It’s no secret that, for many, spring can be quite the pain. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. So yes, the snow is melting, the temps are warming, and summer is on its way, but spring also brings with it itching, sneezing, and watery eyes for those who struggle with allergies. Prescriptions drugs or over-the-counter meds help, but can be quite expensive. The average cost of treatment can range anywhere from $3-$3,000 depending on the frequency and treatment method.
Food, when prepared and used safely, can provide many benefits. One of those benefits is that certain foods can help reduce allergy symptoms. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you go out and find rare, exotic, or strange foods. These are things you can find at any local grocery store and, as we roll into spring, should consider stalking in your fridge:
Aside from being just a fabulous, crown-wearing fruit, pineapples are a great source of Bromelain. This enzyme is used to reduce inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses.
Foods Rich in Probiotics:
Yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and the popular fermented tea drink, Kombucha, are all excellent sources of probiotics. These foods produce healthy bacteria which can help with a number of ailments. You could not only get help with your allergies, but also strengthen your immune system and have healthier skin too!
Local Raw Honey:
A spoon full of honey helps your allergies subside (we hope you sang that in your head to the Mary Poppins song). Get ready to have your mind blown: raw honey will help relieve watery eyes, congestion, and pretty much most allergy symptoms because it contains the very pollen your allergies stem from!
Vitamin C works as a natural antihistamine and, luckily, there are a lot of different foods that contain high amounts of it. Since our bodies don’t naturally produce or store vitamin C, it’s important that we get it from other sources. Here’s a surprise though, strawberries, sweet yellow peppers, parsley, broccoli, and kale all have more vitamin C than oranges!
Food safety is more than reporting on the latest foodborne illness outbreaks. It’s important to recognize all the ways food can impact our lives.