Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
The nasal congestion, brain fog, crashing fatigue, and headaches can be debilitating, and for some, last far beyond allergy season.
Conventional treatment for allergy symptoms include antihistamine drugs like Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, and Benadryl. These can help control symptoms in the moment, but are not addressing the underlying issues. These medications can lead to drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, and even withdrawal when you stop taking them.
Supporting your body holistically is a safer and more effective approach, and diet is a perfect place to start!!
The symptoms of seasonal allergies come when our body has too much histamine. Histamine is a naturally occurring compound in the body, and is good in small doses. The problem comes when our body starts building up too much histamine. This leads to an immune response and accompanying allergy symptoms.
We all know environmental factors can contribute to additional histamine in the body, but the food you eat can increase your histamine level too!
Certain foods you eat actually contain histamine and can contribute to your body’s overall histamine load. If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, try minimizing or avoiding these high histamine foods:
Foods to avoid- wheat, gluten, shellfish, fermented foods, smoked meats, dried fruits, vinegar, aged cheeses, soured foods, leftover meats, cured meats, spinach, teas, avocados, alcohol, and kombucha.
Foods to limit- bananas, tomatoes, beans, papaya, citrus fruits, nuts, pineapple, and chocolate.
It’s also important to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Fluids dilute histamine levels and when dehydrated, they become more concentrated. Try drinking at least half your body weight in water per day and try antihistamine herbal teas like; moringa tea, tulsi tea, olive leaf tea, ginger tea, and parsley tea.
Last but not least, if you are needing extra support- reach for natural antihistamine supplement blends instead of medications. I love HistaEza from Designs for Health! It’s a blend of nutrients and botanical extracts designed to support a healthy immune response when allergies arise! Take 2 caps 2x daily (more if needed).
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What do you do to combat seasonal allergies?