As more and more individuals are being affected by allergies this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about the many ways to reduce the uncomfortable itchy, sneezy, sniffly symptoms of allergies and figure out how to get some relief.
Although many people feel that they actually need to reach for a pill, there are a variety of ways to get allergy relief naturally.
My favorite motto is that food is medicine. I believe this is true in many ways, including for the relief of allergies. Many foods not only have antihistamine properties to help reduce the symptoms of allergies, but also have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce the irritation and discomfort brought on by inflammation of the sinuses.
By utilizing foods with these properties, we can get great relief by simply putting together the right meal.
Foods with antihistamine properties
Reach for red. Red onions and red apples contain quercetin, a natural antihistamine. Red peppers are vitamin C rich and also acts as a natural antihistamine. Top salads with capers, the smallest but most potent kick of quercectin, according to Livestrong.com.
Foods with anti-inflammatory properties
Salmon and other fish have a high dosage of omega-3s, which have been shown to greatly reduce inflammation.
Fruits and vegetables are great anti-inflammatory foods. Try blueberries and other berries, papaya, broccoli, and other leafy greens for an extra healthy dose.
Spices such as turmeric, garlic, and ginger, are potent anti-inflammatory foods that make great seasonings. Start your morning or end your dinner with a cup of green tea for another anti-inflammatory kick!
Avoid foods that promote an inflammatory response. Try to avoid spicy foods, as well as processed sugars and fats. This means staying away from sodas and processed meats. As with most cases, the more natural you eat, the better.
As allergy sufferers know, environment plays a huge role in discomfort. Since we can’t all move to a different city, or change the outside environment, it’s important to do what you can about the environments that you can control.
Cleanse your house.