Foods that Can Make Your Allergies Even Worse

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April showers… …brings Mayflowers. And with flowers… Achoo! Oh, Mayflowers bring
on seasonal allergies, am I right? Hi, it’s Dr. Nancy.
It’s so good to see you today. I don’t know if you could see
my eyes are like puffy and watery, and I’ve been sneezing all day. Spring has sprung,
the birds are indeed chirping, and the flowers are blooming. Look at this beautiful bouquet. Oh, gorgeous. I love spring. The grass is turning greener
and the trees are finally budding. And for nearly 20 million of us, 20 million of us,
the arrival of spring, well, it also brings with it
seasonal allergies. You know what I mean. It’s the itchy, it’s the scratchy throat, it’s the watery eyes,
the sneezing, the mucus buildup,
nasal congestion. I don’t know if you can hear it in me. I’ve been congested all day and all of that other fun stuff. Hi, Pete, how are you? From Santa Barbara.
Good to see you. Alright, many people experience
an increase in their allergy symptoms during allergy season, especially when pollen counts
are super-duper high. But for some, the symptoms are mild, lucky, or not at all, some people experience mild, just sneezing and stiffness, but even that can be
unbearable at times. Many others experience
joint, back and neck pain. Yeah, this is all brought on
by allergy triggered inflammation. Did you know that? Yeah. Gary’s congested all the time.
He feels me. I feel you.
We’re connected. Okay, seasonal allergies
can wreak havoc on your body, especially when it comes
to inflaming your joints. And believe it or not,
the food you eat when you’re experiencing allergy
triggered inflammation, can amplify the situation. Did you hear that?
The food you eat can amplify that. So, there’s definitely something
that we can do about it. We’re gonna discuss it. Many allergy sufferers didn’t know
that their food choices… Food choices can play a significant role in the intensity of your seasonal
allergy symptoms making them much worse. So, allergies, seasonal allergies
are gonna exacerbate your inflammation. What can you do about it?
We’re gonna talk about it. But another thing that you can do
is take your Smarter Curcumin ‘cause curcumin combats inflammation. It combats inflammation
and it can alleviate a lot of this joint stiffness. I know I have it right here
in my trapezius, in my neck, in my back and also all of this, inflammation, yeah, it’s gnarly. Do you suffer from allergies? Can you give me a thumbs up
if you are an allergy sufferer? Hi, my name is Dr. Nancy.
I am an allergy sufferer. Yes, me. Me, too. Or do you know somebody
that always dreads springtime because the hay fever is coming on or just they’re gonna be miserable
if they go outside? I have a really good friend that… He’s a golfer.
Oh, bless his heart. Because every single time he’s golfing,
he looks so miserable. I’m like, “Why do you do it?” He’s like,”I love this game. Achoo!” But it’s all grass
and he’s allergic to grass, and he’s outside golfing. So, I guess it’s a give and take. Alright, today, I’m going to show you
how specific cross-related allergens, cross-related allergens found
in everyday natural foods can really intensify
your seasonal allergies, and what you can do to keep
your seasonal allergies in check. In check. Before we do that,
let’s take a smidge, a little moment, to make sure we understand
what seasonal allergies are, okay, what seasonal allergies actually are
and what actually causes them. Seasonal allergies are allergies
to specific airborne substances like pollen and mold spores that only appear
during specific times of the year, like spring, like summer,
and even fall. So, I’m going to show you
what mold spores look like. Mold spores.
Can you see that? Can everyone see the mold spores? I got to get close. It’s gnarly. Here you go.
