Foods to Fight Seasonal Allergies

Are seasonal allergies giving you congestion, out of control sneezing, or itchy, watery eyes?
If the answer is yes, then it’s time to consider some food remedies to help alleviate those symptoms.

While many over-the-counter allergy medications can provide temporary relief, they often come with side effects such as drowsiness or drying out the eyes and nose.

Instead, consider supporting your body’s natural immune response to allergens by strengthening your immune system using herbal remedies and quality food!

In our store, we offer herbal remedies and key nutrients to help manage allergies, but below we wanted to share some dietary suggestions to help get you started.

FOODS TO INCLUDE

Probiotics

Probiotics help boost the immune system thereby optimizing the body’s immune response to allergens. Probiotics also support nutrient absorption to help strengthen to body, and promote bowel regularity to eliminate toxins that can weaken the body.

Raw, Local Honey

Raw, local honey can help to reduce allergy symptoms because it contains local pollens that are causing the allergies. A couple tablespoons each day can help to provide relief to itchy, watery eyes and congestion.

Raw, Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar acts like an expectorant in the body meaning it helps to loosen and break up mucus so that your body can remove it more easily from your body.  Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink several times a day to help expel excess mucus.

FOODS TO AVOID

Avoid Known Food Allergies/Sensitivities

Eliminate foods that you know you have an allergy or sensitivity to. This will help ease the burden on your immune system and allow it to function more efficiently.

Avoid Trigger Foods Connected to Ragweed

Some foods, such as chamomile and echinacea, are related to ragweed and may create a similar allergic response. Other foods listed below may cross-react with ragweed and intensify allergy symptoms. 

  • Bananas
  • Chamomile
  • Cucumber
  • Echinacea
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Zucchini

Minimize Mucus Forming Foods

If your body is already producing extra mucus because of your allergies, you don’t want to make it worse from your diet. Dairy is considered to be mucus forming in the body and should be limited. Bananas are also deemed to be mucus forming.

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