No, this doesn’t mean you get to eat your way through allergy season. Using food to cure your allergies isn’t quite the same as turning to comfort food to temporarily alleviate your emotions. But new research shows that certain ingredients in some of our favorite foods can provide relief to the most annoying of allergy symptoms. If you’re tired of dealing with allergies and reaching for antihistamines or other prescription drugs, you may want to give this natural alternative a test run.
We all know that eating certain foods can have a direct impact on our health. Consuming fruits and vegetables isn’t just good for our bodies and skin - it can actually strengthen our immune system, respiratory system, and even improve our heart’s health. The same goes for food in connection with treating and alleviating our allergies. Particular food items have been found to work effectively against allergies by boosting our respiratory system and opening up clogged nasal passages. Still others are great at keeping sinus infections at bay and are even strong enough to tackle hay fever.
Do you suffer from asthma and other allergies that cause inflammation? Then you’ll want to make fish your best friend in your diet. Eating fish like albacore tuna, trout, salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines can reduce excessive inflammation by exposing your body to high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Not a fan of fish? Then you can still tackle your inflammation issues by taking fish oil pills or algae supplements. On a related note with seafood, throwing in more zinc can boost your body’s antibacterial and antiviral abilities to give you better immunity against common allergies. You can find great sources of zinc in oysters, crab, and shrimp. If you aren’t fond of seafood you can also turn to legumes, tofu, lean beef, and whole grains to get your daily fill of zinc.
For those suffering from upper respiratory infections, you’ll want to load up on nuts, which contain high levels of vitamin E and magnesium, both of which improve lung function. This can decrease your chances of wheezing and prevents inflammation. In antioxidant form vitamin E has the ability to eliminate free radicals, which can cause damage to the body’s tissues, resulting in inflammation.
Fruit lovers will want to consume more grapes, oranges, tomatoes, and apples. This group of fruit can provide loads of vitamin C to ward off asthma attacks, wheezing, and other common allergies like hay fever.
Including any or all of these foods into your daily eating regimen, according to what allergies you tend to suffer from, can help prevent allergies from occurring in the first place as well as help control any allergy outbreaks you may be currently suffering from.
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