Health

How Veganism Cured My Allergies

I’m sure you are all confused by the title, because it seems to good to be true. For all of this to make sense we have to go back in time. A few years ago I woke up with hives covering my entire body. At first I thought, damn, how did mosquitos get into the house? After visiting my family doctor, I discovered I was allergic to ragweed. I was lucky enough that I only dealt with this allergy only seasonally (July to September), but still it was a pain in the ass. I had to use eye drops and nasal spray twice a day, which made me feel a bit like Lisa Zemo, but it was just something I had to accept. Having a ragweed allergy prevented me from going on summer hikes with my family (I was a little lazy shit at the time so I was okay with this) and kept me far away from nature. Some nights my allergies got so bad that the roof of my mouth would itch and keep me up till the early hours of the morning. There was only so much medicine could do. I thought that my allergies would be something I dealt with for the rest of my life.

But this year was different. As July approached I noticed that I wasn’t suffering with any of my usual symptoms. No itchy eyes or mouth, and no runny nose. I had been vegan for 4 months at this point and began to think, did veganism play a part in this? I began to research articles where people like me shared their stories on how their plant based diet stopped their seasonal allergies. There have been multiple studies that prove that a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can alleviate the affects of asthma and allergies. Eventually September rolled around and I noticed that my eyes were a bit more sensitive and watery (my allergies are usually heightened at this time), but nothing compared to the years before.

I’m not a scientist nor a dietitian, but by cutting down on eggs, meat, and dairy and increasing your intake of whole foods, can help you greatly. The foods you eat on a plant based diet are packed with vitamins which help build up a stronger immune system to fight these allergies.

My suggestion, during allergy season: cut down on the fatty foods and incorporate a more plant based diet into your life!

If you still don’t believe me, check out these articles that give you the science understanding behind this.

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/ask-the-doc-seasonal-allergies/

http://vegwire.com/go-vegan-for-allergy-season/221146/

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