Hay fever hits two times a year, in fall and spring. Seasonal allergy sufferers can be administered medications or allergy shots to provide relief. In addition, many allergists believe you can help manage symptoms through diet. Know what foods you should be eating and which ones to avoid, and gain the upper hand on hay fever this season. Omega-3s, in addition to being one of the heart healthiest nutrients on the planet, also helps decrease inflammation, great news for allergy sufferers. Most people who have allergies experience inflammation of the sinuses, nose, throat, and eyes. Omega-3s can help relieve inflammation in all such areas. Fatty fish such as salmon, lake trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and others are great sources. Remember to select fresh caught over farm-raised fish, to get the most omega-3s. There are vegetarian sources too such as flaxseed, canola oil, and walnuts. Avoid red meat, if you are a carnivore. Red meat contains arachidonic acid, which promotes inflammation. Limit the amount of red meat you eat overall, and always enjoy lean cuts. To control allergies, promote a diet that avoids overall acidity, as an acidic body is more prone to allergies, and other diseases.
Do you get enough sunlight each day? Experts recommend 10-15 minutes per day on your naked limbs. But in cold weather, this is not possible. Why not add more vitamin-D to your diet? This is a potent antioxidant that helps the immune system overcome allergies, among other things. Whole grains, egg yolks, leafy greens, and flaxseed oil all come with a generous helping of this vital nutrient. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables in general. Double down on vitamin-C, which works as a natural antihistamine. Citrus fruit, red bell peppers, and tomatoes are loaded with this king of disease fighting vitamins. Pineapple and papaya are great choices too. In addition to vitamin-C, these have anti-inflammatory properties. Use spices when cooking. Turmeric has been found to have amazing immune system boosting, and anti-inflammatory properties. Add it to stir fries, curries, roasted potatoes, even to tea. It tastes amazing and exotic in a cup of chai. Be sure to visit your doctor about your allergies, but keeping your diet in mind will benefit you immensely.