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Spring allergy or hay fever: beneficial foods to relieve symptoms

We know that food is one of the most powerful tools that we can take advantage of to take care of our health. And in the case of seasonal allergies it is also like that.

There are foods that can help alleviate spring allergy symptoms and there are others that can increase symptoms.

Want to know which foods to eat and which to avoid during hay fever?

Well, in this post we will tell you in detail.

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What is an allergy?

An allergy is a hypersensitivity to an allergen .

There are many different types of allergens , for example, an allergen can be pollen, the protein of a food (as in the case of allergy to milk protein , casein ), dust mites , the hair of some animals , to some food preservatives, etc.

If you suffer from a spring allergy , also known as a seasonal allergy or hay fever , you will be happy to know that there are foods that are beneficial in reducing or alleviating seasonal allergy symptoms .

These symptoms can range from runny nose, watery and red eyes, sneezing to hives, eczema, rhinitis, bronchial asthma, and are due to the fact that pollen is seen by our immune system as an allergen and it initiates the necessary actions to eliminate it from our body. .

Foods That Help Relieve Spring Allergy Symptoms

To mitigate the typical symptoms of seasonal allergy, we can eat a diet that contains good food intake that includes:

* Vitamins of group B > these vitamins have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. We can find them in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beer yeast or nuts.

* Omega 3 > It is a very important fatty acid for our body that carries out several functions in it. Among these functions we can highlight the regulation of inflammatory processes and the optimal functioning of the immune system. We find it present in foods such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, broccoli, extra virgin olive oil, lettuce, turnip greens, pumpkin seeds and chickpeas.  

* Magnesium  > reduces the release of histamine, so it is a natural antihistamine, reduces inflammation of the airways and also has a bronchodilator effect. Magnesium is found in foods such as legumes, green leafy vegetables, fruits such as avocado or avocado, melon, peach, cherries, pear, sesame or sesame seeds, and whole grains (oats, spelled, rye).

* Quercetin > is a flavonoid that inhibits the release of histamine and decreases the production of prostaglandins. It has an inflammation reducing effect. Quercithin is found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onion, apple, oatmeal, spinach, garlic, or red pepper.

* Antioxidants such as carotenes,  vitamin E and vitamin C have positive effects on allergy symptoms due, among others, to their anti-inflammatory action. We find them in foods such as extra virgin olive oil, orange and red fruits, green leafy vegetables, flax or linseed seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts or asparagus.

* We can also include some medicinal plants with antihistamine action: turmeric licorice root nettle , elderberry , fumaria and shisho or perilla .

What foods to avoid during seasonal allergy?

* Almonds > these nuts are highly recommended due to their contribution in vegetable protein, beneficial fats, fiber or vitamins and minerals. But for people with hay fever or seasonal allergy, they should avoid them during this period, since almonds have the characteristic of exacerbating allergy symptoms.

* Celery > This vegetable is very healthy and provides great health benefits, but if you suffer from a spring allergy you should avoid it or reduce its consumption, since it has proteins similar to pollen and can produce the same symptoms that occur in pollen allergy .

* Fermented cabbage or sauerkraut > another very healthy food, but in cases of people with a pollen allergy it is contraindicated due to its high levels of histamine. Eating sauerkraut could aggravate allergy symptoms

* Alcohol> In addition to being a product to avoid or reduce in any healthy diet, if you are allergic to pollen or have asthma, alcohol can aggravate the symptoms of these ailments due to its high histamine content.

* Coffee and tea > the consumption of these two drinks should be reduced or eliminated due to their histamine content.

* Citrus fruits> such as grapefruit or grapefruit , tangerines , oranges or lemons. In addition to this list we add pineapple and kiwi . They are very healthy, but during allergy periods they should be avoided due to their high histamine content .

In general, eliminate or reduce the consumption of highly processed and refined foods by substituting fresh and seasonal foods.

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