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Anti-Allergy Foods

Q: I read your column about how antihistamines medications like Benadryl could dry my brain [search “Antihistamine Alternatives” on]. Not good! But I get seasonal runny nose and itchy eyes, and it seems these symptoms are getting worse every year. How can I break this cycle without harmful drugs?

—Tammy Lynn E., Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Almost all “allergies” present their annoying symptoms through the body’s immune-stimulating histamine. Histamine resides mostly in the basophils and mast cells (types of white blood cells), but also works in the stomach to help release gastric acid. It’s an important neurotransmitter for

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