Allergies – respiratory like asthma and bronchitis, and skin related problems such as eczema and rash – generally worsen during winter. An expert suggests ways to improve immunity by eating vitamin rich food.
‘Allergy is a reflection of reduced immunity. To improve immunity, fruits rich in vitamin C such as oranges, sweet lime and lemon should be incorporated into the diet,’ Ravindra Gupta, Consultant – Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon said in a statement. A single orange can meet more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C!
He says it’s best to avoid food items such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, ice cream, bananas and cucumbers as these trigger a number of problems like eczema and asthma. Also, one should avoid processed foods as far as possible. Food items like flaxseeds, green tea, turmeric and nuts like almonds too can be taken. (Read: Immunity-boosting foods that are available in India and easy on the pocket!)
‘People should have a balanced diet with lots of green vegetables, fruits and nuts,’ he added. Not only can they boost your immunity, they can also prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer.
People with allergic tendencies are also more sensitive to smoke produced by cigarettes, vehicles or even incense sticks. It is important to know the common things that triggers these allergies, and stay away from them as far as possible. In the case of asthma, factors like cold weather and extreme emotional arousal too can cause an attack.
Common symptoms of allergies are burning eyes, cough and shortness of breath.
Eat food items rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which contain natural anti-inflammatory agents to fight allergies. Good sources of Omega-3 are soya bean, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and salmon. Fruit juice and green tea should also be included in your diet. (Read: Omega 3 fatty acids – why you need them in your diet)