7 foods to help you fight allergies
Here is how you can beat the onslaught of seasonal allergies which zap the life out of you
Most of us, wake up in the morning and look at the mirror. However, all that you see is a red nose and puffy eyes, which make you look like a walking-talking corpse. Seasonal allergies, if not taken care of, can create havoc in your life. To help you deal with allergies, with the help of an expert, we have prepared a list of food which help you combat even an allergy apocalypse this summer.
Fish, walnut and flaxseeds: These food items contain Omega 3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the risk of developing allergies. They also help to reduce allergic symptoms. Fish tends to be light on the stomach and is a good source of protein too,
making it a good choice for the hot weather. Onions, cabbages and
pepper: Apart from preventing heat strokes, these items contain quercetin — a flavoniod, which is anti-hestamine. Anti-histamine foods prevent the body from releasing an allergic response. Onions, cabbages and pepper are ideal for consumption in summers.
Green Tea: For those who are allergic to dairy products, green tea is your answer to your day-time tea cravings. Chamomile tea is a muscle relaxer, which helps to soothe your body in the heat. Its anti-histamine properties with the anti-oxidants found in it are extremely effective against combating allergic reactions. Oranges, kiwi, amla and tomatoes: Due to the extreme heat, our body’s immune system is more prone to allergic reactions. Oranges, kiwi and amla are rich in vitamin C and help to keep our bodies cool. Vitamin C boosts the immunity level to protect against allergies, while, tomatoes contain antioxidants called lycopenes, that helps the body to fight against asthma.
Pineapple: Bromelain, a powerful anti-histamine enzyme is only found in pineapples. Bromelain reduces allergic symptoms such as sneezing or blocked nose. It is anti-inflammatory in nature. A cold glass of pineapple juice is perfect to beat the summer blues.
Pro-biotics: A good gut health is imperative to avoid any kind of allergies. Yoghurt and probiotic milk build up your stomach immunity and keeps your body cool. Fermented foods are always a good choice in summer as they are antiinflammatory in nature.
Turmeric: Contrary to the notion, not all spices trigger allergic reaction. For example, Turmeric is antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic in nature. Be it summers or winters, turmeric should be consumed throughout the year for those who have allergies. Inputs by Kavita Devgan, nutritionist