Although I am often around large groups of people – in classes, international flights, as well young children, my immune system seems to remain resilient.
I would chalk this up to making conscious choices around how I eat.Move.Breathe.
Choosing an anti-inflammatory diet: reducing processed foods, sugars, meats, animal products and increasing plant-based meals, at least 1 meal = completely plants.
Coupled with moving more, a daily jog with my dog in the morning to strengthens my cardiovascular system is a daily ritual.
A yoga practice, which lets me slow down, to simply breathe, de-stress. And lastly and perhaps most importantly – increasing sleep. Getting between at least 7 hours a night is a win.
Making healthy food choices, eliminating all process foods, no animals products + move a cough, runny nose, watery eyes, skin rashes, eczema, a bloated stomach is So Not On.
Allergies or sensitivities to certain foods can trigger a multitude of these symptoms. With more than 3,500 common sources of allergens such as pesticides, food additives, pollution, perfume, pollen plus certain foods … what do you do?
If you have a food sensitivity, its best to do an elimination diet. Which simply means, you eliminate that specific food from your diet and see if your symptoms improve. Ideally yes. However if you are sensitive to a multitude of foods, I recommend you work with a nutritionist to repair your gut lining before re-introducing the foods you are intolerant to.
The main food culprits that cause allergic reactions are: diary, wheat and soya. Running a close second are eggs, citrus fruits, caffeine, chocolate, beef, yeast and shellfish.
If you are sensitive to an external allergen such as pollen, I recommend you do an allergy test and work with a nutritionist to support your gut and immune system. 70 % of your immune cells are located in your gut.
When you have an allergy, best to choose anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory foods. Eat brown rice, cabbage, sweet potatoes, papaya, leeks, green peas, lentils, olive oil, pear and lamb. Raw cabbage juice is high in L-glutamine, which heals the gut lining. Papaya is rich in digestive enzymes. Probiotics (in yoghurt or as a supplement) contains friendly bacteria to support the gut. Omega oils are anti-inflammatory.
Often the foods you crave and eat the most are triggering your allergic reaction…. hmmm
Cabbage juice for Allergies (drink immediately while the enzymes are alive)
Small quantity of chopped cabbage
½ inch of root ginger
1/2 cup of aloe vera juice