Springtime brings so much beauty, and yet, for many of us, so much pain! Plants release pollen, and often this causes us to release antibodies and histamine into the bloodstream, which are the main agents of allergic reactions like sore throat, watery / itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Not fun. But before you wash down another allergy pill, take a stroll through the produce section of your grocery store for these anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, probiotic, and antioxidant rich foods. While none of these foods are meant to replace medication prescribed by your doctor, they may help you sneeze and suffer less throughout spring!
Key word: local –Local honey comes in handy because it contains trace amounts of the pollen that your body is responding to. A tablespoon (or two) can help reduce your symptoms over time.
Red onions are an excellent source of quercetin – a flavanoid that is present in many foods. Some research suggests that quercetin acts as a natural antihistamine, reducing the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
This natural antibiotic doesn’t just ward off infections and viruses, it can also help relieve allergies. If eaten raw, garlic can fight all types of allergies by boosting your immune system.
These little immune boosting fruits can be used for various conditions, including allergies. Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, they serve best squeezed in water and consumed throughout the day.
Some studies have found that the main component in turmeric (curcumin) alleviated common allergy symptoms like sneezing and congestion. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can aid in coughing and sinusitis.
Hope these are helpful! If you have any remedies you'd like to share, let us know in the comments below! Also, there are even more 'allergy fighting' foods you can find in our NEW AZ HEALTHY FOODS section. So, check it out and see what others you might enjoy adding to your grocery list!