Spring has sprung, and with that so have the sniffles, sneezes and annoying itches! Did you know that, while there is currently no substitute for allergy medications, your diet can help you ease these symptoms? Take the bull by the horns this Spring, and help your body fight those blossoming side effects.
One of the most powerful tools to combat Springtime allergic reactions comes from the supermarket. Certain nutrients have been associated with reducing the effects of Spring allergies. Choose the right foods, and you may be able to reduce your allergic response. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the allergic reactions. Put your tissues down, and try these anti-allergy, nutrient rich foods.
Top six allergy busting foods
1. Quercetin is a flavonoid (pant compound that acts as an antioxidant) found in some
foods and is believed to help reduce the inflammation associated with allergies. The thought is that it prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, or an allergic response. Foods rich in quercetin are apples, onions, broccoli and tea.
2. Vitamin C has been known to help subside allergy symptoms by decreasing the impact of hystamines. Foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi fruit and re capsicum.
3. Omega-3 fatty acid consumption has been associated with reduced rates of hay fever in Japan, and has generally been associated with easing allergic symptoms. Foods rich in
omega-3 fatty acids are oily fish and walnuts.
4. Probiotics assist in maintaining a healthy gut bacterial balance. Research has identified that having healthy gut bacteria has a positive impact on how your body reacts to allergens, such as the Spring particles flying through the air. Try a product like Yakult, or similar with live cultures, and sauerkraut and kimchi are good for your gut bacteria too.
5. Garlic research has demonstrated that garlic might help decrease allergic reactions by blocking the production of the chemicals that cause these allergic reactions. Garlic also as been shown to improve overall immune function.
6. Anti inflammatory foods. Your immune system attacks anything in your body that it recognises as foreign, including plant pollen. This attacking mechanism results in inflammation. You can fight inflammation with a nutritious diet, and foods that have anti inflammatory elements. These include tomatoes, blueberries, walnuts, olive oil, leafy greens and oily fish.
So give these a go, and see if your symptoms improve. Enjoy!