5 Foods for Natural Allergy Relief

Spring has sprung and for many people Spring brings along with it some very unpleasant friends: sneezing, watery/itchy eyes and stuffy nose. Do you suffer from these annoying symptoms come Springtime?

What are allergies really? 

Allergies are simply caused by an imbalance in the immune system, due to a more heightened response to stimuli in the environment.

Why does this happen?

When the body is out of balance, or dis-eased, the immune system is more likely to inappropriately respond to outside triggers like pollen, dander and dust. This response could be caused by a hormonal imbalance, a dysbiosis or bacterial imbalance in the gut, poor adrenal health or even food sensitivities.

The best way to get to the root cause of your seasonal allergies is to have some functional lab testing done to do some investigation on why your immune system is responding so inappropriately. For more information on how I can help you find answers to your health challenges click here. For some instant natural allergy relievers, read on!

5 Foods for Natural Allergy Relief

5 Foods for Natural Allergy Relief

  1. Raw Honey– For the most effective relief of pollen-related allergies, raw honey that is locally sourced is your best answer. Consuming raw honey that contains a good amount of local pollen content will help desensitize your immune reaction to the local pollen in your area.
  2. Fermented Foods– Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha are all high in beneficial bacteria that your gut needs for immune health. These happy bacteria control allergies by managing your immune response. You can also take a high quality probiotic like MBC by Systemic Formulas, found here.
  3. Nettle Leaf– Nettle leaf is an herb that actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. Drink it as a tea for preventative measures or to effectively treat a bout of nagging allergy symptoms.
  4. Garlic– Garlic is a natural antibiotic that protects against infections, viruses and even allergies. Eat a little bit of raw garlic daily to boost your immune system and ward off allergies naturally.
  5. Bioflavonoid-Rich Foods– Bioflavonoids are compounds that help to stabilize mast cells in the body that are responsible for producing histamine. Foods that are naturally high in bioflavonoids are citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine.

Some other non-food related ways to reduce allergies are to invest in a good quality air purifier to cleanse the air of allergens, take a shower at the end of the day to rinse off dirt, dust and allergens, sleep with a humidifier running to moisten the air and moisturize and reduce inflammation of the nasal mucosa and use a neti-pot to flush the nasal passages and wipe clean any pollens or other allergens that might be lurking.

What natural remedies have you found to help with allergy relief?

Photo adapted from: jfl1066 on Flickr          License: Creative Commons


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