Eat Local to Reduce Allergies and Asthma
There’s good news for those looking to reduce allergies and asthma.
According to a study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy, consuming milk from local farms vs. store-bought was shown to reduce IgE allergy levels and asthma in rural and suburban children. Pollen, horse dander, and some food allergies were a few of the allergens tested.
Researchers discussed the possibility of increased bacterial count or varieties as being the reason for the decreased allergen response or the increase in healthy omega-3 fats from exclusively grass-fed cows fed on pasture grass but failed to find the cause. The milk was either raw or ‘boiled’ at home (low temperature pasteurization).
This study and many similar studies confirm what many of us in the real food movement have seen in our own experiences.
Food heals. Local food heals better.
Check out how some other foods hold up to the challenge:
- Raw honey and allergies at Mark’s Daily Apple
- The ‘hygiene hypothesis’ in relation to allergies Certain soil-based organisms are very important to our gut health and are showing up in many commercial probiotics. Science is still in the early stages of learning what bacteria are normally found in a healthy gut, so best to get them where they’re naturally found (in the dirt).
Lightly rinse local, organic vegetables before eating for full benefits. For those with gut bacteria imbalances, also take a commercial grade probiotic to help balance out any new bacteria coming in.
- Nutrients in veggies can reduce allergies as mentioned here and here and many other places. Local, organic vegetables contain more nutrients than store-bought.
5 Easy Ways to Eat More Local Foods
- Visit a local farmers’ market. You can consult the almighty Google to find one in your area.
- Find a source for local and organic eggs and meat (100% grass-fed for ruminants like cows).
- Find a local source for raw milk (again 100% grass-fed).
- Find a neighbor or friend of a friend who has a garden and see if they’ll sell or trade some produce. By the end of the season, gardeners are usually giving away their bounty by the bucketful.
- Grow your own! Anybody with a pot and a spot of sun can at least grow some herbs. If I can do it, anyone can.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.