Here are some mold spores. Mold spores. Yeah, I’m sure. Oh, here’s a good picture
of some mold spores in the corner of a room. I’m from Florida
and they have lots of rain and flooding and hurricanes. And this picture is very similar
to the one that damaged my house when the hurricanes
came through last year. And, yeah, my whole house
had to be gutted and treated. So, yeah, those are not a good sign. I’m sure you have heard
of seasonal allergies. You might be more familiar
with the term “hay fever.” H-A-Y fever, hay fever. Hay fever. People have been using that
for generations. I remember when my parents
were complaining about coming to America
and getting hay fever all of a sudden. They didn’t have that in Taiwan. And how bad their hay fever was
each spring. However, the term “hay fever” tends to be a little bit misleading while the pollen and grasses
making up hay are present in the summer and do cause us allergies,
they do not cause the fever, and are not the only airborne substances contributing to seasonal allergies. Several other pollens and mold spurs are really seasonal allergy rockers like the mold that I showed you,
the mold spores. It’s horrible, just the word, it just… I gotta go take a shower, right? You just gotta go,
eat something clean, Vinegar, baking soda. Alright, so the pollen and mold spores. Here’s pollen. Let’s see, I wonder
if I can show it like this and you can see the pollen. Oh, there’s just a flume. A plume, a plume of pollen. Pollen and mold spores
causing seasonal allergies actually vary by season and are quite different
depending on which part of the country or in several of your cases
which part of the world you live in. People are logging in
from all over the world right now. Where are you guys logging in from?
I see people… Santa Barbara.
I saw New Zealand. Hello, Florida, Maribelle. Alright, she’s my neighbor. Okay. So, yeah, all over the world
depending on where you are, you’re gonna have different plants
and different allergies based on where you are. Look at this.
This is just a hand touching the pollen. You see that? When you go outside
and you just brush off the top of your car, that’s like all over. Seattle, Illinois, Santa Clarita. Alright, Minnesota, Alright, so like I said a bit earlier, there are specific foods
that can make your allergies worse, specific foods making
your allergies worse, and this is going to surprise you. But all of these foods
that I’m gonna tell you about are raw in their natural form
including fruits and vegetables and even nuts and seeds. And I thought I was doing so good. This is just specifically talking
about seasonal allergies, so just take that in mind, alright? So, you might be thinking, “Oh, great.” Now, even health foods.
“What can I eat?” Well, locally grown fruits and vegetables
are bad sometimes for you, specifically,
depending on what you are allergic to. But hold that thought,
this story has a happy ending, alright? Silver lining, almost always. Let me tell you about something
known as oral allergy syndrome. Oral allergy syndrome. Alright, Hong Kong, Nebraska. Wow, Australia. Everyone’s hopping on.
Thank you. I sent you hearts, too. Right now, we’re talking about
oral allergy syndrome, and then I’m gonna share
some great tips to help you deal
with cross-related allergens and the annoying effects
of seasonal allergies. You just want to get rid of them. Does that sound good? Alright, let’s do it. So, this condition, oral allergy syndrome, OAS, alright, sometimes called
pollen food allergy syndrome, is caused by cross-reacting allergens
found in pollen and raw fruits, vegetables,
and some tree nuts. As a matter of fact,
OAS is so prevalent that doctors estimate
that nearly 75% of the people experiencing seasonal allergies
are also affected by OAS. 75% of you, guys. Oh, probably me. Wow, this OAS thing
really sounds complicated, right? But it actually is really a simple concept. Think of it this way. There are three major pollens
that contribute to seasonal allergies. Three major. Three major pollens
that contribute to seasonal allergies, and it’s gonna be tree pollen, grass pollen, and ragweed. Alright, tree pollen,
grass pollen and ragweed. Has anyone ever taken an allergy test, like the scratch test on the back? I have taken many of them. And each time,
I am allergic to all of these. I’m just one big hive back there,
just one big mass. Okay, so most of the foods
contributing to OAS or seasonal allergies are related
to one of these three pollens. Here are some examples. Birch pollen, birch pollen. Now this is a… There you go. This is a picture of birch tree,
of a birch tree. Birch pollen. So, if you are allergic to birch pollen,
you know you are, then eating these fruits
and vegetables and nuts is going to make it worse,
make your allergies worse, okay? Apples, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwi, peaches. Check it on.
Pears, plums. So, birch, here’s a close up of a birch. They are everywhere. Okay, the next one… Oh, yes, I hear you, Barbara. The next one is grass pollen. Now, this is a dandelion. It’s a grass, right? Oh, I used to make wishes
upon wishes, upon wishes, maybe I should have wished
for my seasonal allergy to disappear. Grass pollen. If you are allergic to grass pollen, then these fruits and vegetables
and nuts and seeds are going to all… It’s gonna make
your seasonal allergies worse. Feel worse. Celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes. Alright, the next is ragweed. R-A-G-W-E-E-D, ragweed. This is what it looks like. It got a finger pointing to a ragweed. Can you guys see that?
