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Fight Fall Allergies With Food

The transition from summer to fall brings the kids back to school, colder weather, and shorter days. Unfortunately, it also brings fall allergies, which are usually attributed to ragweed (which starts to release pollen in late August) or mold (which flourishes in the humid summer heat). Luckily, seasonal allergies only trigger relatively minor reactions within the immune systems, including sneezing, coughing, itchy throat, and nasal congestion. Aside from antihistamines or decongestants, you can relieve your allergy symptoms with these foods.

Because cauliflower contains quercetin, it helps to relieve allergy symptoms. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine, meaning it works to prevent the immune system cells from releasing histamines.

Celery is a smart and healthy snack as it is low in calories, high in fiber, and full of vitamin C. And  thanks to its non-starch polysaccharides, which protect the body against inflammation and overblown histamine reactions, celery is also great at fighting allergies.

Collard Greens
Collard greens are chock-full of carotenoids, which are considered as a way to stop the rise in histamines. A study with mice revealed that a higher carotenoid intake prevented the development of certain food allergies and reduced the severity of some seasonal allergic reactions.

Fatty Fish
Sardines, salmon and tuna are considered fatty fish because they contain omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3s, namely DHA and EPA, have been found to suppress allergic reactions. While you can take supplements, omega-3s are more effective when consumed naturally.

Incorporating fresh garlic into your diet may strengthen your immune system, thus, making your body more resistant to allergic reactions. Not too fond of the fresh garlic flavor? Try roasting a head of garlic for a delicious, subdued flavor.

Green Tea
When brewed correctly, green tea not only soothes your throat, but can alleviate your allergy symptoms thanks to the antihistamines within it.

Vitamin C is a powerful antihistamine, and oranges are a great source of it. You can take a vitamin C supplement, but eating an orange is not only more delicious, but much more effective, too.

Pumpkin Seeds
Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of magnesium which helps to soothe your airways in the lungs. Research shows that animals with low levels of magnesium released more symptom-causing histamines when presented with certain allergens.

Another gret source of omega-3s is walnuts. A handful of walnuts is equivalent to a 3.5oz portion of salmon in terms of omega-3 content. Added bonus – walnuts also contain ALA chains, which are another type of omega-3 fatty acid only found in plant oils.

Yogurt contains probiotics which not only help with gut health, but help to curb allergic reactions to pollen. Bacteria introduced by these live cultures also decrease the body’s response to irritants and help to better regulate the immune system.

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