Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spring Allergies? Eat Your Way to Better Health

Spring allergies getting you down?  If you could use a little relief from the sneezing, itchy throat, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, headaches and other unpleasant symptoms of springtime allergies, load up on foods high in antioxidants and flavonoids as they help battle inflammation in your body and helps control symptoms of allergies.

Some examples of foods/drinks that help to control allergy symptoms include:

~ Hot tea - hot tea contains natural antihistamines (any hot tea is good but green tea is even better as it has higher levels of antioxidants)
~ Frozen fruits & vegetables - fresh fruits & vegetables may have small amounts of pesticides that may aggravate allergy symptoms
~ Fish - fish with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel and sardines help to lower airway inflammation
~ Organic berries, grapes, citrus, yellow onions, kale, black beans,  - contain high amounts of flavonoids and produce natural antihistamines

If you are sensitive to tree and grass pollen you may want to avoid apples, peaches, cherries, potatoes and carrots as they may contain cross-allergens that will cause your immune system to work overtime.  It may also be a good idea to limit sugar and foods containing stimulants like coffee and alcohol. Avoid spicy foods and foods with high salt content, avoid stress, drink plenty of water and get lots of rest.


  1. Thank you for sharing! I'm going to pull out the green tea and drink some of that. I'd nearly forgotten about it.

  2. @Roxanne, you're welcome. Yes, grab the green tea as soon as possible and drink as much as you can stand. Feel better soon! :>)

  3. informative post.. am surprised to read that fresh fruits vegetables worsen allergies..
    Thanks for sharing! you are a very knowledgeable person :)

  4. @Uma, thanks. :>) I know, it seems strange that some fresh fruits and veggies can worsen allergy symptoms. The way I understand it, a food allergy called OAS (oral allergy syndrome) can cause cross-reactions in some adults who suffer from hay fever when they come in contact with certain fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. OAS can occur at any time but it seems to flair up more during pollen season.

  5. I've been bless not to have any allergies in my life time, but for those who do the symptoms of seasonal allergies usually occur during specific times of the year. Spring-probable allergens, tree pollens and mold. Summer-grass, weed pollens, and mold. Late Summer-ragweed, weed pollens, and mold. Thanks for the info. that so many of us don't have. My the blessings of life be always upon you Lynn.

  6. @Frederick, you're welcome and THANKS for the blessings and additional info! So many people suffer from allergies--even more so this year as the pollen counts have been unusually high. So far I haven't been effected but I've seen the suffering first-hand and I thought this post would be helpful.


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