Give me a thumbs up if you can see. I don’t know how my lighting… Oh, there it is.
It’s all in the tilt. Ragweed. If you are allergic to ragweed,
bananas, cucumbers, melons, sunflower seeds,
and zucchinis are not your friend right now. When these foods are eaten
in their raw natural form, your immune system
can recognize them as an allergen similar to the pollen that it reacts to and reacts by causing
an allergic response, the… the sneezing,
the watery itchy eyes, the congestion in the nose,
the achy bodies, all of it. Do you hear that? It’s so sexy. But, yes, so if you are allergic
to any of these things, these different foods, in its natural state,
it’s is going to cause… …that inflammation. Seasonal allergies can just wreak
absolute havoc on our bodies. Now if you’ve watched my lives before, you know how dangerous
and damaging inflammation is to your health from your… to your little toes. From your head to your toes, inflammation from the inside out
is not good, and chronic inflammation
is even worse. Well, guess what, seasonal allergies, yep, seasonal allergies, inflammation plays
a major role in those, too. Nearly every one, every one of the most commonly
reported allergy symptoms, this is what’s reported, itchy, watery eyes, congestion, irritated nasal and air passages, and even muscle and joint pain. These all develop as a result
of unchecked inflammation caused by our own immune systems attempt to protect the body from stimuli. It thinks is attempting
to harm and attack us. I wore my camo
because we are in this fight together to combat inflammation
and seasonal allergies. In this case, the foreign pathogens, the foreign things
that are trying to hurt us is cross-related allergens
contributing to our seasonal allergies. In most cases,if you are experiencing
more intense seasonal allergies after eating the foods
I mentioned earlier, it’s just best to avoid them altogether. And while that might not be the answer
you are hoping to hear, it’s not the end of the world. Let me share with you some exciting… some exciting simple and natural ways
to change your eating habits and ease the discomfort associated
with seasonal allergies, alright? Here are just a few for you
to consider and possibly incorporate. The first one is to get
your spicy food fix. Alright, spicy food fix. Everyone wanting to rev up
their metabolism was like, “Alright, I can do this.
I can do this.” Alright, spicy food fix. Cayenne, pepper,
cinnamon, garlic, ginger, these are all really healthy delicious ways to thin out the mucus support… the mucus, also to support your immune system and provide all the natural
decongestant support. Alright, so you don’t have
to go to the drugstore and buy any decongestant. Just eat some pot Thai
from your local Thai restaurant. Extra spicy. Eat the rainbow is the next one. Eat your rainbows, eat all the colors. During allergy season
or any season for that matter, look for fresh organic,
colorful vegetables including the purple cabbages
and the red beets and the dark leafy greens,
and especially the Swiss chard, which is loaded,
loaded with quercetin, a natural compound
that reduces the inflammation. Quercetin, that is the compound
that we love in Swiss chard and that can ease the symptoms
of seasonal allergies. So, eat your rainbows, alright? Not your lucky charm rainbows. Eat your fresh fruits and vegetables
that you’re not allergic to. Alright, add a daily dose
of the high quality curcumin that I was talking about earlier. I mentioned earlier,
seasonal allergies contribute to an increased level of inflammation
throughout your body. Curcumin is that active compound
extracted from the turmeric root and has so, so, so many important
health benefits including minimizing
the damaging effects of inflammation throughout the body. You’re better off with it. Oh. ♪ And and just a spoonful
of manuka honey helps the medicine go… ♪ Remember that classic
Mary Poppins tunes? That spoonful of honey. Well, in this case, just a spoonful
of manuka honey makes the allergies go down. And not just any honey,
remember, the raw local honey or the manuka honey
made from New Zealand… Where’s my New Zealand friend? Made with the very pollen
that causes your seasonal allergies. Eating a daily dose
of raw local honey or manuka honey has been shown to help you
become less sensitive to the same pollen causing you discomfort,
especially local raw honey. So, if you can’t get your hands
on manuka honey, then local raw honey is your best bet. For best results, experts recommend
raw local honey connected… a collected within a hundred miles to relieve the watery eyes,
the nasal congestion, and other symptoms associated
with seasonal allergies. You can eat it right out of the jar. But don’t double dip,
use multiple spoons. Mix it with your favorite yogurt or stir it in your afternoon
or morning tea, like I do. Oh, load up on kombucha
and kimchi and sauerkraut, these fermented delicious
of probiotic rich foods. Time and time again,
probiotic rich fruits have been shown to support the gut health
and strengthen your immune system including how your body
responds to allergens. That’s great.
