Seasonal allergies and how to keep them at bay
As the seasons change this can bring about some unwanted allergies such as hay fever, sneezing, runny nose and also food sensitivities or eczema. Substances that can trigger these symptoms include pollen, trees, grass, dust mites, mould and even cockroach droppings.
A common treatment is usually antihistamines which help switch the immune system response off as well as supporting the body with some nutritional and plant interventions.
When looking at the human body and finding ways to support and immune system and optimal health, food is always best -‘Let food be your medicine’. With allergies it’s important to focus on foods that help reduce inflammation, calm down the allergic response and reduce the histamine effects.
Some natural anti-inflammatory foods include:
1. Omega 3 fats
Omega 3 fatty acids can help dampen down the allergic response and help with inflammation. Good sources include oily fish (salmon and sardines), walnuts and flaxseed oils.
Turmeric is a powerful herb for helping fight diseases and reduce inflammation in the body. This bright yellow spice contains the active ingredient Curcumin, which provides many health benefits and healing powers. Key benefits include being a powerful antioxidant and natural inflammatory which can help calm down common allergy symptoms. Try grating a fresh turmeric root into your salads or stir-fry’s.
3. Vitamin C
Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C can help support the immune system, reduce inflammation, protect us from diseases and help in times of stress. The highest sources come from polyphenol rice foods including oranges, kiwifruit, strawberries, papaya, mango, kale, broccoli, spinach and asparagus.
Quercetin is a plant based chemical (phytonutrient) that has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine effect. Sources include apples, citrus fruits, berries, onions, green tea and kale
Zinc is one of our superstar nutrients and is needed many pathways in the body including immunity, wound healing, digestion and hormone balance. It used to be present in our soils but due to more conventional farming practices we are now deficient. Best sources include oysters, shellfish, seeds, lentils, red meats, broths, nuts and eggs.
As well as focusing on the important food groups, we also want to minimize the ingestion of refined and processed foods such as chips, sugary treats, biscuits, crackers etc., think packet goods or anything manmade. Try to focus on a few of these items when doing your weekly shop at South Stream Market.
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