Healthy Eating, Healthy Breathing

When allergy season rolls around, there’s no such thing as too much prevention. Whether it’s ragweed, mold spores, or dust mites that irritate your symptoms, the simplest solution is stopping the allergens before they latch onto your lungs. Basic home precautions and air purification systems are the first—and most important—steps in reducing the breadth of your allergies, but severe sufferers may want to adjust their lifestyle, if only for the season. Changing your diet can have a drastic effect on your seasonal allergy symptoms, combating unwelcome irritants in your body.

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Foods That Fight Allergies

  • Fish: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, as found in fish and nuts, have anti-inflammatory properties, reducing the effects of allergies. Eating salmon for lunch won’t impact your symptoms, but lifestyle changes or incorporating fish oil supplements into your daily vitamins can increase your body’s resistance to fall and spring allergens.
  • Fruits & Vegetables High in Vitamin C: Foods like apples, red peppers, and broccoli may protect against allergies and asthma. The skin of apples contains quercetin, an antioxidant that acts as an antihistamine.
  • Foods High in Carotenoid: Plants like kale, collard greens, & pumpkin soothe allergy symptoms.
  • Tea: The combination of heat and antioxidants soothes swollen passages in your nose and throat, helping oxygen flow more easily.
  • Water: Pure water is essential to good health. Staying hydrated breaks up mucus, reduces swelling of the sinuses, and promotes drainage.

Foods That Exacerbate Allergies

  • Dairy: As singers know, dairy stimulates mucus production, making your allergy symptoms much worse.
  • Alcohol & Caffeinated Beverages: Known diuretics, the dehydration caused by alcohol & caffeine consumption hardens mucus and swells the sinuses, leading to congestion.
  • Spicy Foods: While spicy foods clear the nasal passages, eating peppers or heavy spices mimics allergy symptoms, resulting in sneezing, swollen or watery eyes, and a runny nose.

Dietary restrictions can impact your seasonal allergy symptoms, but there’s no better cure than eliminating the allergens. Our products at Living Technologies reduce contaminates in your air and water, improving your health and quality of living.

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