Allergy season is never really over for some of us who suffer year-round. Following an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the paleo diet, may provide relief for those who suffer from allergies, year-round or seasonally.
It is widely believed that certain foods tend to overburden the immune system and make it harder for our bodies to deal with environmental allergens. In contrast, eating anti-inflammatory foods will have the opposite effect and help control inflammation that leads to allergic responses.
How does the paleo diet help reduce inflammation and allergies? Many who eat a paleo diet for a good length of time report that their seasonal allergy symptoms disappear or at least, are reduced. Many indicate that they no longer need allergy medication.
The paleo diet is sometimes called the caveman’s diet because it encourages you to eat like our Stone Age ancestors. This diet excludes many foods that tend to exacerbate inflammation and allergies. The diet is a healthy balance of veggies at every meal, along with lean, hormone-free protein, and fats, such as avocado, olive oil and coconut, with nuts on occasion. The diet encourages choosing foods free of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.
Foods to eat
•Vegetables: local and organic, if possible.
•Fruits: limit to one or two servings per day, if trying to lose weight or restrict carbs.
•Meat and eggs: organic and grass fed, if possible.
•Fish, shellfish: select those that are wild caught.
•Nuts and seeds, but not peanuts which are legumes: eat sparingly.
•Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, etc.
•Beverages: water, herbal tea, coconut water, freshly-juiced fruits and vegetables.
Foods in moderation
Foods to avoid
•Grains: means no flour, no whole grains, such as rice, quinoa or oats.
•Beans, legumes: all but snap peas and green beans.
•High omega-6 vegetable oils, such as hydrogenated oils; usually made from soy, cottonseed, corn, sunflower, safflower and sesame.
•Refined and artificial sweeteners
•Farmed meat, eggs and seafood, rather than wild caught
•Refined, iodized salt