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Preventing Allergies Even Before Birth
By Dr. Alan Greene
 

Childhood asthma and a number of food allergies are frequently diagnosed during early childhood. Often the key events that determine these allergies, it is thought, occur even earlier—in the womb. During this marvelous nine-month period, you might increase your child’s chances of being allergy free by increasing your intake of foods

  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found, for example, in wild salmon or flaxseed
  • Containing antioxidants—fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

  • Containing cultures of beneficial bacteria (probiotics), as found in some yogurts
    And by decreasing your exposure to
  • Tobacco smoke

  • Peanuts
  • Acetaminophen

You might also reduce your child’s allergy risk by making a visit to a farmyard! Studies have found that the children of women who were exposed prenatally to the microbial compounds in a farming environment were protected against the development of immune system changes that led to sensitization and asthma.1
 
REFERENCES :
1.Ege, M., and others. “Prenatal Farm Exposure Is Related to the Expression of Receptors of the Innate Immunity and to Atopic Sensitization in School-Age Children.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2006, 117, pp. 817–823.
 

 

 
 
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