When the pollen of trees, plants and grasses drifts through the air it will likely get into your nose and nasal passages. Some of us don’t notice at all, while others feel the irritating effects, which may include:
- Runny, stuffy and itchy nose
- Puffy and itchy red eyes
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Perpetual sneezing
- Itching in your ears
The severity and the reason as to why some of us are more sensitive than others varies. Unhealthy lifestyle habits – and to some degree, genetics – play a factor but so does the strength of your immune system. Strengthening your immune system is a great place to start and something that’s very much in your control. Here are 7 ways to bust your seasonal allergies, boost your immune system and dampen the inflammatory effects of histamines.
1) Eat some Pineapple
Pineapples are super refreshing in the summer. They’re also one of the highest sources of Bromelain, a digestive enzyme that has an effect on controlling inflammatory responses.
2) Load up on these two powerful antioxidants
- Vitamin C (found in many fruits and vegetables)
- Vitamin E (found in nuts, seeds, avocado and Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
3) Add some local raw honey to your tea
- This a simple and sweet way to help boost your immune system. There’s some evidence that local honey and the pollen that the bees interact with that ends up in your honey jar works as an antidote against the pollen in the air. Just make sure its local, and don’t overdue it. 🙂
4) Double up on Omega 3’s
- Sustainable sources of fish, flax and chia seeds, green leafy vegetable, pasture raised eggs and grass fed meat sources have the highest amounts. These healthy fats are anti-inflammatory and will help calm any allergy response.
5) Drink antioxidant rich tea
- I’d recommend 2 cups of green tea daily and a herbal tea called stinging nettle tea to end your day. Both these teas act directly on dampening histamine.
6) Eat quercetin rich foods more often
- Found in the onions, the skin of apples, dark berries, asparagus and the cabbage family of vegetables. This is one of the most powerful strategies to fight allergies – as long as you eat them often.
7) Consume more probiotic foods or supplement with a high quality probiotic
- The more good bacteria in your gut, the stronger your immune system will be. Read my old blog Turn your unhealthy gut into a healthy gut with these 6 foods for a list of probiotic rich foods.
***Please note that the above recommendations are for seasonal allergies and not for severe allergies that can cause anaphylactic shock. Seek medical attention immediately if your symptoms are severe.***
If none of these recommendations provide you any relief from your sensitivities or your intolerances, then its time to see a Holistic Nutritionist or a doctor who takes an integrative approach to health.