Sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes are common complaints during allergy season. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you are willing to try most anything to get some relief. There are many natural remedies that help relieve symptoms including foods to eat or to avoid. When considering foods to include in your diet, remember any food that boosts the immune system will also help your body to combat the inflammation response when experiencing allergies.
Besides increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, certain foods help clear the nasal passages and thin mucous including:
1. Spicy seasonings:
- cayenne pepper, ginger, onion and garlic.
2. Quercetin containing foods:
- this powerful antioxidant may help control the release of histamine. Foods to include in your diet: cabbage, cranberries, kale, grapes, pears, apples, grapefruit, spinach, garlic and onions.
3. Local honey:
- the thought is that local honey will contain traces of pollen from local plants and consumption may boost the immune system to reduce allergy symptoms.
- to support the immune system. Choose supplement form or from plain yogurt.
Foods to avoid:
- Limit processed foods that contain sugar which will weaken the immune system.
This delicious salad can be eaten as a side dish to complement a healthy meal or can be eaten by itself as a light meal.
- 1/2 medium onion, sliced thin
- 2 TBS white wine or apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup hot water
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp local honey
- 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 8 dried figs, sliced
- 2 TBS chopped walnuts
- Slice onion. Marinate sliced onion in 2 TBS white wine or apple cider vinegar and hot water for 10 minutes while preparing rest of ingredients.
- Rinse and dry baby spinach.
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper, drizzling in the olive oil a little at a time at the end. Toss with rest of ingredients and serve.
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