Seasonal allergies, several of which occur during the summer, can be alleviated by eating certain foods.
Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, only occur during certain parts of the year — usually the spring or summer. They develop when the immune system overreacts to allergens, like plant pollen, ragweed, and birch. This causes lots of congestion, sneezing and itching.
Treatment with over-the-counter medicines can sometimes help reduce the agony. Also, consider implementing some lifestyle changes. For example, make changes to your daily diet. In fact, certain foods can actually help relieve symptoms like nose-dripping and eye-watering.
Certain foods can reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Here is a list of some foods that can get you through the allergy season in reasonably good shape.
Seasonal Allergies: Ginger
Many of the unpleasant allergy symptoms come from inflammation, like swelling and irritation in the nasal passages, eyes, and throat. Ginger reduces these symptoms naturally.
For thousands of years, ginger has been used as a natural remedy for a number of health problems, like nausea and joint pain. It also contains anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory compounds. Now, experts are exploring how these compounds may be useful for combating seasonal allergies. In a 2016 animal study, ginger suppressed the production of inflammatory proteins in the blood of mice, and reduced allergy symptoms.
Seasonal Allergies: Citrus Fruits
Eating foods high in vitamin C has been shown to decrease irritation of the upper respiratory tract caused by pollen.
Foods high in Vitamin C are oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, sweet peppers, and berries.
Tomatoes are another excellent source of vitamin C. One medium-size tomato contains about 26 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C.
In addition, tomatoes contain lycopene, another antioxidant compound that reduces inflammation. Lycopene is more easily absorbed in the body when it’s cooked, so eat canned or cooked tomatoes for an extra boost.
Seasonal Allergies: Salmon
Salmon and other oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen your immune system.
These fatty acids help decrease the narrowing of airways that occurs in asthma and some allergies. These benefits likely come from omega-3s’ anti-inflammatory properties.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults get 8 ounces of fish per week, especially low mercury “fatty” fish like salmon. Other similar types of fish you should add to your diet are mackerel, sardines, and tuna.
All of these foods will help you successfully navigate through the allergy season.