If you’re like many, this allergy season, you have stocked up on your favourite allergy medication and manage to control symptoms with the recommended daily dose of ‘chemical’ help. Allergy meds, like all pharmaceuticals, come with a wide variety of side effects** and have an affect upon the liver, over time and so alternatives, when possible, should be considered and can be life-enhancing ~ a GOOD thing!
The choices that we make EVERY DAY affect our health. Whether it’s the type of clothing we buy, the sort of food we choose to eat, the kind of TV we enjoy watching or the basic choices we make regarding our home’s health – our cleaning ‘habits’ ~ all combine to affect ‘the big picture’. The food we consume can make a huge impact on how we feel. If you or a member of your family suffer with allergy symptoms, you may want to consider adding some of these foods to your meals!
Phytonutrients are plant compounds, which can assist the body to deal with allergies. Research indicates that increased consumption of specific foods does indeed support optimum health. I’ve started to see this as a type of “functional food”. In this case, the phytonutrients are anthocyanin, curcumin, hesperetin and quercetin.
Anthocyanins are found in most purple and dark red coloured foods.
Grapes ~ Red or Dark purple
Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric (Curcuma longa). Turmeric, with its extraordinary yellow, is the anti-inflammatory star within the curries of Indian cuisine. Check out this post to learn more about this powerful herbal ally.
Hesperetin and it’s relative Hesperedin protect and support healthy blood vessels. Known for it’s ability to calm hayfever, it is also anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, highly antioxidant and notable for its cholesterol-lowering actions.
Lemons + oranges, where highest concentration is in the pith (white part)
Quercetin has become known as nature’s anti-histamine. It is available in supplement form and often includes the enzyme ‘bromelain’ (from pineapple). It is definitely a good non-drug alternative for those wanting relief from heavy-duty allergy symptoms like sinus congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes etc. Check out the package directions for the daily dose; usually around 400 mg twice daily.
Foods containing Quercetin:
Tea ~ black, green or white tea.
- Choose to eat more food containing the above phytonutrients.
- Drink healing nourishing herbal tea to build up your body’s balance
- You may benefit from regular supplementation; including Quercetin and Vitamin C^^
**To learn more about the mechanics of “allergies” and some of the side effects of allergy medications, click HERE.
^^ Check out new post with ideas for supplementation.
Poor indoor air quality plays a HUGE part in how you and your family experience life.
Most people live in a home filled with hidden allergy triggers, overflowing with chemicals.
Wishing you great health every day!