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Diet to help you fight symptoms of skin allergies

Adopt these guidelines manage your allergies: From consuming at least two tablespoons of flaxseeds daily to practising stress relaxation techniques or meditating.

fitness Updated: Feb 14, 2019 15:32 IST
Anjali Mukerjee
Anjali Mukerjee
Hindustan Times
It is important to remember that what you eat reflects on your skin. People who are prone to allergies must look carefully at their intake of foods such as berries. (Unsplash)
It is important to remember that what you eat reflects on your skin. People who are prone to allergies must look carefully at their intake of foods such as berries. (Unsplash)
         

Skin allergies are common and are characterised by red skin rashes or bumps. Some are caused by allergens induced by exposure to foods, medications, and insect stings, but the large majority of cases are not specific to any cause. Adopt these guidelines to fight symptoms and manage your allergies.

1. Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which act as barriers to harmful things, as the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out, and for waste products to get in and out of the cell. The best-known essential fatty acids are omega-3 and omega-6, which must be in balance for good health (and good skin). Though we all seem to get enough omega-6, most of us lack omega-3s. Some good sources are fish, walnut, and flaxseed oil. Consume at least two tablespoons of flaxseeds daily. You could sprinkle it on your salad after roasting it.

2. Vitamin C has been shown to decrease production of histamine, reducing immediate allergy potential. Vitamin C helps relieve allergic symptoms and prevent inflammatory reactions by providing an anti-histamine-like effect.

Reduced stress equals better skin. Meditating every day can help keep skin allergies away (Unsplash)
Reduced stress equals better skin. Meditating every day can help keep skin allergies away (Unsplash)

3. As tension and stress usually make allergies worse, practice stress relaxation techniques or meditate.

4. People who are prone to allergies must look carefully at their intake of foods such as berries, raisins, prunes, nuts, seeds, shellfish, soybean and gluten. The right detoxification programme and correction of any liver problems can be extremely helpful for such individuals.

5. It is important to remember that what you eat reflects on your skin. Your skin requires the right kind of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. When we improve our diet, these nutrients take time to reach the skin.

6. So, once you bring about the required alterations in your diet or go on a restricted elimination diet, don’t expect a miracle. In addition to the diet and vitamins, you may need your physician’s help, to check if you have any severe infection or a specific allergy.

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First Published: Feb 14, 2019 15:32 IST