7 Ways to Avoid Seasonal Allergies for Good
Watery eyes, itchy throat, and a stuffy nose are all telltale signs of spring -- for allergy sufferers, that is. If you're one of 'em, this advice will help you never deal with seasonal allergies again
Skip the dairy aisleJames Matthew Andry, MD, co-founder of MDWeightWorx, says dairy is a somewhat complex category. The story begins with evolution: "We started domesticating animals 10,000 years ago, and since then we've been debating on whether it's OK to eat dairy or not," says Andry. He says most commercial dairy products exacerbate allergies due to their primary protein, beta-casein, which is created during the pasteurization process and which the immune system tries to "fight."
The exception when it comes to dairy? Raw, unpasteurized milk from grass-fed cows, which can actually treat seasonal allergy symptoms, says Andry. "I've seen scores of patients with eczema, asthma, and allergies whose symptoms improve thanks to all the antibodies in the milk that aren't pasteurized out. It's like giving someone an IgG, which is a bunch of antibodies. It helps fight infections, allergens, and supports the immune system."
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