Diet can affect inflammation and mucous production. Diets high in fruits and vegetables provide the vitamins and bioflavonoids that reduce allergy symptoms. Diets high in EFAs and low in animal products (such as dairy foods and meat) will decrease inflammation. (Animal products are high in AA and lead to an increase in inflammatory eicosanoids.) In addition, members of the nightshade family—such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers—may also be pro-inflammatory in some individuals. Clinical observation suggests avoidance of mucous-forming foods, such as dairy foods, bananas, and citrus fruits, can be beneficial, although that line of thought is controversial. Food allergies should also be considered when modifying the diet to decrease apneic episodes. Many individuals have latent food allergies that increase the inflammatory response and cause additional overall stress on the body. Many forms of testing are readily available to measure immunoglobulin IgE and IgG antibodies to common foods.
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