For some seasonal allergies sufferers, springtime might be welcome after a long winter, but the red, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and other delightful allergy symptoms aren’t. With a sigh, you might resign yourself to these unpleasant symptoms or head to the drugstore to buy antihistamines.
There are other ways you can help make being outside more pleasant, so before you pop an antihistamine, try eating some of these foods to help calm your allergies.
Vitamin C to the Rescue
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine which you can find in many different foods including:
• bell peppers
• Brussels sprouts
Quercetin is a flavonoid that has been shown to help with inflammation and allergies. You can find quercetin in onions, apples, citrus fruits, tea, grapes, dark berries, tomatoes, olive oil, parsley, and garlic. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic.
Fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, can help with your allergies. Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, ground flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds also contain omega-3s.
Baked salmon with a kale salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, chopped walnuts, and a lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing is a great meal to help calm seasonal allergies.
It’s important to avoid foods you are sensitive or allergic to in general, but especially when you’re dealing with seasonal allergies. Eating them can make your allergies worse since your body is already trying to deal with the allergies the change in season brings.
Drinking two or three cups of green tea per day can help because the antioxidant compound EGCG in green tea can halt an immune response to allergens. Just one more good reason to drink green tea.
Try a Neti Pot
Aside from food, a neti pot can help with your allergies. If you haven’t used one before, you’re missing out. It can seem a little weird at first, but it really does help clean out your sinuses. It looks like a little tea pot, and you can buy them along with little packets of salt. Fill the pot with lukewarm water (I like to boil my water first and let it cool before pouring it into the neti pot), and then add the salt. Bend over a sink and tilt your head slightly to the side. Put the end of the spout to one nostril and pour. The water will flow out of the other nostril. You might want to open your mouth slightly while you do this. Stop when half the water is gone. Then do the same thing with the other nostril. Blow your nose afterward.
Eating more of these foods that can help with seasonal allergies, avoiding foods you’re sensitive or allergic to, and using a neti pot can help make this spring easier for allergy sufferers. Give them a try if you’re tired of coughing, sneezing, and itching, and want a more natural way to deal with the change of season.