8 Allergy Soothing Foods
Spring has sprung people! The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming...and thus, my allergies are what the kids say "on fleek". Yep. Sucks. A giant jasmine hedge sits outside of my apartment and is currently bursting full of beautiful little white flowers, while releasing a gorgeous scent. It is really hard not to breathe it all in. So pretty, but so annoying.Being that I am 8 months pregnant, I don't want to take any allergy medications, so I turned to some all natural remedies found in my kitchen and they are working wonders to help minimize the affects of my seasonal allergies. Below are eight foods that have helped to lessen my runny nose and itchy eyes. I hope they can do the same for you.
Nettle Tea (made from dried stinging nettle leaf) is loaded with calcium and magnesium. Steep the dried leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes and sip slowly. The tea can help to decrease allergies by releasing histamine, so that when you come in contact with an allergen your body is depleted of the histamine and has a less intense response. It also opens up and relaxes your muscles, making your body more at ease.
Turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance. Research has shown that ingesting curcumin daily can have the same effect as taking an anti-inflammatory drug. Less inflammation means less of a reaction to allergens. Add turmeric to your rice, soups, salad dressings or make my soothing turmeric latte (see how HERE).
Kefir is loaded with probiotics, a bacteria that is good for your gut. Probiotics have been proven to lower levels of an immune substance known to fire up allergy symptoms when it reacts to pollen and can also aid in reducing inflammation in your bod. Start your day off with a small glass of kefir or take a shot post workout and thank me later. It's also a great source of protein. Double whammy!
Garlic is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there. Eat two cloves a day and this herb will boost your bod's immunity, ward off infections and viruses and will help to naturally fight off all types of allergies. Stay away vampires...and allergies.
Cabbage contains a flavonoid that is found in some foods called quercetin. Quercetin is thought to help reduce inflammation brought on by seasonal allergies by preventing the immune cells from producing and releasing those pesky little histamines that can make you tired, headachy and itchy. Make a salad with it or sprinkle a little cabbage on tacos. Ya, I said it!
Flaxseeds contain essential fatty acids called Omega-3's that can help to reduce seasonal allergies. These Omega-3's boost immunity and have anti-inflammatory properties that bring down the inflammation in your sinuses, a natural response to allergies. Flaxseeds also contain selenium, a mineral that can help reduce an allergic reaction. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of ground flaxseeds onto your oatmeal or salads and add them to your smoothies!
Lemons are alkaline in the body, meaning that they are not acidic. An alkaline body means better balance and better immunity ~ thus creating a harmonious state where it can be hard for anything negative to thrive, including allergies. Start your day off with a small glass of warm lemon water and/or drink lemon water throughout the day to detoxify the body, prep your gut for the day ahead and get rid of any impurities.
Oranges are jam packed with Vitamin C. This Vitamin C works on the severity of allergies by destroying the molecular structure of histamine, which in return decreases the amount of histamine in the blood....and there you have a natural antihistamine. Eat your oranges fresh as they lose their potency after being exposed to air, being processed or being stored for long periods of time. Fresh squeezed baby!
During allergy season it is also very important to drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and stretch your bod to help flush out your system.