Food for allergies
Many people think about food avoidance when thinking of allergies, but there are actually foods which can help take you through your allergy season, no matter when that is.
As seasons change, sniffing, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and scratchy throats can slow you down. While over-the-counter and even prescription drugs help, a few tweaks in the diet can support good health while your body endures a pounding by environmental allergens.
An overactive immune system
For people who live with allergies, the immune system overreacts and attacks usually harmless agents like proteins or pollens. The body releases histamine in order to protect you, but instead, they cause the common symptoms of allergies. The best way to avoid an attack is to avoid the allergen but that’s not always possible or even desirable. There are a number of drugs and home remedies which can help mitigate the allergic response.
Food can help!
Adding some foods – and avoiding others – may actually affect your likelihood of developing seasonal allergies as well as influencing the severity of an allergy attack.
- Apples: Apples are a source of vitamin C. “Apples also contain something called quercitin, mostly in the skin of the apple. So if you peel them, you are not going to get as much,” explained Dr. Richard Rosenthal, allergy specialist. Quercitin is an antioxidant good for lung function. It prevents mast cells from releasing loads of histamine which cause the allergic reaction.
- Tomatoes and onions: These also contain high levels of quercitin.
- Fish: Especially fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and sardines. Flaxseed as well contains tons of omega-3 fatty acid and can be sprinkled on salads or added to oatmeal. Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties and lowers the risk of developing allergies in the first place.
- Red grapes:These contain resveratrol which is an antioxidant found in the skin. This has an anti-inflammatory with powers to reduce allergy symptoms.
- Warm liquids: Chicken broth and green or rosehip tea are excellent choices. The additional fluids will help thin mucous. Green tea may inhibit the enzyme that converts histidine to histamine.
Source: Heal with Food, Huffpost