Today, we’re going to talk about how to get rid of those seasonal allergies. So, if you’re a person who gets chronic allergies, your nose runs, your eyes get red. You get those head colds or you just feel miserable, you do not want to miss this.
I’ll be going through the best essential oils, herbs, vitamins, supplements, the diet to overcome allergies very fast.
Foods to avoid
So, if you’re having allergy symptoms, especially that redness and your sinuses, you’re going to want to stay away from alcohol, especially beer would be number one.
Staying away from the beer of all types of alcohol. I mean doing a little bit of something like a whiskey or red wine isn’t going to be as harmful. But absolutely, all alcohol especially beer is going to cause the most inflammation and exacerbate your allergies even more.
You know, caffeine, in general, can be really taxing on the adrenal glands and the kidneys. And really, your kidneys and adrenals are partly responsible for helping your body filter, really strengthening your overall system, and your immunity helping you fight allergy. So, you absolutely don’t want to go overboard with caffeine.
Now, doing a little bit of herbal tea with small amounts of caffeine such as green tea or white tea is going to be fine. But again, lots of caffeine especially in the form of coffee is going to cause more issues and exacerbate those seasonal allergies.
If you’re doing conventional dairy, when you pasteurize dairy, it heats it up sometimes at boiling point. And what that’s going to do is it’s going to kill off all the enzymes, so now your body can’t really break down the proteins and the lactose as well that’s found in dairy. And so that’s going to absolutely cause allergies in and of itself.
Also, dairy is very dampening food. Within Chinese medicine, the thing that really causes Candida and yeast overgrowth and mucus buildup in your sinuses and in your throat is actually dampness. And milk is very dampening to your body. So, probably, and I mean this, probably the worst food you could drink or eat during seasonal allergy time is going to be a glass of conventional milk or cheese is going to really cause allergies to get much worst.
Chocolate actually can exacerbate some of those allergy symptoms as well.
Peanuts, many of them can hold on to mold. And sort of at the top of the food allergy list, peanuts sit really high.
Another thing you want to stay away from. We know it feeds yeast, Candida. It causes dampness and causes inflammation which is going to exacerbate allergies.
Artificial sweeteners are going to cause inflammation. Processed foods, fast-food, refined food, you want to get rid of all this stuff.
Melons and bananas
You know, melons and bananas are both more dampening fruits. And so they’re probably the most damp of all the fruits.
So, if you are going to consume fruits and you have seasonal allergies, doing fruits that are more drying to the body and that are really higher in enzymes such as pineapple, and then even berries like blackberries can be better options as well.
Foods to consume
Raw local honey
Now, you may have heard this before, that consuming honey can actually help you fight allergies. Now, here’s the truth. Ideally, in order for you to prevent future allergies, you’re consuming about a teaspoon of a raw local honey every day and here’s the reason why. It should be local, local is the important keyword here.
You know, when honey is local, those bees have fed off of local plants and flowers that you’re exposed to that are high in pollens. So, often times when spring rolls around especially in people, its allergy season, people are not used to the pollen exposure because we’ve spent almost no time outdoors and we’ve consumed very little local honey. And we haven’t been eating food that’s local that has those SPO probiotics in the dirt we’re eating on a daily basis. So, our body hasn’t built up a natural immunity to the pollen.
If you start consuming a little bit of raw local honey every single day and you use that in place of sugar as your natural sweetener, it’s going to prepare your body for allergy season as well. And if you do have allergies and need a sweetener during that time, raw local honey or Manuka honey are going to be the best options as well.
Hot and spicy foods
The great thing about the compounds from the hot spicy peppers, for instance, Cayenne pepper, contains capsaicin. And capsaicin really opens up your cardiovascular system, your arterial airways. And so that itself is really going to help improve your overall nasal flow. So, if you intend to get really congested with sinuses, it’s going to open those up and either it’s going to help your nose to drain or just overall help you breathe better.
So, hot spicy foods, sprinkle in a little Cayenne pepper can be great. In fact, one of the most ancient remedies is mixing a teaspoon of honey with some cinnamon, hot pepper, along with ginger. And doing all those together as a natural remedy, it’s a great blend and a great way to naturally fight allergies.
