Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies Come Early This Year

When the trees bud and the grasses sprout, you may start sneezing and reaching for a box of tissues.  Foods can tame seasonal allergies by decreasing sneezing and making breathing a whole lot easier.  When allergens such as pollen, grasses, dust mites, or molds find their way into your nose, your body goes into attack mode if it is hypersensitive or allergic.  

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Immune cells release histamines, the chemicals responsible for most of your allergy symptoms.  These in turn kick-start inflammation that is intended to keep the allergens from traveling into your body.  The inflammation makes sinuses and nasal passages swell and eyes itch.  Histamines also stimulate the nasal passages to release fluids, resulting in a runny nose and itchy throat.  Histamines also cause sneezing which is another attempt to send the allergens packing.  Many of the foods that may help reduce allergies work by reducing inflammation or calming the immune system.



Foods to the Rescue to Fight Allergies

  • Salmon– Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel should be your 1st line of dietary defense against allergies.  They contain generous amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which help to minimize inflammation which is a direct cause of most allergy symptoms.
  • Vitamin E Rich Foods– Sweet potatoes, leafy greens, wheat germ,  and almonds are all examples that contain vitamin E. This vitamin in one of the most powerful antioxidants known and can help reduce inflammation that causes hay fever symptoms.
  • Herbs– Oregano, lemon balm, rosemary, sage, and marjoram all contain rosmarinic oil in their leaves which has an anti-inflammatory effect that can reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  • Garlic & Onions– They support immune system with their rich store of antioxidants. Other good sources are apples, berries, red grapes, and black tea.
  • Organic Yogurt with Live Cultures– This stimulates the body to produce white blood cells and antibodies as well as various growth factors that are important for keeping the body from over-reacting to allergens. However, dairy products can be mucous producing so eat in small amounts.

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