If you think allergies are just a spring and summer problem, then unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Many allergy sufferers can equally be a bad time for itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and plugged ears. This year in particular, many allergy sufferers are finding their allergies are not only worse but lingering for longer. You can blame climate change on this. If you haven’t noticed it seems that the warmer weather has stuck around for longer which increases carbon dioxide which allows for allergy-producing plants to live longer and making pollen more potent.
The good news is that your diet can play an important role in either improving or worsening your allergies. Make a grocery list of the following foods as they can go a long way in offering you relief from your lasting allergies.
Broccoli: Broccoli contains two powerful components that can curb your allergies. Studies have shown that the components in broccoli can help clear sinuses. Not a fan of broccoli? The same components in broccoli can be found in other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage or cauliflower.
Kale: Kale is another member of the cruciferous family, which means it contains the same components to help clear sinuses. With its high amounts of vitamins, kale is a great allergy-fighter.
Collard greens: Collard greens contain phytochemicals that can ease allergies.
Garlic and onions: Garlic and onions contain a natural antihistamine as they help reduce inflammation. Because the components in onions and garlic aren’t well absorbed by the body, you may need to also supplement with these components as well for more severe allergies.
Pumpkins: ‘Tis the season for pumpkins, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding them. Pumpkins are packed with allergy-fighting carotenoids. But this doesn’t mean you can eat all the pumpkin pie you want. It’s best to eat the vegetable itself, so get creative.
Carrots: Carrots are also packed with carotenoids that can offer relief from nasty ragweed allergies. They also contain other essential vitamins that can ease allergy symptoms.
Stinging nettle: This herb is a natural anti-inflammatory that contains histamine, which can help your body build up a tolerance. It’s important to note that long-term use of stinging nettle isn’t advised, as it can lower potassium levels, but occasional use is okay.
Anti-allergy soup: With many of the ingredients we mentioned, you can actually make the ultimate anti-allergy soup. Starting with a chicken stock, you can add in carrots, celery, kale, and garlic and onions to receive all the benefits these allergy-fighting foods have to offer. With colder weather upon us, you will definitely feel better cozying up with this soup.