Mark Lipscomb wrote:I have largely controlled my debilitating spring alergies through diet. Lots of people have already touched on the details. It was explained to me with a bucket analogy; once the bucket is full your body is sad and you get alergy symptoms. Keeping the bucket empty by eating very well leaves a lot more "room in the bucket" for your body to handle enviromntal alergy sources.
Sadly anytime I drink alcohol it pretty much over flows my bucket. Had some cyser last night at the camp fire and today... my body is sad.
Anyway; get a real good idea of what foods you are alergic too and avoid them. [/quote
Casie Becker wrote:A lot of the discomfort of allergies is caused by inflammation. There's a lot of natural anti-inflammatory foods and supplements. I don't know if it would make a huge difference, but there's a lot of other health benefits associated with these. Tumeric is the first one I think of, but I know there's a lot more.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I think of allergies as being a dose dependent condition...
If I get a little bit of maple pollen, then no big deal. But, if I get a little bit of maple pollen, and a little bit of dust blown in from the badlands, and a bit of dust from the neighbor's mowing their lawn, and a bit of dander from my woman's dogs and cats that are allowed to sleep on the bed during the day, and a little dust from the carpets in the house, then pretty soon, all those little insults have added up to a big insult. Then there are the things that are big insults all by themselves: mowing the lawn, the yearly flowering of the cedars, a desert dust storm.
I think of allergies as also being an inflammation condition...
So if I get a little bit inflamed from drinking a glass of milk, then no big deal. But if I get a little bit inflamed from drinking milk, and a little bit from eating wheat, and a little bit from soybean oil, and a little bit from too little water, and a little bit from an artificial sweetener, then pretty soon, all those little insults have added up to a big insult. I can eat a single helping of wheat any time I want without it causing noticeable problems for me, but if I eat is routinely, I get inflamed and sick.
So by the time I combine a big insult from the things I breathe, with another big insult from the things I eat, it's pretty easy to get into trouble with allergies.