Dealing with Allergies [Infographic]

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Wow, has it really been over six weeks since the last post? Things have been more than a little crazy here in QV land. I’ve been busy with my Living the Plant-Based Life series and appearances on Focus on Albany — but never fear! I haven’t forgotten about the blog. Today I’m bringing it out of hibernation with an infographic from Blink Health.

Allergies are the result of an immune reaction to an otherwise benign substance. Whether it’s pollen from a field of ragweed or a protein in a food, the body mistakes it for an invader and launches an attack. This is different from an intolerance, which produces symptoms with no immune response, and can range from a runny nose to full-fledged anaphylaxis.

Instances of allergies, especially food allergies, are on the rise in the U.S., so the folks at Blink Health have put together a handy infographic with statistics and suggestions for management. There’s a lot of good info here, so take a look!

Click the thumbnail to view the full image.

blink health allergy infographic

I think it’s interesting to note the number of potential allergies that relate to animal products. For example, I didn’t know it was possible to be allergic to leather (apparently it’s because of the chemicals used to process it)! The best thing, in my opinion, is that allergies can be managed naturally with supplements like bromelain and quercetin. Remember to always consult with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplement regimen.

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She has been a member of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce since August 2017 and is a former member of Toastmasters International, from which she was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Dan  June 13, 2016

    I find pieces like this on allergies interesting.. I have hayfever what would you recommend for this? Please check out our blog too at

    • Sam  June 16, 2016

      I would recommend a combination of diet and natural antihistamines/anti-inflammatories. If you’d like some help designing a plan, we could set up a consult! 🙂


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