Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
At this time of year many are suffering from the woes of seasonal allergies. Runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, seasonal allergies, sometimes known as “hay fever” are the body’s reaction to being exposed to pollen released into the atmosphere by fungi, grasses, trees, and other plants as they begin to regrow after the long winter. While not life threatening, these symptoms can vary in severity and can be very bothersome. Dissatisfied by traditional, over the counter anti-histamines and wary of their side effects, consumers are now looking for natural solutions for this annual issue. Join us as we explore natural remedies for seasonal allergy relief and the health benefits these ingredients can provide year-round.
Naturally rich in in vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants, citrus such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit are an effective way to boost immune response, preventing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Citrus fruits are simple to incorporate into the everyday diet as the tangy, juicy, and vibrant flavor compliments many different recipes from sauces to salad dressings, proteins and warm beverages. As opposed to a ready to drink product like orange juice or lemonade, fresh juice and is much more effective in to the immune system, and consuming the fruit is more effective than just drinking the juice.
Honey is considered a superfood and has a number of well-known health benefits and uses. Allergy relief can be added to the list as many believe that consuming daily doses of local honey helps to decrease the symptoms of hay fever. It is thought by some that when a person eats local honey, they are thought to be ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may become less sensitive to this pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms. Although not scientifically proven, honey also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to boost the overall immune system and effectively prevent other aliments like the colds. Try incorporating honey into teas, marinades, mixed with yogurt, or paired with fruit for a boost of sweetness and immunity.
Leafy green vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, and spring onions are rich in a component called Quercetin, a bioflavonoid which moderates histamine production and release. Quercetin is thought to reduce irritation of the airways and act as a natural anti-histamine, reducing the body’s negative reaction to pollen. It does take time to build up sufficient levels of quercetin within the body, so those hoping to beat seasonal allergies this year should begin taking quercetin and load up on leafy green vegetables weeks or even months in advance of the allergy season. Add these beneficial vegetables to stir-frys, pasta dishes, or as a compliment to proteins as an easy way to upkeep quercetin throughout the year.
Natural remedies to seasonal allergies are delicious and packed with benefits that extend far beyond the allergy season. Incorporating these ingredients into the everyday diet allows for elevated flavor profiles as well as health benefits.