Spring is here, a time of rebirth and renewed energy. It is also a time many people experience seasonal allergies. If you or a loved one suffers from springtime allergies, read on for three easy, effective strategies for decreasing and even eliminating springtime allergies. It is possible to enjoy the season without the stuffy nose and headaches!
Did you know that food allergies and/or food intolerances contribute to environmental allergies? Allergens share similar substances that cause cross-reactions, acting as a trigger of symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, headaches, fatigue and more.
Step #1: If you have one of the environmental allergies listed below, eliminate the specific foods in that category:
- Grass: Melon, Orange, Potato, Tomato
- Birch Pollen: Apple, Apricot, Kiwi, Green peppers, Carrot, Potato, Tomato
- Latex: Banana, Avocado, Kiwi, Potato, Tomato, Almond, Brazil nut, Walnut
Food acts as information to our cells. By providing your liver with specific foods that support its’ function, you can optimize your body’s ability to detoxify toxic substances. In turn, you will experience renewed energy.
In Chinese medicine, the liver is the organ of Spring. This is the best time for “spring cleaning” of our body.
Step #2: Make your liver happy by including the following foods into your eating plan:
- Lemon (in water, or olive oil salad dressing)
- Cruciferous veggies (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower) contain indole- 3- carbinol to help the liver.
Minimizing indoor pollution is crucial in preventing environmental/seasonal allergies.
Step #3: Follow these 8 tips to decrease allergen exposure in the home:
- House plants - keep on the dry side to decrease mold growth. Keep out of the bedroom due to mold sensitizing.
- Perfume - avoid use (volatile organic compounds)
- Candles - as allergenic as cigarettes
- Soaps and detergents- choose fragrance – free and no phosphates
- Wall paint - volatile organic compounds
- Beer and alcohol - corn, gluten (barley, rye) has high sulfur dioxide
- HVAC filter- change every 3 months (with the changing seasons)
- Pets - out of the bedroom!