With the hardships of winter behind us, many of us welcome the warm embrace of spring but it also comes with its own challenges. A lot of us experiences several issues like constant sneezing, allergies, a runny nose and or watery eyes. While these can just simply be annoying at times, they can be disruptive in our daily activities and can potentially last for months at a time.
These symptoms are caused by allergens that gain access to our bodies and trigger the immune system, which sees them as invaders and seeks to combat them. Histamines will be released in the bloodstream to combat them and this is what causes the unpleasant effects.
Knowing this, we are going to look at foods that have been shown to help alleviate the effects of these allergies.
Fruits, Vegetables, Immunity-boosting foods and Probiotics
Foods rich in antioxidants are known to help reduce the symptoms of allergies. It has been noted on kids suffering from asthma that their effects have been lowered when they consumed eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, and green beans.
In order to clear a stuffy nose, foods which are rich in the quercetin antioxidant are recommended. Quercetin can be found in garlic, apples, onions, red grapes, berries, cabbage, cauliflower and black tea.
The C and E vitamins help reduce the swelling the airways and as such, spinach, broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes are recommended for this.
Probiotics help improve gut health and keep the immune cells strong and active. Yogurts with kefir and live bacteria should be the best choice for this.
Foods with high quantities of magnesium and vitamin E, like beans, avocados, bananas, nuts and fish, can help improve the strength of your immune system and will reduce the chance of getting hay fever.
What to avoid
You will mainly want to avoid foods and drinks that are high in histamine levels. In this category, we include alcoholic beverages, dairy products that increase mucus levels, like aged cheese and milk.
Foods that release histamines, like hot sauce, hot peppers and cayenne, should also be avoided.
Besides these, you need to avoid fermented and pickled foods, shellfish, smoked or processed meats, and foods that have artificial colors introduced in them.