Boost up your gut health. Smarter also has a wonderful
gut health formula that does just that with incredible three strains, three amazing strains of probiotics
to just do that. Balance the good and the bad bacteria
inside your gut, and just boost up your immune system, because now we know
that your immune system is mostly made up in your gut
which is incredible. Alright, so last,
but certainly not the least, make sure you stay hydrated. Hydration is a very super biggie… I’m dripping a smidge. I just… Seasonal allergies gets me every time. Okay, stay hydrated. You know how important hydration is. I talk about it all the time for so many different areas
of your health. Well, in addition,
proper hydration thins out the mucus that is pouring out of every orifice. It relieves many of the symptoms
caused by seasonal allergies. In fact, studies continue to demonstrate that your body actually responds
to dehydration by producing higher histamine levels which makes you more inflamed and your allergy symptoms even worse. In addition to drinking
enough water each day, bone broth. Who drinks bone broth? So good for you. It’s hot right now, right? Bone broth or vegetable broth,
apple cider vinegar, that’s a really good one. These are all been shown
to break up that mucus, reduce your inflammation
and support your immune health. So, mix up your choices of liquids
and make sure you drink or consume enough each day to stay hydrated and healthy. Whoo! That was a mouthful conclusion. We are wrapping this up.
We’re gonna wrap it up. Nearly 30% of the population
suffers from itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, sneezing, mucus buildup, and nasal congestion
caused by seasonal allergies. In addition, the cross allergens
found in several of the foods that we eat on a daily basis including the apples and the carrots, and the almonds, even cucumbers, these all can contribute
to oral allergy syndrome. And that is the allergic reaction
to specific components found in several popular fruits,
vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Fortunately, there are several
steps you can take to minimize the effects of the OAS, and the effects of the OAS
has on our seasonal allergies including eating spicy foods, adding raw local honey
or manuka honey to your diet, stay hydrated and supplementing
with the powerful antioxidant curcumin or your gut health. And your gut health,
I would do that both together. Boom, double, double boom. We all know that the April showers do bring the Mayflowers, but Mayflowers also bring
a little bit of achoo, achoo, and… [laughs] Alright, but you don’t have
to let it slow you down. I really hope that you found
that this video today was really helpful and help you
to combat the cross-related allergens contributing to your seasonal allergies. If you did find this helpful, please share this with somebody
that you care about because you don’t want them
to suffer anymore, and they’re not gonna be
sneezing around you. High five to that.
[laughs] You like this one? Achoo! Hi, how are you? [laughs] Aright, this is why I just bow, that we don’t have to touch. Alright, thanks so much for tuning in. If you have any questions
or if you have any comments, please leave them
in the little section below. And if you have any topics
that you want me to cover, I’m happy to do so, just leave those
in the comments as well. Alright, I’m just reading.
Herb teas are great, Barbara. You are correct. Oh, Richard, thank you
for messaging this to your friend. I’m sure your friend
will be very, very appreciative. “Is it true,
honey is good for your allergies?” Yes, it is true. Alright, raw honey, though, local. Alright. “My state is huge for pollen.
Pennsylvania.” Oh, Barbara, I’m sorry. I’m handing you a tissue.
[laughs] Oh, my goodness, you see my eyes
are just watery and my face is hot. Whoo! Alright, have a wonderful day, you guys. Good to see you.
I will see you very soon. Be well. Bye-bye.

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