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Stop Springtime Allergies Simply by Eating
As if having springtime allergies wasn’t bad enough, every allergy season seems to get worse and worse thanks to climate change. When the ever-increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have nowhere to go, they provide us with warmer temperatures, which can lead to earlier springs and, thus, longer than ever allergy seasons.
If you suffer from allergies every spring, this can be very unwelcome news. There is good news, however. Natural allergy relief is just a snack or meal away. Studies show that foods rich in folic acid and vitamin C reduce the inflammation that comes with allergic reactions. There are studies that have shown that consuming some foods and herbs work just as well as some of the expensive anti-histamines that are on the market.
It’s estimated by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that about 1 out of every 5 people has some type of allergy or asthma symptoms. This means there are about 40 million Americas who suffer from environmental allergies.
Although there is no cure for allergies, getting relief from your allergy symptoms begins with a healthy diet.
Keep reading and discover which foods fight allergies best so that you can include more of them in your diet.
1. Garlic and Onions
Quercetin is like a secret weapon that you can use to help fight allergies. It acts very much like an antihistamine, and both garlic and onions are loaded with quercetin. Garlic strengthens the immune system and makes your body more resistant to both the cold germ and allergens, according to The University of Maryland. Try to eat plenty of these every day to help stop allergies before they start.
Apples are another gift from Mother Nature that is loaded with quercetin, which has those anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. One study published in 2006 in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology; found that the polyphenols in apples suppressed the release of histamine by reducing auricular swelling and alleviating skin inflammation in studies done with mice. In short, this means that apples were effective in alleviating the symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis. So follow that old adage and eat that apple every single day (an organic apple, of course!)
Elderberries are often heralded as a natural means of treating the flu, but did you know that they also have immune strengthening powers that can provide natural allergy relief? No matter how you want to consume it- elderberry wine, jam, syrup, or juice, this tiny fruit will give you plenty of the beneficial flavonoids that will reduce inflammation and allergy symptoms.
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