Foods That Help Prevent Allergies And Asthma

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Foods That Help Prevent Allergies And Asthma

Written by: Brandi Monasco

Many people understand the importance of a healthy diet and how it can lead to a healthier life. What a lot of people may not be aware of is that what you put into your body not only affects the way that you live, but also illnesses and diseases and how they impact your body.

Asthma and allergies are some of those conditions that are affected by the things that you put into your body. They are both affected so much that there are certain foods that you should avoid altogether as well as foods you should eat if you are one of the many people that deal with allergies, asthma, or both conditions.

Foods And Nutrients You Should Be Eating If You Have Asthma And/Or Allergies

Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to lower your body’s histamine levels. Histamine is a chemical that your body releases when you come into contact with an allergy trigger such as dust or pollen. When you come into contact with an allergy trigger, you start to sneeze, get a runny nose and can also start to itch.

Foods that contain vitamin C help to prevent the formation of high histamine levels, which helps prevent the sneezing and sniffling when you come into contact with an allergen.

Foods that are rich in vitamin C include:

  • Spinach
  • Oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Melons
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Bell Pepper 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Making sure that you are getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is another way that can help protect you against allergies and allergic reactions.

Omega-3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties, which means that when you eat foods that are full of omega-3 fatty acids, they help to prevent inflammation within your body. This inflammation can be caused by allergens, which can cause a tight chest or a stuffy nose. Often times, the tightness in the chest can also cause an asthma attack.

Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Salmon
  • Cauliflower
  • Sardines
  • Walnuts 

Vitamin E. Vitamin E is essential for your body in more than one way, such as being an antioxidant that helps to fight against damage in your body caused by free radicals. One study suggests that consuming foods that contain vitamin E can help prevent as well as aid airway inflammation, which can otherwise lead to an asthma attack.

Foods rich in vitamin E:

  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potato
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sunflower Seeds 

If you are one of the many people who suffer with allergies and asthma, there are also foods that you should make sure to avoid.

You should be sure to avoid foods that contain sulfites, which are a type of preservative found in different foods such as pickled foods, bottled lemon and shrimp. Sulfites can often worsen asthma or cause an asthma attack.

There are also certain chemical preservatives, colorings and flavorings that may also worsen asthma symptoms.

Many people have food allergies such as an allergy to dairy products or peanuts. If you are one of the many people who are allergic to one or the other, avoiding the food or product can also help prevent an allergic reaction, which can otherwise worsen asthma.

What are your go-tos for when your asthma and allergies start acting up? Share with us in the comments below!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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