Allergy Prevention Diet
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO.... The Allergy Prevention Diet
Your diet can have a profound impact on your immune system, energy levels, and how efficiently your body functions. Foods can play a big role in one of the most common complaints this spring-allergies. Although you may not be aware, the foods you eat everyday can contribute to overall levels of inflammation in your body and the overall load on your immune system. One of the best (and least expensive ways) to find out whether you have a food allergy is to try a diet elimination. The idea is to eliminate certain food groups that are common allergens (gluten, dairy, soy, corn, etc...) for approximately 2 weeks and see how you feel. Most experts agree that a cleanse diet prior to an allergy elimination diet is a great way to jump start your metabolism and figure out if certain foods are triggering your allergies. After a cleanse period, the recommendation is to add these foods one at a time back into your diet and see how you feel. For more details on how to do an allergy elimination diet, contact OMBE and set up a free consult with our naturopath, nutritionist, or other allergy experts to figure out the plan best for you!!
The right diet can also help your body reduce inflammation, cope with stress, survive cold and flu season and be an important therapeutic for athletic training. The following recommendations are based on the idea that the 1,000+ meals you eat each year can be a powerful form of preventative medicine! Here's a list of recommended foods perfect for the summer season on its way!
Choose: Cold Water Fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, cod)
Olive Oil (expeller-pressed, extra-virgin)
Fatty Fish or Fish Oils (1,000mg/day) and/or Flax Seed Oil
Other nuts (Almonds, walnuts etc…)
(4) Omega 3: (1) Omega 6 Ratio
Limit: Vegetable oils & products made or cooked with them
High fat foods
Avoid: All food made with vegetable shortening, margarine, hydrogenated or partially
hydrogenated oils (such as chips)
Choose: Fresh Fruits & Veggies: ALL Foods of color and with dark pigments: blueberries, carrots, spinach
Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, kale: broccoli cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, collard greens, mustard greens, radishes & brussel sprouts
Whole grains, especially sprouted bread
Limit: Starchy carbohydrates such as croissants, bagels, muffins, donuts
Avoid: Sugar, sweets & anything made with white flour
Processed & commercially prepared foods
Choose: Legumes (Soybeans, lentils, different varieties of beans)
Fish, chicken or turkey (free-range, organically raised)
Eggs (organically raised or at least from free-range chickens)
Limit: Dairy products
Beef, lamb, or pork (needs to be organically raised)
Avoid: Smoked meats
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.
She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women's health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.