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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ab­hi­nav Verma ■ ab­hi­nav.verma@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

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

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