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Posted on: July 9, 2012


Some experts say you can also find relief in natural remedies, including certain foods. Eating truckloads of Orange can’t ensure you a sneeze-free day tomorrow, but making it an habit, can certainly boost your immunity, especially for people who have things like allergies and asthma. Here are 8 natural remedies for allergic symptoms.

WASH YOUR FACE. The most “Huh! Really?” basic thought but probably the most effective. Washing your face when you come in from the outside or even better, a shower, could help the allergens wash away, even before they begin to take effect.

AVOID CERTAIN FRUITS. Fruit allergies occur when, the body recognizes proteins in a fruit that are similar to those in pollen. So a person who suffers from ragweed allergies, might find that their mouth starts itching when they eat an apple, for example. Other fruits people can have problems with are apricots, cantaloupe or bananas. Make sure to talk to a doctor first to find out what exactly you’re allergic to. And keep them off your diet list.

AVOID PROCESSED FOODS. You may really want to keep off any processed food that contains a lot of sugar and salt; The reason is that anything that is going to cause a chemical reaction in your body — as processed foods do when they force the body to work hard to break them down — has the possibility of increasing inflammation, which can make your symptoms worse. There’s no specific data that if you stop eating things like processed meat and bread that you’re going to feel better in 2-3 days or even 2-3 weeks. But you could see those changes overall in 2-3 years.

EAT HEART-HEALTHY NUTS. We already know that nuts are a heart-healthy option because they’re high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help fight inflammation. That same anti-inflammatory property accounts for why they can also help reduce allergy symptoms, too. The operative word here is “Reduction in Symptoms”, as a pollen would still cause you to sneeze, but you would also have the immunity to ward the allergy off.

GET GOOD LEGUMES. Foods that are high in zinc, like legumes, have an antibacterial and antiviral effect in the body that help it “foster” immunity. Including zigh-zinc foods, like oysters and lean beef in your diet is also recommended.

EAT FRUITS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS. This is where it gets confusing, because certain fruits can help by fighting inflammation in the body, but others can trigger cross reactions or oral allergy syndrome, like we saw earlier. But fruits rich in antioxidants can help provide allergy sufferers with some relief. Nature is abundant with antioxidants; look for foods with those bright colors, like blueberries, strawberries and grapes. In the same way that oxidative stress causes inflammation, antioxidants help your body fight it off.

EAT CHERRIES. One more reason to seek out the glossy, fun-to-eat fruit at your supermarket on your next shopping trip. A study confirms that cherries may help fight the inflammation of arthritis, heart disease and cancer. In the study, participants had to consume 45 cherries for 28 consecutive days; At the end, the levels of 3 telltale indicators of inflammation—nitric oxide, C reactive protein and a marker for T-cell activation—dropped by 18% to 25%, in the cherry-enthusiasts.

EAT PINEAPPLES. The immune system detects a foreign object that it responds to by creating an inflammation, which is why some sufferers can reportedly experience relief when they eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties, like pineapples.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation also keeps a list of unproven or alternative therapies that could possibly help, from acupuncture to other non allopathic (or Western) medicines; and scientists are also looking into Wellmune WGP, which has shown some success in helping with allergy symptoms in a small, Phase One trial. As always, consult your with your doctor to determine what course of action, if any, is best for you and about eliminating common food allergy triggers, which can make environmental reactions even worse.



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