Thursday, 20 June 2013

Allergy Fighting Foods


Just a quick blog to point out some allergy fighting foods. Many people suffer from allergies, like hay fever, which can interfere with their daily lifestyle. With the sun coming out and pollen in the air many people find themselves sneezing, coughing and getting itchy watery eyes. Although you can take some kind of hay fever medication first you can also look at how some foods can help with many allergies too. 





I have listed some foods below that contain anti-histamine, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help build your immune system and fight the allergies that can make life difficult. The antioxidants in some of these foods also help by neutralising harmful free radicals in the body. Most of these foods contain quercetin, which inhibits the release of histamine.

  • Beetroot - have as a juice.
  • Berries – great to have as a snack, as a smoothie or even toppings on your breakfast.
  • Tumeric - mix with honey and lemon and add some warm water.
  • Citrus fruits - fruit juices or can have fresh whole oranges.
  • Ginger – add to meals and soups.
  • Garlic – add to your foods, currys and stir fry.
  • Onions – soups and salads.
  • Mango – make into a smoothie, or simply have fresh.
  • Walnuts – great quick snack, toppings for breakfast, on yoghurts.
  • Yoghurt - have as a snack or for breakfast with some fruit and honey.
  • Spinach – in meals, sandwiches or salads.
  • Nettle – can have as a tea or capsules.
  • Spices – add spices to your foods, the added kick will clear your nasal passage.

Other tips:
  • Put a bit of Vaseline at the tip your nostrils, it will act as a pollen trap.
  • Wear sunglasses to keep pollen away from your eyes.
  • Clear soups, like ginger, chicken soup, help to clear the nasal passage and thin any mucus in the throat.
  • Drinking warm fluids, tea, soups and broths will heal ease the symptoms of many allergies. 
Have a try and see if they make a difference and don’t forget to let me know if you get any results.

A H Nutritionist
20th June 2013