Allergy is a very common problem of the changing season. I remember some ten years back, I used to have a severe allergic reaction with the onset of winter. With sniffles and multiple sneezes right after waking up, it used to get me really sick when the temperatures would drop down.
However, there are certain foods that can ease your allergy symptoms, increase your immunity against germs and protect you from seasonal allergies.
We have put together a list of 10 foods and drinks that will fight allergy symptoms and help you feel better.
Murray Grossan, MD, ENT doctor at Los Angeles says that “Tea, especially green tea, with or without caffeine, is very good for people with allergies”. Tea has natural antihistamines and polyphenols that act as antioxidants to help reduce inflammation. Drink a cup of freshly brewed green tea while still steaming as the heat and steam from the tea will open up your nasal passages and soothe allergic symptoms.
Vegetable soup with carrots, onions, and tomatoes
A warm bowl of freshly prepared vegetable soup is the perfect medicine for allergy. These veggies are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that prevents the release of histamine, a chemical that triggers an allergic reaction. The steam from the soup will also open up your nasal passages.
Spinach and kale are considered the most effective natural food to ease symptoms of respiratory allergy. These are rich in Vitamins A, C, K, and E that has anti-inflammatory properties and fights allergy. Add them to salads, stir-fry dishes, soups, wraps, and omelets.
Oranges, berries, and kiwis
These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and are packed with antioxidants. It helps to cut down the histamine that acts as a catalyst to an allergic response.
This fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain. This controls irritation in allergic diseases namely asthma.
Yogurt and probiotics
These foods have healthy bacteria in them that help to strengthen the immune system and ward off symptoms of allergy. Have a bowl of yogurt after lunch or dinner daily.
Walnuts and salmon
Both these contain omega-3 fatty acids that help to fight inflammation. Besides salmon, tuna and mackerel are also good options. But if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, have walnuts. Omega-3 strengthens the immune system and keeps allergy at bay.
If you have an allergy from pollens, make sure to have a teaspoon of honey in the morning to build tolerance against this type of allergy.
Garlic has high quercetin content, an antioxidant that prevents cells from releasing histamine and alleviates allergic reactions. Have a clove of freshly peeled raw garlic in the morning. It works wonders for people suffering from allergy. You can also add it to your rice, stews, soups and cooked meals.
This Indian spice has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic properties. It is excellent for fight allergies and other associated symptoms.