Spring has arrived if you’re among the 58 million Americans with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), you may already be wishing it was over. Hundreds of species of plants release their pollen into the air each spring, but a relatively small number are responsible for the itching, sneezing and watery eyes associated with hay fever.
Most of the pollens that cause allergic reactions are from trees, weeds and grasses. These produce small, light and dry pollen grains that travel long distances by the wind. While Ragweed is the most common allergen, mountain cedar, maple, elm, mulberry, pecan, oak, walnut and willow trees are close behind.
Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies that help protect you from unwanted invaders and infection. But, when you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that incorrectly identify a substance as a threat and attack it. In turn, this allergic response causes excessive inflammation in the body.
The key to lasting relief is boosting your immune system. Choose organic foods and locally grown veggies rich in antioxidants and high in omega 3 essential fatty acids. Eliminate processed foods and avoid inflammation causing foods, drinks and toxins. And, foster an enhanced immune system by reducing stress and tending to your emotional well-being.
Immune Boosting and Inflammation Reducing Strategies for Reducing Allergies:
Fatty Fish: Salmon, lake trout, herring, sardines and tuna, contain the most omega-3 fatty acids and therefore the most beneficial in lowering the inflammation associated with allergies.
Fermented Food and Drinks: The probiotics in fermented foods calm an overactive immune system to reduce allergies. Apple cider vinegar, miso, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha tea are great sources.
Broccoli: High in Vitamin C, broccoli decreases inflammation and helps reduce the release of the histamines that cause allergies.
Kale and Carrots: Both are high in beta carotene, which helps relieve allergy symptoms by decreasing inflammation and strengthening the immune system.
Fruits: Apples, berries, red grapes, oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes prevent histamine release making them natural antihistamines.
Celery: Celery is full of Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory compounds such as the bioflavonoid luteolin, making it an asset in fighting allergies.
Onions and Garlic: Onions and garlic contain quercetin, a plant flavonoid that can reduce the inflammatory response and act like an antihistamine.
Supplements: Helpful supplements include Omega 3, Vitamin C, Bromelain, Quercetin, Licorice, Ginkgo Biloba, Reishi Muschroom, and Probiotics.
Herbal Medicine: The herbs traditionally used for treating allergies include Butterbur, Stinging Nettle, Elderflowers, Red Sage and Ground Ivy.
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