Allergies can come out in full force thanks to an array of environmental factors like pollen, dust and insect bites. However your diet could also be causing you to feel that itchy throat, blocked nose and keep you sneezing away.

Specifically, dairy causes phlegm. One of the most striking correlations founded in classical medical texts is the strong link made between dairy consumption and what Chinese medicine practitioners call 'phlegm'. Furthermore, dairy foods were never encouraged in an Asian cuisine due to the ancient findings of phlegm production when dairy products were consumed.

Phlegm or dairy allergy symptoms in adults is associated with sinus congestion, sneezing and headaches and can also affect the lungs which can manifest into more serious health issues like asthma or bronchitis.

Foods to avoid with allergies

Foods to avoid with allergies

Dampness or phlegm is a by-product of eating foods that clog the free-flowing energy inside your body. To prevent the build up of allergies and phlegm, avoid common everyday foods like cheese, yogurt, white flour and refined sugar. What’s more, dampness causes stagnation which creates blockages in the body causing it to break down resulting in pain and disease. Signs of accumulated dampness and dairy sensitivity symptoms in adults include mucus in the nose or lungs, digestive problems such as loose stools and constipation, excess weight and swollen joints. Some common diseases associated with dampness include chronic allergies and arthritis. 

Symptoms of dairy intolerance

Cutting back on dairy would definitely help symptoms associated with allergies. It's a trial and error scenario. Try eliminating or reducing dairy consumption making a note of symptoms and how your mind and body generally feels overall during this process.​

Watch out for the following bodily signs to find out whether you have an intolernace to dairy and are developing more serious allergies:  

- Fatigue, sluggishness, body heaviness
- Excess weight, struggling to loose weight
- Cysts
- Tumors
- Yeast infections
- Bloating/Gas
- Unclear thinking
- Sinus infections
- Cloudy urine
- Foul smelling stools
- Thick tongue coating​

Foods that help with allergies

Dampness is difficult to treat once it accumulates so it’s important to eat in a way that prevents dampness from forming in the first place. How do we choose foods that prevent phlegm and dampness, facilitate good digestion and allows free flowing energy? This is simpler than you think! The best natural ingredients and foods that can be found in any grocery store form the foundation of the healthy 'Chinese medicine diet’ and can help you fight off allergies. 

You've probably been told to stick to a very plain diet of dry toast when you're under the weather – but you can still have a filling meal including delicious foods that actually fend off allergies and still retain the positives that dairy provides.

Vegetables are good for allergies

1. Colourful vegetables prevent phlegm build up

Vegetables play a major role in draining dampness and are packed with living-giving nutrition. Ensure to include a variety of vegetables, filled with colour. 

Plain rice helps with allergies

2. Rice is super hypoallergenic

Yes, rice! It’s a balanced food which is easily digested. Most allergy-suffering patients have always been advised to eat rice as it’s the number 1 hypoallergenic food to help with symptoms. White or brown rice is great to prevent allergies and phlegm depending on which one digests more easily with you. White rice tends to be more 'cleansing' and brown rice is considered to be more 'nourishing'. Rice is a clean burning food in Traditional Chinese Medicine which gently drains dampness. 

Beans and lentils help with allergies

3. Proteins like beans absorb dampness

Small quantities of animal protein should be kept to a minimum as they are 'building' foods. They're normally a little difficult to digest, but beans can be eaten often as they absorb dampness and provide fibre and protein. 

Warm food and soups and stews help with allergies

4. Go for warming foods

You will never find raw, cold food as part of a Chinese medicine diet. This includes chilled food, iced drinks and frozen foods. Cold, raw foods are culprits in the formation of dampness because it is difficult for your body to process them. Instead, opt for nourishing warm foods like stews or broth.

Check out 11 reasons you should be making a delicious and healthy bone broth here.

Leafy greens help with allergies

5. Get your calcium intake with nuts and vegetables

Worried about your calcium intake with having to cut back on dairy? No need to worry. Foods such as almonds, leafy greens, broccoli and even salmon are high in calcium and other minerals that are equally important for strong bones. 

In the end, if you feel a tickle in your throat, a build up of phlegm or have problems in the bathroom, you might have an intolerance to dairy. However, you can still reap the health benefits of dairy without consuming it thanks to the ingredients and products found in the Chinese Medicine Diet.

Read next:

The Pros & Cons of having Dairy

How to ease Bloating, Gas & Flatulence

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