The most common pollen allergies stem from grass and deciduous trees like birch trees. Symptoms include red, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing and runny noses.
Ida Hultberg, 17, has been suffering from a pollen allergy for years. But recently, she and her mother, Karin, became aware of the connection between pollen and citric acid. And then they discovered something that had unexpectedly positive consequences for their allergies.
After searching on the Internet, Karin realized that citric acid isn’t natural, but it is extracted from a black mold belonging to the same family as the mold in houses.
For this reason, the mother-daughter duo decided to remove food containing citric acid from their diet.
“That was when we realized how much food contains citric acid, or as it is often referred to: E330, E331, E332, E333, E380, E1505, or citric acid,” says Karin. “It’s naturally in jam and juice, so citric acid is often used in recipes for making juice.” But it’s also in yogurt, soft drinks, biscuits, cakes, ice cream, candy, chips, prepared foods, etc. I had no idea,” Karin Hultgren told a Swedish weekly newspaper.
Pretty soon Ida began to notice significant changes.
“Suddenly, I no longer needed to take my eye drops and I also soon forgot my nasal spray. But I didn’t need them anyway,” says Ida.
The idea of not consuming citric acid in order to mitigate or avoid allergies has received much attention in recent years and it was first noticed by Swede Irene Hultqvist, whose son’s allergies improved when he cut the substance from his diet.
“More and more people are testing this and losing their allergy symptoms and eczema. But science is not interested—there is no proof. Still, people’s experience is helping it spread,” Irene said in an interview.
Looking for additional ways to alleviate your allergies during pollen season? Consider these:
* Sweep your bedroom at night or in the early morning when the pollen is low
* Don’t hang laundry outdoors to dry
* Exercise outdoors in the morning while the dew is holding pollen down or avoid exercising outdoors altogether
* Avoid moving the lawn or cut grass while it is still wet with dew
* Rinse pollen from your hair before going to bed
* Don’t bring plants containing pollen indoors
* Avoid contact with pets that have been out and have gotten pollen in their fur
* Close windows during the day
* Change clothes after you’ve been outdoors
* Follow pollen forecasts to be prepared for high levels of pollen in the air
Do you have friends or acquaintances who suffer from severe pollen allergies? Share this article with them so they can also find out how cutting foods containing citric acid can help with allergies.
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