It’s allergy season and for many that can mean itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, shortness of breath, and asthma. Even the though the symptoms are temporary, making some simple changes to your diet could help reduce those nasty symptoms and having you feeling great.
Try some tea - Green tea, with or without caffeine, contains natural antihistamines, which fights histamines, a chemical that your body releases during allergic reactions.
Skip the spice - Spicy foods create histamine and adds to the histamine produced by seasonal allergies. When your allergy symptoms are acting up, skip the spicy foods.
Go Mediterranean - This diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and olive oil, with less meat and is reported to reduce the symptoms associated with allergies and asthma.
Go for the probiotics - Yogurt and other sources of probiotics are friendly bacteria and contain lactobacillus or bifidobacterium - similar to bacteria found in your digestive tract. Probiotics, which you can get from yogurt, miso, fermented milk, and dietary supplements, can help regulate your immune system and may reduce allergy symptoms.
Lose Weight - Researchers have found that being obese may actually worsen asthma. A recent study compiling 15 earlier studies on weight loss and asthma found that, in all of them, researchers observed some asthma improvement after subjects lost weight.
Skip the salt - Studies have found that eating a diet higher in salt may be associated with more severe asthma. eating a low-salt diet can improve lung function, decrease symptoms, and reduce the need for medications in people with asthma.
Add antioxidants - Foods rich in antioxidants help build the body’s immune system. That means you are better able to fight off infections and help your body function at it’s peak. So, add in things like blueberries, nuts, grapes, leaf green veggies, and sweet potatoes.Up the Omega-3s - Some research indicates that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful for reducing asthma symptoms. You can get more omega-3s in your diet by eating fatty fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel, and albacore tuna.