First For Women
Can a diet trick ease allergy symptoms?
I feel like my pollen allergies are even worse than usual this year—the stuffiness and itchy eyes are running me into the ground. Is there a natural fix that can help?
Absolutely! We recommend a two-pronged approach to instantly ease symptoms and dial down allergy triggers to provide sustained relief:
First, enjoy two to three daily servings of foods rich in pantothenic acid (like sunflower seeds, salmon, broccoli, mushrooms, egg yolks and avocados). This B vitamin stimulates the adrenal glands’ production of powerful anti-inflammatory hormones (called glucocorticoids) that work to ease nasal congestion, eye itchiness and swelling so you can breathe easier.
Second, aim to enjoy at least two daily servings of quercetin-rich foods. Top sources include grapes, apples, tomatoes and bell peppers. This antioxidant acts as a natural antihistamine, dialing down output of the inflammatory chemicals that trigger allergy symptoms by 96 percent. As a result, the body stops reacting to allergens. Some women find that quercetin is so effective, they no longer need to take an antihistamine!