Allergy Sufferers Watch The Food You Eat


by Jacinda Garabito/ Photojournalist Darnell Hart

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  - If you're suffering from seasonal allergies, part of the problem could be coming from what you're eating.  Certain foods can make your allergy symptoms worse and which can help ease them.

Sauric Dixon knows the downside of allergies,  "Try to go out for a date and you have bags from allergy season. you're congested and they think you have a cold it's actually just the basic pollen and dust that's affecting you."  It took her a while to learn that some foods make her allergies worse.

Experts say sugar and processed foods can make allergies worse by causing inflammation, "There's some medicinal foods that have anti-inflammatory oxidant properties and with those in general it can help decrease inflammation."

Dr. Sanjay Khiani recommends foods from the mustard family like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.  He also encourages probiotics, lots of omega 3, and even spices like turmeric, and ginger.

Avoid anything from the grass family.  Eating grains like oats, wheat, rice and corn can cause an increased response to airborne allergies.

Veggies and fruits, especially the peels of apples and grapes are high in antioxidants which can help  reduce symptoms, but Dr. Khiani says be careful with pitted fruits like peaches or pears., "People who may be allergic to lets say birch trees there may be cross reactive proteins with fresh fruits and vegetables." 

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies caused by pollen from grasses, trees and weeds.


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