Tis the season of stuffy noses and watery eyes and where the “darling buds of May” (okay, early April) will cause sneezing. This spring has turned out to be one of the worst pollen seasons ever. How do I know? Because I usually don’t suffer from allergies, and yet I am one of the walking dead allergy sufferers this season.
So what can someone do besides just medicate the symptoms? Feed them. I don’t know how much following this list will actually do, but I’m willing to try. I summarized the information from 7 Foods That Fight Springtime Allergies:
Mediterranean Diet: I love all the foods in this diet: fish, grapes, fruits, veggies and nuts, so this shouldn’t be too difficult. I read that children from Crete who consumed the diet full of grapes, oranges, apples and fresh tomatoes decreased rates of allergies.
Apples: “Apples, especially their peels, are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that has natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.” So really an apple a day could be could be a prescription. Other allergy fighting foods: citrus fruits, onions, red wine (yea!) and dark berries.
Wheat Bran, Soybeans, Dark chocolate and cashews are all rich in magnesium which acts as a bronchodilator and aids in lung functions with antihistamine effects.
Hot Tea: Basically it is the hot steam that does the trick for the nasal passages.
Spicy Foods: Another element that will- as we already know- clear out those nasal passages. Breaks up and relieves congestion.
Salmon: Really looking at the Omega 3’s here which has anti-inflammatory properties and is supposed to boost the immune system.
Vitamin D: the article actually list milk which with a stuffy nose, dairy isn’t always a great thing. A few minutes of sunshine (with sunscreen) will do the trick.
There are also more homeopathic remedies as well: Apple Cider Vinegar, saline rinse, local honey, nettle leaf, etc.
I’m sure the lists are endless for foods and allergy relief, and it depends on the severity of the allergies you suffer from. Some have year-long severe allergies which need more than a food list to treat. May you win your battle with allergies and eat some good food along the way. And Bless you or Gesundheit!