EATING FOR ALLERGIES
In the grips of hay fever and other airborne allergies? Changing your diet can help. Some tips:
START YOUR DAY WITH YOGURT. The probiotics in yogurt can support your immune system to minimize allergic flare- ups; if you’re sensitive to dairy, try other fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or tempeh. SNACK ON PINEAPPLE. It contains bromelain, which studies show can help nasal swelling, and may modulate the immune system as a whole. FEAST ON FISH. Salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel are loaded with omega- 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation
and support immunity. In one study, people who ate diets high in omega- 3 fats had fewer symptoms of itching, sneezing, and runny nose. In another study, children who ate fish regularly had lower incidence of allergies by age four; additionally, children born to mothers who took omega- 3 supplements during pregnancy had fewer allergies in infancy. STEER CLEAR OF TRIGGERS. Avoid any foods you’re sensitive to, to avoid taxing your immune system. Even if you don’t suffer from food allergies, certain foods may trigger a reaction. The most common food triggers include wheat, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, tomatoes, shellfish, eggs, and caffeine. EAT CURRY. It’s high in turmeric, an antioxidant with measurable anti- inflammatory actions. Add onions and ginger for their immuneenhancing effects. MAKE IT HOT. Chili peppers, hot mustard and horseradish help keep airways open during hay fever season; they also thin mucous secretions to make breathing easier. DRINK GREEN TEA.
Rich in the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate ( EGCG), green tea can help relieve allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation and blocking production of histamines and IgE, which are linked to allergy symptoms. Studies have found that green tea can significantly reduce mucus production, throat pain, nose- blowing, and watery eyes in people who suffer from allergies.