How Changing Your Diet May Improve Seasonal Allergies
Are you drained from sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and congestion during Spring time? If so, you may truly benefit from this article. Spring is a time of beauty and rebirth but can be so ugly for allergy suffers. Thankfully, there are natural and simple ways to reduce allergy symptoms through your diet. Did you know that bee pollen pellets and honey would improve allergy symptoms? They both contain pollen, how could this help allergies and not make them worse? Surprisingly, there are many food alternatives that can be added or removed from your diet for allergy relief which include: tropical fruits, onions, salt, and spices.
Let's talk bees
Who would have thought that those little insects could be the answer to our allergenic misery? How could something that causes our allergy symptoms produce something that eases the symptoms? Rumor has it, local honey and bee pollen significantly reduce allergy symptoms if taken daily throughout the year. I know first hand this works! Many people each year suffer from very bad seasonal allergies. Research shows that bee pollen pellets work for allergies so it is recommended to take a teaspoon every single day. Symptoms may go away if consumed daily, our bodies will develop a natural immunity to the effects of seasonal allergies.
Did you know you can add a variety of different foods to your diet to help ease the annoying, itchy, watery symptoms of allergies?
Food vs. allergies
Try adding beans, vegetables, fish, and whole grains to your daily diet! These specific food groups reduce inflammation resulting in less respiratory allergies, including asthma.
In addition to these foods, add more tropical fruits and onions to your diet regime. Tropical fruits are high in Vitamin C and Bromelain: bromelain is a chemical that reduces the symptoms of asthma. Onions are not only yummy, but they contain quercetin. Quercetin is also a natural chemical that helps the body fight against your reaction to histamine.
Tea - Drink more Green Tea! Try swapping your morning coffee with green tea instead. Boil water and add your tea, let it seep for 5 minutes. You can even add some honey and almond milk to sweeten it up a bit! Green tea contains natural anti-histamines that are proven to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
Implementing spices into your meals may also help! A variety of people have found relief in adding cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, and ginger to their favorite dishes or tea. These spices help break down mucus build up in turn clearing sinus congestion.
We all know pineapple is super tasty and very good for us, but did you know it can aid in allergy symptoms also? Pineapple is rich in nutrients and enzymes which reduce inflammation. The pineapple’s core has the largest amount of nutrients, so don’t neglect it! Try blending it in a smoothie so all the amazing benefits can be obtained.
It’s important to have a diet rich in probiotics as probiotics boost immune system, increase energy levels, and improve digestion. Probiotic-Rich foods include: sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. Kombucha is one of my favorites! Kombucha is becoming more popular now and can be found at your local Publix shopping centers. It has a vinegary taste, but many are infused with fresh fruits, like berries, to sweeten it.
Life is about balance, right? There are many foods we can add to our diet to reduce allergy symptoms, but there are also some foods we should avoid. It’s said that many people have found relief in limiting mucus producing foods such as gluten and dairy products along with bread and alcohol. All of these can increase inflammation which will trigger a mucus build up.
If you’re body is already dealing with the stress of battling allergens, then alcohol will only be an added stress. Beer, wine, and liquor all contain histamines that are produced during the fermentation process by the yeast and bacteria. As we all know, histamine is what sets off allergy symptoms!
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The bottom line
We can’t avoid allergies, but we can reduce their symptoms with natural defense mechanisms. Eat probiotic-rich foods, tropical fruits, vegetables, and spices! Swap your morning coffee for green tea or kombucha instead and avoid mucus causing foods like dairy, bread, and alcohol. Try adding bee pollen or honey to your daily routine so build an immunity to histamines, naturally.