Are you suffering from allergies? If you are, then you are probably like most people, searching for natural methods of relief. There is good news! You have a lot of options. One simple option is food. Did you know that certain foods work to reduce or even relieve selected allergy symptoms while others are the prime cause of allergy attacks?
Step number one is to figure out what you are allergic to. The best way to learn exactly what allergies you have is to visit a health care professional. They have tests that can tell you exactly what is causing an allergic reaction. Sometimes you will be asked to eat specific foods to see if you react to them. Often food allergies cause hives or other more serious reactions. Never try to test yourself at home alone. It is best to have someone there in case you need immediate medical attention in the event of a severe allergic reaction.
Children are often allergic to similar foods including dairy and often wheat.
Determine the foods you are allergic to and then remove them from your diet. This is important for relieving symptoms and not triggering more serious reactions. Many people with peanut allergies can die if they do not get medical attention quickly enough. With pet or airborne allergies, you can avoid the triggers, but with food, once you eat it, you cannot un-eat it, making elimination the best form of protection from allergic reactions.
When dining out or at a friends house, it is a good idea to ask how the food was prepared in order to make sure it is safe for you to eat. It can be difficult to know exactly what has been added to prepared foods.
Some foods are helpful in relieving the symptoms of non-food related allergies. Many fruits and vegetables work to provide relief and are a tasty way to maintain a healthy immune system as well. Two fruits, bananas and limes can be helpful in relieving certain allergic symptoms. Other recommended fruits and vegetables include apples, grapes, and carrots. If you are not already consuming these vegetables, it might be a good idea to begin adding them to your diet slowly. Many people with other types of allergies will also have food allergies. So, it is a good idea to add only one new food every day or every couple of days in order to isolate any foods that might trigger allergy symptoms.
Peanut allergies are on the rise worldwide and as a result, many packaged foods have begun to include on the label whether peanut oils were used and even whether the processing of nuts is handled in the same factory.