Category Archives: Cold & Flu Prevention

Hay Fever Free

It’s hay fever season and how many times have you moaned (and sneezed) about that darn pollen! So why is it that your swollen eyelids and other allergic responses get worse every year but the amount of pollen remains constant? While pollen may be the trigger, it’s taking the bum rap for the underlying issue… Continue Reading

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  1. This is astounding. After suffering for the last few weeks with terrible classic hayfever symptoms..I’ve gone gluten free for twenty four hours and I am cured. No tablets, nasal spray or eye drops today and I’ve just been outside and I am cured. I know I must keep this up now. It is not even a choice.

  2. I lived for years with the most debilitating allergies until I experimented with a food exclusion for entirely different reasons. Six months later, I noticed I hadn’t had to take off work from not being able to stop sneezing or inability to see straight for I didn’t realize how long, my husband said how quiet it was around the house recently, and my boss noticed I hadn’t had a sneezing fit in a while as well. I was also able to go to visit my mom and have few ill effects in her shuttered, dark house filled with little furry animals.

    It was gluten the whole time. Two years later after going completely strict even off starches, I can occasionally sneak a cookie or two once a week so things don’t accumulate, but overall, I have to avoid gluten. I find that also keeping on top of my hydration and being wary of how much coffee to water I intake is vital. One small salad a day has also been made an automatic way of life for me now.

    After everything, my landlords, coworkers, friends and family are all suffering intensely this allergy season with terrible headaches, sinus issues, etc., and I feel that for the first time ever in my life, I’m the only one like them who dodged the bullet. It’s changed my life. Telling them to try this experiment themselves to see if it’ll help? That’s the true impossible task.

    • Sarah,
      Thanks for your testimonial and kudos for your good work.
      Oh, how we wish we could help everyone adapt the diet that serves them best! But then, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

      What we can do is set an example, appropriately offer relevant information and pray.

  3. Oh my I am so impressed with Rebecca Woods wisdom!! Why oh why do doctors not know these things.

    It has taken me 30 years of chronic hayfever & sinus issues to understand what is really going on. I now have almost no problems (unless I start drinking too many wines or eating wheat, sugar etc when the inflamation set in).

  4. Yes, yes, yes! One of the many curious side effects when I went gluten free was no hay fever or cat allergies. This was huge because the cottonwoods produce a lot of pollen around here. It was miserable. It seemed to feel better when we had to go dairy free, too, for my son.

    We can now indulge occasionally, but now we know what our body is saying via the inflammatory symptoms.

  5. Hi Rebecca,

    I am a big fan and have recently bought your book ‘Food Encyclopedia’ .

    kind regards,
    Sharmeen

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Cold Quell Tea

At the very first sign of a flu or cold here’s a recipe for beating it. Note it’s important to drink this tea within the first 24 hours of onset, for, as my acupuncturist Leslie Shanai, Lic.Ac. writes, “Once the disease has gotten a good foothold ginger tea will no longer be effective. It may… Continue Reading

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  1. Thanks for the tip it sounds great! I buy ginger and put it straight in the freezer. I find it very easy to grate this way into recipes or add to tea. The benefit for me is that it doesn’t spoil before I can use it. Is this method suitable for making the tea, or am I destroying the nutrients this way?

    • That’s a good question. I’m not as concerned about the loss of C and B Vitamins that happens with frozen veggies as much as I am concerned about the “thermal” properties of a food. In general, I don’t use frozen veggies as according to Chinese Medical theory freezing reduces their ability to warm you. But that’s a subtle point and I haven’t any science to back it up. Check my article on the thermal properties of food. If freezing your ginger works for you, continue to enjoy it that way. Or you might do an experiment and make two cups of tea using frozen ginger in one and unfrozen in another. See if you can detect any subtle differences between the two cups.

      I keep my ginger unwrapped in the fridge and it holds well.

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Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Inflamed tissues signal trouble and are a marker for pain and illness. Below is a listing of the top anti-inflammatory foods, along with common sense help to avoid chronic inflammation. But first, to better understand why some foods increase inflammation, let’s examine the nature of inflammation. Recall having a little scratch that became pink and… Continue Reading

3 Responses to Foods that Reduce Inflammation

  1. Very interested in recipes/meal plans that are anti-inflammatory. I have been diagnosed with system lupus and absolutely feel you are what you eat, certain food can result in worsened symptoms, especially if you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune illness. Look forward to your reply!

    • For my book with anti-inflammatory meal plans and recipes, see Clean and Free. Also 95% of my recipes and articles on this page are relevant to you. Yes, you can take charge of your health!

  2. Thank you for your offering this month about inflammation. I enjoy your monthly emails and your website very much.
    There seems to be a mounting body of evidence (by Michelle Schoffro Cook, Robert O. Young and others) that suggests an alkaline eating regime (i.e. eating foods that result in an alkaline rather than acidic bloodstream) eliminates the fundamental cause of most (if not all) dis-ease, i.e. inflammation. I’d be grateful to hear your thoughts in a future newsletter or web post, if you can find the time, on this body of knowledge.

    Best wishes!

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