Healthy Food Alternatives for the Fish Allergic

Fish

Fish allergy suffers are not doomed to suffer from lack of omega-3 fatty
acids or be deprived of any other nutrient for that matter. Any food
allergy is serious. We need food. It’s not like being allergic to a cat or
a dog.

Fish oil is the main source of beneficial omega-3 in both consumed food
and supplements. This is not an option for humans with allergies to fish
and/or seafood.

Aggravating an allergy to seafood can even be fatal. A complete lack of
omega-3 fatty acids is highly undesirable. High levels of omega-6 and low
levels of omega-3 may tend to increase a broad range of health risks. Some
grave.

A one to one ( 1:1 ) ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is optimum. Western diets
can cause undesirable ratios as high as 15:1 or more. Obviously the fish
allergic person on a typical urban western diet could benefit from
bringing this ratio down without eating seafood.

It makes sense to approach the issue from multiple angles. Decreasing
omega-6 intake will improve that ratio without increasing omega-3. The
terse and brief instruction is to stop eating heavily processed food and
avoid as much as possible mass produced agricultural products buying local
and fresh whenever possible.

Organically raised meat, eggs, poultry are potentially less taxing
regarding raising omega-6 levels. Also, wild game. Venison is widely
available in many places.

Omega-3 enhanced eggs are available at most grocery stores. Free range
fresh eggs are also good.

Switching from mass produced corn fed heavily medicated animals to grass
fed for beef alone can be significant. Especially if liver or other organ
meats are consumed.

For those who don’t eat meat, flax seed and other sources contain high
levels of ALA omega-3, a small amount of which will be converted to the
critical form of omega-3. There are also aglae sourced vegan omega-3
supplements that might benefit all fish allergic people regardless of
diet.

Whole foods over processed food and eliminating grains might help. The
technical reasons for this are beyond the scope of this article, basically
even though grains offer nutrients they also have phytates and gluten
neither of which are beneficial to allergy sufferers.

Fish and seafood allergy sufferers need not be deprived. Supplements,
fresh over packaged, local organic over mass produced, avoid grains as
much as possible, if not sensitive to eggs buy omega-3 enhanced or free
range organic.

About the Author: E. Fortie writes for the Mediterranean diet plan blog to help people learn how to eat healthy
to lose weight and prevent diseass.

How to Avoid Winter Allergies

winter allergies

When you think about allergies, you may mistakenly believe that seasonal allergies only occur in the spring and fall. In fact, allergies can occur at any time of the year, and there are some types of allergies that will occur more frequently during the winter months.

Types of Winter Allergies
As the weather turns colder, you begin to rely on your furnace to heat your home. When your furnace begins working, it sends mold spores, dust, and particles from dead insects into the air you breathe. Since you spend more time indoors in the winter, if you are allergic to any of these things, you may notice allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, and coughing. Many people mistakenly believe they have a cold, when in reality they are having an allergic reaction.

If you have indoor pets, you may also have allergic reactions to the protein that is found in the animal’s skin and saliva. Often, pet allergies are worse during the winter months due to the amount of time both you and your pet spend indoors. They are also more difficult to detect if allergies are a common occurrence for you.

Some individuals may also discover that they suffer from cold urticaria during the colder months. Urticaria is also known as hives. The rash is usually red, bumpy, and itchy and can also cause swelling. Cold urticaria is the development of these hives upon exposure to the cold.

How to Avoid These Allergies
If you suffer from allergies, there are some steps you can take to avoid living with a runny nose and watery eyes.

1. Regularly inspect your home. Check your shower and shower curtain, sinks, carpeting, and wallpaper for signs of mold. Anything in your home with mold on it should be replaced or thoroughly cleaned with a bleach solution.

2. Wash your bedding at least once a week to remove allergens from your bed.

3. Do not allow your pet to sleep in your bedroom, and give it baths regularly to wash away the protein found in the dead skin.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in your home. This will help control dust mites and mold spores.

Allergy Treatment
Although there are steps you can take to avoid allergy attacks, sometimes you can’t avoid the cause of the allergy. However, there are some treatment options that are available to you.

For airborne allergens that cannot be avoided, many people turn to antihistamines to offer some relief. Antihistamines are available as a nasal spray or an oral medication. There are many different types available, and finding one that will work for you may require trying a few different medications.

If medications are not effective for keeping allergy symptoms under control, you may also consider allergy shots. These consist of a series of injection where you are injected with a small amount of the substance you are allergic to. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of individuals find some relief through allergy shots.

Although winter allergies can be just as problematic as allergies that occur in the spring and fall, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Once you know what you are allergic to, you have several different methods of avoidance and treatment that may be beneficial to you.
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How to Eat Gluten Free Without Going Broke

Many people find that they get a lot of relief from their allergy symptoms and other health problems by going gluten free. However, actually doing it is easier said than done. Not only that but if you price the cost of the gluten free products you find at the grocery story you will usually notice that they are at least double if not triple the cost. So how do you eat gluten free without going broke?

Here are some ways that I have found to eat gluten free and still have money left for your other expenses.

1. Eat only fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. While this is not the most practical, it is the most obvious way to eat only gluten free.

2. Read the labels of everything that is not listen in number one and avoid eating anything that says it has gluten in it.

3. Many of the companies who make gluten free food offer coupons and discounted offers on their website. Check these out before purchasing any gluten free food.

4. Attend the gluten free expo that is held in many large cities in the U.S. each year. There you can find recipe books and get a lot of ideas and sample gluten free food for free.

5. Consider raw cooking. Raw cooking is naturally gluten free and there are cooks, cookbooks and other places where you can learn about it.

6. Explore gluten free blogs and magazines. One really great one is the magazine Living Without.

What other ideas do you have about how to eat gluten free without going broke?

A Guide to the Gluten Free Lifestyle

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