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5 Foods to Help with Spring Allergies

The snow is melting, temperatures 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.

It’s no secret that spring can be quite the pain. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Prescriptions drugs or over-the-counter meds help, but can be quite expensive.

Certain foods can actually help reduce allergy symptoms. These are things you can find at any local grocery store, and spring comes along, you should consider stalking in your fridge.

 

Pineapple

Aside from being delicious, 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 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!

 

Raw Honey

A spoon full of honey can help your allergies. 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

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. But surprisingly, strawberries, sweet yellow peppers, parsley, broccoli, and kale all have more vitamin C than oranges.

 

Want to learn more about food allergies? Check out our Allergen Awareness training.

Why is Food Safety So Important?

We’ve all heard someone complain of a stomach ache or nausea and claim it was something they ate, or read headlines and news stories about the latest food illness outbreak.

Food poisoning, or reactions stemming from foodborne illnesses, have become so common it’s hardly alarming anymore. In fact, each year, 48 million Americans suffer from a foodborne illness.

Salmonella, E. coli, and Norovirus are just a few of the pathogens that can cause sickness if food isn’t properly produced, stored, transported, and prepared.

Food safety is important from the ground to the table and everything in between. We often overlook the dangers of food illness in food production, but we have to create a food safety culture where food illness isn’t normalized.

Beyond preventing illness, food safety also saves you time and money. Often, the proper food safety practices are more efficient and lead to less food wasted.

Long story short, proper food safety is good for business—with fewer sick people, less food wasted, and more money saved.

Learn more about food safety by taking our Food Handler, Allergen Awareness, and Food Protection Manager courses.