Welcome to our new column, NewTrition, written by Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman! We're debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food—and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love. Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and a private practice in Trenton, NJ. I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy!
(sigh) Springtime- the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, happy hour has never been happier, unless you’re like me sniffling and congested from seasonal allergies. I have never been diagnosed with an actual allergy, but as many of you may witness yourselves, a lot of the time you don’t need to get a thousand needle pricks (AH!) to tell you what’s making your eyes look like you are perpetually watching the end of ‘The Notebook.” While many of you, like myself, look to the pharmacy shelves to help us out, you’d be surprised to know how much our diet plays into many of our symptoms.
Being a mildly lactose-intolerant human, my mother basically made milk products look like the plague (think the mother from the Waterboy.) She was convinced any ailment I had GI-related or not had to do with dairy consumption. Although I was able to shake off a lot of that mentality, one thing did stick- when I am congested, should I eat any form of dairy (lactose heavy or not) my condition gets exceedingly worse. Many old-world medicinal practices support minimal consumption of dairy, claiming that it acts as an immune-blocker, so I looked a little deeper into the research surrounding this idea. Turns out, studies have found individuals with dairy sensitivities DO experience progression of congestive symptoms upon ingesting milk-products. So although my allergies are not directly related to milk products, with my sensitivities, it only makes things worse. Who woulda thunk it? Of course, my findings have only been validated in people with dairy woes like myself, but hey, you only know what works until you try it! The beauty is that we are our own test subjects- anyone else ever give this a go?
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