In functional medicine, addressing the root cause allergies often points to gut health. Eating a whole food, plant-based diet while decreasing/eliminating inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten, soy, corn are important. In addition, adding in various supplements and botanicals to heal the gut lining from previous damage are also important.
However as dietary changes take time, natural and immediate allergy care may be needed.
Vitamin C- A natural anti-oxidant that can decrease your body’s histamine production to environmental triggers. Foods high in Vitamin C include broccoli, lemons, strawberries and oranges.
Quercetin- Decreases pro-inflammatory cytokines and decreases IL-4 production making it a great anti-allergy ingredient.
Stinging Nettle- Great for hay fever, asthma and general inflammation due to it’s ability to decrease the number of cytokines in the blood and acute phase proteins making this anti-inflammatory.
Bromelain- A group of enzymes found in pineapple stems that reduces eosinophils and lymphocyte activation.
NAC- a mucolytic agent, meaning decreases viscosity of mucus. Bonus, it is a precursor to glutathione, which is the body’s master anti-oxidant.
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This is not meant to be personal medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information.