Allergy is an inflammatory response of the immune system triggered, among other substances, by histamine, responsible for the main symptoms (itchy eyes, rhinorrhea…). It occurs when an allergen exceeds the first defensive barriers of the body, skin and mucous membranes.
To prevent it, the best thing you can do is pamper your digestive system, since it houses 70% of the immune system. It is also important to help the liver in the months before the onset of allergies.
Food against allergy in spring
Through feeding, it is essential to take care of the intestinal wall, the digestive mucous membranes and the microbiota, so that the intestine can correctly exercise its functions: absorb nutrients, act as a barrier against pathogens and generate beneficial substances. In addition, we must promote liver function.
There are foods that hurt you, especially irritating foods; such as coffee, gluten, dairy products or sugar, as they damage the integrity of the intestinal wall, saturate the liver and facilitate the accumulation of toxins.
The foods that you will discover in this article, however, are especially beneficial. Incorporate them into your diet so that your body can face the best prepared spring:
1. Apple, rich in quercetin
It is rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that tones the immune system and helps minimize the allergic response.
Take at least one a day, raw or cooked.
2. Turmeric and ginger, two very protective spices
Curcumin is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Ginger deflates, improves digestion and tones the defenses.
Include 2 slices of each a day in your infusions, sauces or other recipes.
3. Garlic, a great immunostimulant
Strengthens the immune system. When raw and crushed, it provides substances that inhibit the action of certain inflammatory enzymes that can cause allergic reactions.
Take 2 cloves of garlic a day. It is better that the garlic is raw and crushed.
4. Fermented food
The pickles (gherkins), the kimchi (Chinese cabbage) and the sauerkraut (white cabbage) feed the gut microbiota.
Its acid taste benefits the liver activity.
Take a small serving a day, for example a pickle, to accompany the meal.
5. Raw onion
This bulb, like all of its family, provides sulfur amino acids necessary for liver function.
In addition, the onion is also rich in quercetin, the antioxidant with antihistamine action.
Take 1 a day, raw and macerated or well cooked.
6. Flax seeds against inflammation
Flax seed oil (ecological and first-press), chia seeds or hemp seeds are essential to prevent and improve allergies because they are a source of omega-3, a potent anti-inflammatory.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons a day, better crushed, yogurt, mueslis, smoothies, rice…
7. Green tea, a good antiallergic
It contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which neutralizes a receptor involved in the production of the allergic response. In addition, green tea is rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory action.
Drink 1 cup a day, outside of the main meals.
8. Carrot, rich in beta-carotene
All foods rich in beta carotene and vitamin A have a protective function of the immune system, which is greater if they are dressed with a healthy fat.
Take it on alternate days, always slightly cooked.
It is rich in glutamine, an amino acid that helps to heal the intestinal wall when there is hyperpermeability and, thus, favors the functions of the digestive system.
Raw, it is rich in vitamin C, necessary for liver function and to tone the digestive system.
You can eat it 4 times a week, in juice, steamed, boiled…
Its bitter taste helps liver function and detoxify the body.
If we choose its greener leaves, rich in chlorophyll, we will improve the effects even more, since chlorophyll helps purify the blood.
Include a little escarole or other bitter leaves every day in your salad.