Nutritional Help for Seasonal Allergies
Along with the much-anticipated arrival of spring comes seasonal allergies. So for those of you who suffer from spring seasonal allergies – what you eat can go a long way toward reducing/eliminating symptoms. Now is the time to begin your nutritional protocol to decrease your reactions. Management is always much easier when you prepare before symptoms are raging.
A few tips:
- Some foods are known to be highly allergenic. Pay attention to foods that may aggravate symptoms such as wheat, dairy, corn, soy and eggs.
- Foods that are especially high in molds are dried fruits, peanuts and pistachios.
- Give your immune system a boost by reducing sugar intake and increasing your vitamin A, C, E and omega 3s.
- Never tried a neti pot? Now is the time! A good sinus rinse 1-2x/day helps prevent those pesky pollen allergens from settling in.
- Since our bodies are constantly being exposed to toxins in our every day life, a nutritional detox is a great way to clear the body allowing it to be brought back to a balanced state, to work more efficiently and to reduce the severity of your reaction to seasonal allergens. Remember, the immune system is greatly influenced by both GI health and toxins. If you have done a nutritional detox before you may want to do so again, and if you have not, you may want to give it a try.
Parkinson’s Disease Research Society
What you put in your body directly affects how you feel. Nothing is neutral; the right foods promote vitality, energy and wellness. The wrong foods promote inflammation, infection and chronic disease. Our bodies are fine tuned machines that require the proper fuel for synergy and balance. A health condition such as Parkinson’s disease throws you out of balance by forcing your body to work even harder to finds its equilibrium.
With the multifaceted pathogenesis of PD and its irreversible damage, the nutritional recommendations, based on preliminary scientific evidence, may slow the progression of the disease and provide some symptomatic relief. To reduce the risk and progression of PD, modifiable lifestyle factors that decrease inflammation and enhance antioxidant protection are necessary to consider. Dietary patterns that include high fruit and vegetable, nuts and seeds, legumes, and fish (wild caught) with low saturated animal fat intake are inversely associated with the risk of PD. Begin by evaluating the foods you eat and eliminating nutrient-dead processed foods and replacing them with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Incorporating any lifestyle changes take time, so begin slowly and notice how your body responds.
—Marcy Kirshenbaum, MS, CCN