This time of year, the question on everyone’s lips is: What foods will help fight my allergies? You’re in luck, because in this post I’ve given you a list of foods that will truly help you during allergy season… just keep reading…
Spring makes people happy… unless you suffer from seasonal allergies. If your allergies keep you inside or make you uncomfortable when you are outside, then chances are you need to adjust your diet.
Yes, food is medicine. But did you know that food can be great allergy medicine? Here’s my challenge for you. Read the list below. Pick out as many of the foods as you feel comfortable with, and add them into your diet. Immediately. Like right now. These foods will all help you, but you will get the maximum benefit by getting them into your system as soon as possible. So, even if allergy season doesn’t start for another month, I want you to start adjusting your daily food plan now.
You really don’t have to suffer with itchy watery eyes, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, etc. Don’t accept this as a normal part of life. It’s not. And you don’t have to accept it.
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So, Really, What Foods Will Help Fight My Allergies?
1. Raw Honey And Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar are a power couple in the world of fighting allergies. Put about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the vinegar in the bottom of a big tea mug. Add about 1-Tbs of honey. Pour in boiling water and stir. This will help thin out and clear the mucus collecting in your body.
The raw honey exposes the body to trace amounts of pollen, thereby acting like an allergy shot. The vinegar kills bacteria. This is a powerful allergy-fighting tea.
2. Green Tea
Green tea contains an antioxidant compound that helps stop allergens from building up in your system. I recommend an organic sencha green tea. Sometimes teas that sit in bags in boxes can get old and lose some of their healing magic, so pick a good quality tea whenever possible.
3. Bone Broth
Bone broth heals your digestive system. It is filled with collagen and gelatin. Both of these substances, when slowly heated for an extended period of time, have been shown to actually heal your gut lining. When your gut is functioning optimally, your body can excrete any allergens that have built up in your system.
For more information about the benefits of bone broth, read about the 5 Reasons You Need To Add Bone Broth To Your Diet.
Pineapple is better than cough medicine. I’m taking about fresh pineapple juice — not a sugar-added commercial version. If you haven’t tried drinking pure pineapple juice when you have a cough… you’ve really been missing out because pineapple juice is the best cough suppressant around! This tropical fruit contains an enzyme extract called bromelain, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties that helps with a cough.
Ginger helps boost your immune system and remove phlegm. Raw ginger is a Chinese herb called Sheng Jiang.
This herb is especially good during cold weather months and also during seasonal changes. So, when winter is trying to turn into spring, and we (those of us on the east coast) get some of those cold, raw, damp days, ginger will make you feel better and will help boost your immune system. And, when summer is turning into fall, or fall is turning into winter, those are great times to add ginger into your diet, to prevent those winter colds and allergy symptoms that seem to pop up often.
Eating foods with ginger will help, but my favorite way to get more ginger into my system this time of year is with fresh ginger tea. Put a few cups of water in a small pot and add about 6 1/4-inch-thick slices of fresh ginger root. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, and drink while hot.
6. Spicy Foods
Many people get tremendous relief from allergy symptoms when they eat spicy foods. It makes sense when you think about it — often, we say that something was so spicy that it cleared our sinuses.
Hot peppers contain more vitamin C than any other vegetable and they are good at fighting off the common cold and relieving allergy symptoms. This isn’t the only benefit we get from hot peppers… The main component of hot peppers is capsaicin. Capsaicin actually works with your body and mind to make you feel happy. It’s also good for reducing swelling and can relieve arthritic joint pain. If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor before eating too many hot peppers because they can actually raise the blood pressure in some people.
Why Do I Even Have Allergies?
Seasonal allergies happen when your body tries to protect itself against something it perceives as a threat. The body’s natural response is to produce inflammation and histamine… and you start to sneeze, cough, and build up mucus.
So, when all of the pollen, mold, ragweed, etc. make an appearance, your body mistakenly thinks you need protection, and it produces these allergic reactions. Your body is really awesome when it comes to protecting itself. And, if you give your body the right weapons, it can win the fight much easier and faster.
But, now you can be armed and ready. If you’d like some recipes to fit these foods into your diet, just comment below and I’ll point you in the right direction.