Diet For a Stuffy Nose

old message Diet For a Stuffy Nose Darrell Miller 10/24/05


Date: October 24, 2005 10:23 AM
Subject: Diet For a Stuffy Nose

Diet For a Stuffy Nose

Leukotrienes released during an allergy attack can restrict bronchial tubes up to 1,000 times more than histamine can, which makes managing leukotrienes essential to allergy control. Leukotriene production is made possible by arachidonic acid, a fatty acid found exclusively in animal products. To reduce arachidonic acid intake, don’t feed your child a diet too high in meat, dairy and unhealthy saturated fats. Another reason to favor veggies are flavonoids, compounds that give fruits and vegetables their color. Quercetin, the most commonly occurring flavonoid, inhibits leukotriene and histamine release.

In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in the oils of fatty fish effectively block the inflammation-provoking effect of leukotrienes. In fact, adequate supplements of essential fatty acids with omega-3 and omega-6 should be considered since the body can maufacture neither and they produce an anti-inflammatory effect when taken together.

Prevention is a Breath of Fresh Air

Angel Waldron, Marketing Manager for the AAFA, offers several simple precautions that may help to avoid triggering an allergic reaction in your child at home or at school:

-Avoid peak pollen hours between 10 am and 2 pm. If your child participates in sports, encourage a shower and change of clothes right afterward.

-Remove carpeting if possible since it traps pet dander and dust. If you must have carpet, vacuum frequently and employ air filters around the home.

-If you have pets, don’t let them lounge on furniture. Keep pets away from children’s bedrooms.

-Mold spores can wreak allergic havoc, so remove any mold in the kitchen or bath. Use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity level between 35% and 50%.

-Observe school conditions by looking for signs of fungus (water stains) or dust (ideally, schools should be carpet-free) and voice any concerns to the administration or your school board.

Allergy and asthma can slow down your children’s academic performance and social life as well as hurt their health. Buy, helping your kids learn- and avoid- what triggers their allergic or asthmatic response will give them the tools they need to gain control over their own well-being and breathe easier in the future.

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