Food For Thought: Experts’ Allergy-Reducing Tips

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Dr. Collins' Allergy Reducing Tips

With the change in seasons, comes those all too familiar dreaded allergies. The temperatures are getting warmer, the days are longer and we are already seeing buds on the trees – all coming together to make for “The Perfect Allergy Season.”

No worries! The Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team has asked Dr. Jennifer Collins, MD and Assistant Professor and physician specializing in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) since September 2009, to share some healthy, allergy-reducing tips to help curb your allergies this season. With her tips, you can help reduce your misery from allergies and hopefully avoid getting a common cold as well.

Dr. Jennifer Collins’ Allergy-Reducing Tips:

1. Eat Your Super Veggies!

Super veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and bok-choy, are in the family of cruciferous vegetables. Along with being delicious, these vegetables are packed with vitamins, fiber and phytochemicals, naturally occurring compounds in fruits and vegetables that stimulate the production of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are important in the body to help neutralize inflammation and compounds known as free radicals. Sulforaphane, an important phytochemical found in broccoli, stimulates our body’s production of antioxidants in the airways. This may play an important role in helping protect us against diesel fumes, pollution, and tobacco smoke. A 2009 study from the University of California’s School of Medicine published in The Journal of Clinical Immunology found that subjects ingesting 200 grams of broccoli sprouts had a 101% increase in multiple types of antioxidants in their airways. A diet rich in these vegetables may help protect your airways from airborne pollution.

2. Eat More Avocados!

This fruit does more than just make a perfect guacamole; it is also the best fruit source for Vitamin E. Working as an immune booster, Vitamin E is also an antioxidant which helps reduce inflammatory reactions caused by allergies.

3. Get Some Sun!

Low levels of Vitamin D may be related to poorly controlled asthma and increased need for oral corticosteroids. A 2012 study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine done on 1024 children showed that supplementation with vitamin D may actually improve lung function. How can you make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D? Get at least an hour of sun every day and have several servings of dairy (milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese) every day. Worried you’re not getting enough? Talk to your doctor to get your levels checked and to see if you need a vitamin.

Despite eating properly, lots of people with allergies need medicine to control symptoms. Seek out a local allergist/immunologist to get a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Not only is suffering through allergies a pain, but another problem you may find yourself tackling during the warmer seasons are spring and summer colds. If you do feel a common cold coming on once the temperatures start to rise, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release Zinc ions in your mouth that are absorbed by your upper respiratory system. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*

If you know of any helpful allergy-reducing tips, make sure you share this information with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page.

* Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, several scientific studies suggest zinc ions inhibit the common cold virus’ ability to replicate.