Spring has arrived! For those who suffer from springtime allergies you may have found that they start earlier each year and last longer. Scientists say that due to the higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allergenic pollen is more potent, while warmer temperatures have led to longer allergy seasons.
That's where whole food comes to the rescue! Load up your grocery cart with these Vitamin C and folic acid rich foods and you'll be sure to reduce the inflammation associated with allergic reactions.
Broccoli - allergy relieving Vitamin C that helps clear out blocked sinuses
Collard Greens - lightly cook with olive oil to increase the amount of carotenoids your body absorbs
Citrus Fruits - high in Vitamin C
Watermelon - this delicious fruit is high in lycopene, which has been shown to decrease the allergic response and the accumulation of symptom-producing cell types in the lungs (specifically, the white blood cells called eosinophils).
Pineapple - contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is a great remedy for sneezing, runny nose symptoms.
Kale - this superfood packs a punch with allergies as it also contains carotenoids. Be sure to add to smoothies, soups and baked as a crunchy snack.
Experiment with these whole foods in different recipes and be sure to have plenty on had when going through allergy season. Let me know in the comments if you wish my help to take on a whole food healthy challenge during this allergy season and see how your body responds.
Resource: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2012 study