Now, bone broth is great because of how it strengthens the immune system, really starting in your gut lining. We know that the stronger your immune system is, often times that can actually keep those allergy symptoms in from your body. It can keep your body from overreacting to certain things.
So, bone broth shouldn’t just be consumed during allergy season. It should also be consumed year round.
Now, I typically though wouldn’t recommend yogurt as the first thing. I would actually recommend fermented vegetables for fighting allergies if you are in the middle of allergy. Now, if it’s not during allergy season, doing some goat’s milk kefir could be great for you or a little bit of sheep’s milk yogurt.
But if you’re in the middle of having allergy issues, I would recommend doing something like sauerkraut or kimchi or kvass, but some form of a fermented vegetable would be the highest on the list for fighting allergies.
Pineapple is great because it contains a compound called bromelain. And bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple. It’s been shown to help dull histamine reactions and help reduce inflammation.
Now, there’s also another family of fruits that can also help us, that is also high in proteolytic enzymes. Papaya contains papain, figs contains ficin, kiwis contain actinidin, and then ginger which isn’t really a fruit, it’s a root, but it contains zingibain which also is a proteolytic enzyme that reduces inflammation.
So, remember these fruits if you have allergy season. You want to do pineapple, kiwi, figs, papaya, and then get some lots of lots of ginger root in your diet there as well.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very high in organic acids which really support the growth of probiotics. And also, really support your liver and detoxification. I’d recommend doing a tablespoon mixed with water and drinking that before meals.
Fresh organic meats
If you’re going to eat meat or get some meat in your diet, I would do small portions of meat, large portions of vegetables and some fruits as your diet.
And then organic meat like grass-fed beef, organic turkey, and then wild caught fish is great because it contains omega-3 fats which reduce inflammation.
Spirulina is known as one of nature’s superfoods. Very high in vitamins and minerals, and very high in chlorophyll which can be alkalizing to the body, and actually also dull any of those severe allergic symptoms.
And now quercetin is a compound that’s found in very high levels in onions and garlic, and even in certain citrus fruits. And quercetin helps reduce those histamine reactions in the body.
In fact, one of the closest things often times people will go and get synthetic prescription drugs or taking antihistamine drug. Probably the closest thing to that you can take as a supplement is a straight quercetin supplement in terms of it acting as a natural antihistamine.
And we know butterbur is fantastic for, actually helping headaches. But especially if you’re a person that your allergy symptoms is affecting your, you’re getting that sinus headache right there, a lot of pressure, butterbur is one of those supplements you’d want to take there as well or consider taking.
Probiotics we know are good to take year round or bolstering your immune system, strengthening your gut. I would recommend doing two capsules three times a day or extra biotics when you’re experiencing allergies.
Vitamin A can be great because of its support for the immune system.
Zinc is actually known and referred to as your immune system mineral. Now, vitamin C is known as the vitamin for the immune system. Zinc is known as the mineral for our immune system. And it’s really good at also helping heal the gut lining.
I’d recommend taking, you can take this as a tea or in capsule form. This has some great anti-allergy properties.
You know, so many people are struggling with seasonal allergies and they have no idea there’s a natural way to combat it through diet, supplements, and lifestyle tips. So, here are some lifestyle tips for you.
You know, often times we don’t get enough water and liquids in our diet. And really increasing your body’s fluids can really help with helping you overcome allergies fast. You want to make sure you pretty hydrated.
Limit your pollen exposure
Most of the time I tell people to get outdoors. But really, the only time you don’t want to be outdoors. If you don’t want to keep suffering is when you’re in the middle of allergy season. So, again, if you are, if it’s allergy season, don’t go for a walk out in the park. Literally, stay inside because if not you’re going to get more pollen.
If pollen is really low all year round, that’s the other thing. You want to be outdoors as much as possible when it’s not allergy season because your body in very small doses is building up your immunity.
Shower before bed
Wash all the pollen and the mold and things off of your body is a good thing to do.