Thursday, April 22, 2010
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.