13 May April showers bring May Flowers which bring… Allergies!!
With the weather starting to warm up and all of the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, you find yourself being lured towards the great outdoors. But then it hits you! The crippling headaches, stuffy nose, near-constant sneezing, and wheezing as a result of the dreaded seasonal allergies.
You might be prepared with some helpful remedies from your pharmacy but it might come as a surprise that there are certain foods that can also help relieve your symptoms. In fact, there are certain foods that are capable of reducing inflammation and other allergic responses to seasonal allergies by becoming part of your overall lifestyle.
Salmon along with other oily fish, such as tuna, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to boost our resistance to allergies. The anti-inflammatory properties found in omega-3 can help decrease the narrowing of our airways, therefore relieving certain allergy symptoms.
So you’ve probably heard that vitamin C is great for preventing or shortening the common cold but it also holds some benefits for dealing with seasonal allergies. Eating foods high in vitamin C such as oranges, grapefruit, berries, and sweet peppers can help ease the irritation of the upper respiratory tract, also known as allergic rhinitis, which is caused by large amounts of pollen swirling in the air.
Well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric contains an active ingredient known as curcumin, which has the ability to help minimize swelling and irritation in the respiratory system.
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many illnesses, like nausea and joint pain for thousands of years. However, it also contains antioxidative as well as anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help suppress the production of pro-inflammatory proteins in our blood and reduce allergy symptoms.
It’s becoming more common for people to use honey as a natural remedy for seasonal allergies, however, the emphasis lies with local honey. When a person eats local honey, they are also ingesting local pollen, which over time can actually help a person become less sensitive to the pollen in their area and therefore reducing the risk of experiencing seasonal allergies. Honey has also been used as a cough suppressant in various medications and therefore may have anti-inflammatory properties to further aid with allergy symptoms.
We hope that these natural remedies and lifestyle adjustments help free you from seasonal allergies, which are holding you back from enjoying all of the great outdoor amenities freely available to you, here at HighPoint apartments. Also, as residents here at HighPoint apartments, you have convenient access to our local Jewel for quality produce, just a few steps away to help you get back on track.