Plant based diet and allergies

Plant based diet and allergies

Published May 28, 2020, 1:39 p.m. by Jagdeep singh

Have you experienced an allergic reaction while on a vegan diet? How did it compared to not eating vegan? Have you noticed any difference?
 
Allergies have been increasing in prevalence in the general population over the past 20 years, the cause of which has been a subject of great debate. Let’s take a closer look at what science we have:
 
A paper published in the Journal of The American Medical Association in 1966 described how the removal of dairy products from the diets led to improvements in recurrent congestion and bronchitis. 
 
Researchers write:
 
“We have recently encountered four children whose predisposition to recurrent respiratory tract infections was relieved by the simple expedient of excluding cow’s milk and dairy products from their diets; each child had one parent with analogous if not identical symptoms, who likewise was completely cured when cow’s milk and dairy products were excluded from his or her diet. We think that this syndrome represents a relatively common problem, which is not usually recognized as such.”
 
Further studies analysed more directly the question of diet and allergies. A recent study on mice shows that a high-fiber diet created significant differences among gut bacteria, immune system cells, and allergic reactions to food compared to a low-fiber diet. 
 
Consuming lots of fiber keeps healthy bacteria in the gut happy, which helps keep the lining of the gut healthy, which in turn may lower the risk of allergic reactions. 
 
Allergic diseases are characterized by inflammation. Antioxidant compounds combat inflammation. 
 
Growing evidence shows that diets high in antioxidants (fruits, nuts, and vegetables) contribute in reducing symptoms of the allergic diseases of rhinitis, asthma, and eczema, as well as strengthen the immune system and improve overall health.
 
Most plant based doctors encourage patients to consume more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds; and eliminate animal products, especially dairy, in order to improve their allergic symptoms. Dairy is mucus forming and is known to promote inflammation throughout the body.