Eat This Not That, a website dedicated to healthy eating, suggested that certain foods can aggravate seasonal allergies, in a post published earlier this week. Runny noses and itchy eyes are a sign that spring is here for over 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies each year.
According to the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion… In data published from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 8.4 percent of US children under age 18 suffered from hay fever, 10% from respiratory allergies, 5.4% from food allergies, and 11.6% from skin allergies”.Eat This Not That stated that certain foods can help to reduce inflammation and soothe allergy symptoms. It is said that fennel is a natural decongestant that help help allergy sufferers when the pollen count is high. Eat This Not That suggested that allergy sufferers should distance themselves from spicy foods, since they create histamine in the body which is an inflammatory. When the body creates histamine your tissues swell causing congestion and itchy eyes. Vitamin C can also fight histamines, notes Eat This Not That. They suggest eating strawberries since the levels of vitamin C are actually higher than that of oranges. Oranges also contain proteins that may mimic some grass pollens.
For more allergy soothing diet tips, be sure to read “Eat This, Not That! To Fight Spring Allergies“.