For those individuals suffering from seasonal allergies, over-the-counter antihistamines or prescription medications are often needed for relief. A more natural way to reduce symptoms may be to include certain foods into your diet. The right kinds of nutrition can influence your immune system and work to relieve allergy symptoms.
Allergens cause inflammation, which is an early response from our immune systems. Eating with an anti-inflammatory approach can help relieve inflammation and control your body’s response to allergens like pollen, mold, and dust. Foods high in the antioxidant, vitamin C, reduce inflammation. Include foods like oranges, strawberries and watermelon into your diet. Eating apples can also help improve your allergy symptoms, so make sure to eat their skin which contains the powerful compound quercetin. Furthermore, increase your consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids by eating more fish, flaxseeds and nuts. These healthy fats will protect your heart as work to cool inflammation caused by allergies.
Feeling congested? Spice things up and try natural decongestants like horseradish, fennel, wasabi and sage to break up mucus clear out nasal passageways. During allergy season, it may be beneficial to limit your dairy intake which can increase mucus production due to the milk protein casein. Avoid the drying effects of decongestants and stay hydrated by drinking tea. Green, white, and black teas contain flavonoids to fight inflammation and boost your immune system.
Remember, an anti-inflammatory diet has many health benefits. Eaten on a regular basis, it can help reduce miserable allergy symptoms and for the long-term, help you to “Feel Better and Live Longer!”
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC- Algoma