Spring and fall bring an onslaught of pollens. Since pollens are airborne, it’s virtually impossible to avoid them. Even if you stay holed up inside, a waft of pollen can blow in every time you open a window or door. If you have pets, pollen can coat their fur and transfer to you when you pet them.
There are a number of measures you can take inside your home, such as installing HEPA filters, replacing carpet with hard wood floors, and washing bedding frequently. Still, none of these allergy-reducing measures is foolproof.
If you find yourselves suffering from allergy symptoms in spite of your best efforts, there are a number of foods you can eat that may help mitigate your symptoms. They include:
- Broccoli – This cruciferous vegetable is known to be effective in relieving sinuses that have been blocked due to allergies. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals.
- Carrots – These crunchy veggies are rich in beta-carotene and carotenoid. They have a high content of important nutrients and vitamins that may provide relief for many allergy symptoms.
- Celery – This prime source of vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to reducing inflammation brought on by allergies, celery can alleviate chronic pain and lower blood pressure.
- Kale – Kale is a superfood that is high in nutrients, including Vitamin A, that are associated with allergy relief.
- Pumpkins – One big advantage of pumpkin is that it is chock full of carotenoids which lend bright colors to many vegetables and fruits. Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that provide protection against many illnesses. Pumpkin may be included in both sweet and savory dishes and may help relieve allergy symptoms.
These foods will not cure your allergies, but they may help take the edge off of your symptoms. If you have ongoing problems with seasonal allergies, contact your physician about allergy testing and treatment. Physicians can prescribe allergy immunotherapy through allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy drops.