Friends. It’s almost May, and seasonal allergies are winning. (Are we right, or are we right?)
AND, over half of us who have pollen allergies can experience heightened symptoms after eating certain foods. (Because we weren’t already miserable enough. Thanks, Nature).
Symptoms may include the following:
itchy or swollen lips
tingling at the back of the throat
scratchiness on the roof of the mouth
watery or itchy eyes
Symptoms and reactions depend on what tree or weed allergy you have. For those allergic to grass pollens, you may want to avoid:
If you're allergic to weed pollens - specifically ragweed - the following foods may trigger seasonal allergies for you or make them worse:
echinacea, chamomile and hibiscus teas
(It’s important to note that foods that cause a pollen-like allergic reaction are usually raw and fresh. If you love oranges but notice they cause a reaction, orange juice, although not as nutrient-dense as an orange, may not cause the reaction. And the same thing with tomatoes: freshly picked ones from the vine may cause an itchy throat, but tomato sauce may not trigger a negative reaction).
This all falls pretty well in line with Oral Allergy Syndrome - get the Google going on this one. There’s so much information floating around on the topic. And, fret not: it’s a common thing.
But, good news! There are also foods that can help with seasonal allergy symptoms. (YAS!) Like these ones:
Onions | Peppers | Berries | Parsley
All of these beauties contain quercetin, which is a chemical that may reduce histamine reactions. (Histamines are part of the allergic response).
This sucker is a fuzzy fruit that is super rich in vitamin C, which can also cut down on histamines. (You can get Vitamin C from lots of foods, including oranges and other citrus fruit).
Pineapple has an enzyme called bromelain, which can reduce irritation in allergic diseases, such as asthma.
Tuna, salmon and mackerel have Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known anti-inflammatories.
Fermented foods contain probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that reside in your gut. Foods that are especially rich in probiotics include sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha.
Honey that’s local to your own area can be helpful in fighting seasonal allergies. This is because it contains the very pollens that you’re probably sensitive to, and by consuming them in the honey, your body builds a natural immunity to them.
There are also some essential oils that are known for helping with seasonal allergy symptoms, such as tea tree, lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus and peppermint.
Please know that this is most definitely just scratching the surface of allergy issues. Within these recommendations fall other subtopics: FODMAPs, citrus allergies, sulfite allergies...it’s a bummer, but there really is so much information to be found. Or, better yet: talk to your doctor. Request to see an allergist.
And get a grip on allergies - they’re the worst.
Hope this info helps you get through the rest of the spring, guys! Remember that The Polly Fox is entirely free of peanuts, sesame and gluten, and mostly free of soy and dairy—because you already have enough sensitivities to worry about at this time of year.
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