Food for Seasonal Allergies

I writing today with my office windows open, and loving this warm, sunny day! If asked, I would say spring and summer are my favorite seasons. However, prior to cleaning up my diet, eliminating a case of invasive systemic yeast, and regaining my vitality, spring and summer meant lots of sneezing and hacking, plus allergy immunizations. I’m happy to report that today, thanks to a healthy eating plan, exercise, reduced stress and lots of restful sleep, I can embrace this delightful time of year without any allergy problems whatsoever!

My favorite acupuncturist, Batbayar Damdin, recently published an article on eating certain foods which can help our bodies fight offending allergens. Foods can even go one step further by helping our bodies heal from the effects of these allergens. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, put these in your grocery cart on your next trip!

Ginger: Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It may provide some relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes. Use an organic powdered form and sprinkle it on your foods, or buy ginger root, peel it, and add pieces to tea, brown rice, soups, etc.

Apples: Some foods contain the flavonoid quercetin which can cross-react with tree pollen. Quercetin can reduce allergic reactions by having an antihistamine effect. It also decreases inflammation. Quercetin occurs naturally in certain foods, such as apples, with the skin on (so REALLY look for organic apples), berries, red grapes, red onions, capers, and black tea. You can also purchase a high-quality quercetin supplement and follow the directions on the label.

Carrots: Carotenoids are a family of plant pigments that include beta-carotene. A lack of carotenoids in the diet is thought to promote inflammation in your airways. Good sources of carotenoids include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash, and collard greens. These foods are especially bountiful during the fall season, which is the second highest allergen producing time of year.

Omega-3: Omega-3 essential fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation of the air passages. Good natural sources include flaxseed oil, and salmon and other cold-water fish, like sardines. You can get omega-3 supplements, too – just be sure they are high quality and handle them according to the package.

Yogurt: Food sensitivities seem to be connected with seasonal allergies. In a study conducted at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, patients who were fed 18 to 24 ounces of yogurt a day experienced a decline in their environmental allergic symptoms by 90 percent. This isn’t the pre-flavored, sugar added yogurt that is the mainstay of the yogurt aisle at the grocery store! Look for plain yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, and add your own fruit, raisins, nuts, and a natural sweetener, like stevia or a small amount of honey.

Fiber: A healthy and active colon can decrease food sensitivity, which, in turn, can lighten the burden on your immune system and may reduce the impact of seasonal allergies. For maximum colon health, increase the fiber in your diet. Eat more fibrous foods like fruits and veggies, and consider supplementing with a fiber powder or capsule – especially during allergy season.

Full Circle Vitality Group carries a terrific salmon oil and super-healthy fiber powder capsules. Give us a call today if you are interested!

This information comes from an article published by my acupuncturist, Batbayar Damdin, Dipl. Ac., L.Ac. If you’d like to learn more about how acupuncture can help with your seasonal allergies, contact Batbayar Damdin at or 717-545-2544.

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