5 foods to help reduce spring allergies

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Tired of pollen and other allergens that are keeping you from living your best life this spring? Suffering from allergies in the spring can be a nightmare. Not being able to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather can make one feel like a hostage. While there are a slew of OTC and prescription medications to reduce flare-ups, there are also a few foods that can naturally help with seasonal allergies.

Fish

“Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood have natural anti-inflammatory effects that boost the immune system. Eating six ounces of salmon, tuna or mackerel, twice a week, is just as effective as taking allergy meds. Dry skin and eczema, which are common during allergy season, can also be avoided with a diet rich in Omega-3.

Nuts

Nuts are another great source of omega-3’s, which help relieve allergy symptoms. They’re high in magnesium and vitamin E. Magnesium protects against the wheezing that accompanies asthma, and vitamin E boosts immunity while protecting the body from free radicals, which can cause tissue damage and inflammation.

Vitamin C

Studies show Vitamin C can build your tolerance against asthma and respiratory issues. Vitamin C is an immune system booster and natural antihistamine, which can help reduce swelling that may occur from allergens. Oranges, pineapples and other citrus fruits can provide vitamin C and eating them raw is the best way to absorb natural nutrients.

Local Honey

Many believe that taking small doses of local honey (not the processed ones in the grocery stores) early in the season may help you develop a tolerance of pollen in your area. If you suffer from allergies, it’s definitely worth a try.

Berries

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplements are believed to offer a safe and effective tolerable method of controlling seasonal allergy symptoms. Strawberries and blueberries are two of the berries that contain the highest amounts of antioxidants.



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