Ah yes, allergy season is here, and if you happen to be someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, you know all too well how miserable they can be. I’m pretty sure we could do without the sneezing, runny nose, itchy & watery eyes, and scratchy throat. It seems as though the market for seasonal allergy related drugs is not going away anytime soon, as allergy symptom-relieving products can be quite effective. With that being said, they don’t always work.
But, did you know that there’s more you can do to fight your seasonal allergies? It’s more than just popping a pill, or squirting (ew) medication up that nose of yours. What you are eating is actually playing a role in how mild (or severe) your allergies actually are. That’s right, there are certain foods that worsen allergies. You see, our bodies are oh so complex, but can sometimes confuse the different proteins in food with pollen exacerbating our seasonal allergy symptoms.
There are three basic types of seasonal allergies.
Types of Allergies
(Typically pollinates from late winter through early spring). In some areas of the world, some weeds will also pollinate in the springtime.
- Common sources: Alder, Ash, Aspen, Beech, Birch, Box elder, Cedar, Cottonwood, Cypress, Elm, Hickory, Juniper, Maple, Mountain Elder, Mulberry, Oak, Olive, Palm, Pecan, Pine, Poplar, Sycamore, Walnut, Willow
- Food to avoid: Almonds, Apples, Apricot, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Coriander, Fennel, Hazelnuts, Kiwi, Lychee, Nectarine, Orange, Parsley, Parsnip, Peaches, Pears, Pepper, Persimmon, Plums, Potato, Prune, Soy, and Wheat.
(Typically pollinates late spring through early summer).
- Common sources: Bermuda, Johnson, Kentucky Blue Grass, Orchard, Redtop, Rye, Sweet Vernal, Timothy.
- Food to avoid: Celery, Melons, Peaches, Oranges, and Tomatoes
(Typically pollinates from late summer through early fall) ragweed, sagebrush, tumbleweed (Russian thistle),
- Common sources: Burning Bush, Cocklebur, Lamb’s Quarter, Pigweed, Plantain, Ragweed, Red Sorrel, Russian Thistle, Sagebrush, Mugwort, Scales, and Tumbleweeds.
- Food to avoid: Banana, Camomille, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Celery, Coriander, Cucumber, Fennel, Honeydew, Parsley, Pepper, Sunflower, Watermelon, and Zucchini
How to Determine You Type of Seasonal Allergies
An easy way to answer this question without any sort of formal test would be to take a look at when your symptoms are present. Do your symptoms seem to arrive early on in the spring? Well, you most likely suffer from Tree Allergies. Do you suffer at the end of spring and right at the beginning of summer? Well, you most likely have grass allergies. And if your allergies don’t kick in until the end of summer and into Fall, you probably have weed allergies. It’s also possible to suffer from more than one type of seasonal allergy.
What should you eat to help your allergy symptoms?
Just as there are foods that worsen allergies , there are certain foods that can help to alleviate symptoms. Eating foods that have anti-inflammatory properties are important to help ease allergies symptoms, as well as staying hydrated to flush your body of the histamine released as a result of your allergies. Try some of the foods below:
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
- Red Wine
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
Comment below! Oh and don’t forget to like & share the post!