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Can Changing Your Diet Improve Seasonal Allergies?

When seasonal allergies are hitting you hard, you are looking for every way to reduce the annoyance and discomfort. People with severe allergies are often not able to live their day to day life as they would normally because of allergies. Learning how to control seasonal allergies symptoms in order to get your life back is often on your mind. In this article, you will learn how you can change your diet to improve seasonal allergies as well as other things you can do to make allergy season bearable.

Eating a healthy diet can be a challenge, but when your seasonal allergies are hitting you hard, it is easier to get motivated to get things under control.

Make These Diet Changes for Less Seasonal Allergy Discomfort

If you are a food lover, you might cringe at the list of foods that make seasonal allergies worse, but the goods news is you don’t have to cut them out of your life altogether. Simply knowing which foods are going to cause challenges will allow you to avoid them when you know you need to be at your best.

Some of the foods that can make your seasonal allergies worse are:

  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Peanuts
  • Processed foods
  • Chocolate
  • Wheat
  • Coffee
  • Dairy products
  • Gluten

If you have ragweed allergies then you want to avoid:

  • Cucumbers
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Sunflower seeds

While it might sound like we are really limiting your choice of foods, there are some food strategies you can use. Say yes to these foods for some strategic relief.

1) Spicy Foods

If you are all stuffed up from congestion, use some spicy dishes like salsa or curry to help thin out mucus. Any mix of garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper can help you get your breathing abilities back. Use one of all of them to add some flavor, and you may be able to get your sense of smell back as well.

2) Fresh Organic Vegetables

Eating fresh vegetables that are grown organically is always a good idea but if you want to help your allergies now is a great time to make that happen. Nutrient vegetables will help your allergies by fighting hay fever and inflammation.

3) Liquids

Apple cider vinegar and bone broth help break up mucus, reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.

4) Local Raw Honey

For the relief of watery eyes, have a spoonful of local raw honey. Local raw honey usually helps with other allergy symptoms you have since it stems from the pollen that gave you the allergy symptoms in the first place.

5) Pineapple

Both the ring and the core gives great nutrients that help with seasonal allergies because of its vitamins and enzymes.

6) Green Tea

Have a cup of green tea in the morning for a natural dose of antihistamines. Natural antihistamines are proven to prevent allergy symptoms and can help you avoid the discomfort. Start drinking green tea in the morning before allergy season hits for the best results.

7) Yogurt

Have a yogurt snack to reduce allergy symptoms. Yogurt is a natural source of probiotics so grab a spoon and your favorite fruit and have some yogurt.

Reducing Your Allergen Exposure

Now you know that you can improve seasonal allergies by changing your diet, but there are other things you can do to reduce the discomfort of the season. The less that you are exposed to allergens, the less likely you are to experience a reaction. While you can’t barricade yourself inside, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of time you are exposed.

Park Your Car Under a Cover

If you have a garage, it is ideal that you would park your car in the garage and leave from your garage. A car pot or even a car cover can be helpful if you don’t have a garage. When pollen season is upon us, everything gets covered with pollen and can cause sneezing, wheezing and coughing fits. Keeping your vehicle covered will help reduce the amount of pollen you are likely to come in contact with. If you use a car cover ask someone that does not have allergies to take it off before you get in to drive.

Remove Rugs from Your Home

Rugs may be comfy on our feet but they are also a haven for allergen likes dust mites and pet dander. It is a wise idea to either get rid of rugs or switch them out for thing rugs that are less friendly to allergens. Regularly vacuuming the rugs will also help if you decide to keep your rugs. Always make sure to empty the vacuum out of doors and use a mask when you are emptying the vacuum.

Close the Windows & Use Air Conditioning

When the weather warms up, it can be tempting to up the windows and welcome the sunrays in uninhibited, but that isn’t going to be good for your allergies. In addition to welcoming in some natural light, you are also welcoming allergens that are more than happy to come into your home.

Conclusion

Changing your diet and avoiding allergens will allow you to live a higher quality of life during allergy season. There is no reason to become a hermit when allergy season hits but acting wisely and keeping yourself protected is important so you can continue to function well throughout the year.

 

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 16,13, 6 and a son who is 3. They currently reside in Texas.

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