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Allergy to pollen? 10 Tips for the right diet

For many people, the arrival of spring coincides with the awakening of an allergy which, in many cases, lasts until the end of summer. According to the World Allergy Organization, about 18 million Italians suffer from spring allergies and are constantly increasing. The cause of these allergies is mainly attributable to pollen, that is, to tiny particles produced by plants to ensure their reproduction, which spread in the air especially in spring, concentrating mainly in two time slots, from 5 to 10 and at sunset.

Allergy To Pollen

Allergic people, genetically predisposed, in the flowering period of plants undergo a series of annoying symptoms , more or less serious, such as colds, coughs, intense tearing, burning eyes, widespread itching, attacks of asthma.

The cross reactions

In a good part of the subjects allergic to pollen, allergic reactions can also be found to some plant foods that have molecules similar to those present in pollen , since they are recognized by the immune system also by ingestion, thus triggering the reaction. This mechanism of action is called “cross reaction or cross reaction”.

For those who are allergic to pollen it is therefore very important to know the allergy to the type or species of plants and the relationships between plants and plant foods, in order to avoid consuming foods that can give a cross-reaction during the period. of pollination.

Allergy To Pollen? 10 Tips For The Right Diet

Pollen allergy: 10 useful tips for a right diet:

  • Avoid foods that could cause a cross-reaction, always following your doctor’s directions.
  • The diet must be balanced, quantitatively and qualitatively, as for those who do not have allergy problems .
  • Pay attention to the correct storage of food in the refrigerator to avoid contamination between a potentially allergenic food and another food that does not cause problems.
  • Remember that peeling or cooking some fruits and vegetables makes these foods nearly harmless.
  • Regularly consume fish, fresh or frozen, at least twice a week ; its content in omega 3 fatty acids reduces the risk of developing pollen allergy.
  • Use lemon juice to replace vinegar or to make a refreshing lemonade. Lemon is indicated for its high content of vitamin C, is a natural antihistamine and does not contain particularly allergenic substances.
  • Oils high in linolenic acid can also be helpful; it is necessary to avoid olive oil in case of allergy to the olive tree, preferring corn or sunflower oil.
  • Pay attention to all foods rich in histamine or that activate it such as, for example, fermented cheeses, dried fruit, chocolate, red wine vinegar, shellfish, licorice.
  • Flavor dishes with turmeric, which contains a powerful anti-inflammatory , curcumin.
  • Maintain adequate body hydration .

To know more: (World Allergy Organization) (Association of Italian Territorial and Hospital Allergologists – AAITO)

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