove any non-washable items because they are prone to collecting dust.

By following these simple steps, it may be possible to help reduce or find relief from bothersome allergy symptoms and get back to enjoying spring time.

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