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Foods That Help Fight Seasonal Allergies

<article> <section> <p>The warmer months bring so many wonderful things—trips to the beach, picnics in the park, and breezy nights under the stars. Unfortunately, for around eight percent of the US population, spring and summer arrive with seasonal allergies <sup>1</sup>.</p> <p>Now here’s the good news: there are plenty of natural treatments that can ease and even prevent seasonal allergies.</p> <p>As the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates so eloquently said, “Let food be thy medicine.” Let’s take a look at some of the best foods to alleviate your symptoms and leave seasonal allergies in the dust.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>Seasonal Allergies</header> <p>Seasonal allergies—sometimes called <i>allergic rhinitis</i> or <i>hay fever</i>—are caused by an overactive immune response <sup>1</sup>. When your body detects something foreign such as pollen from grass, weeds, trees, and other wind-pollinated plants, it sends your immune system into overdrive.</p> <p>As your system tries to reject these outside invaders, your allergies can cause symptoms including:</p> <ul> <li>Runny nose</li> <li>Sneezing</li> <li>Ear congestion</li> <li>Itchy and watery eyes</li> <li>Irritated sinuses, throat, and ear canals</li> <li>Post-nasal drip</li> </ul> <p>If you’re one of the many people who travel armed with pocket tissues and over-the-counter allergy meds during the warm months, you might be wondering if there are more natural steps you can take to soothe your seasonal allergies.</p> <p>There are plenty. It might surprise you to learn that you probably already have some of the best natural allergy treatments in your own home.</p> <p>More specifically, in the kitchen...</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>What Foods Stop Allergies?</header> <p>Food is more than just rocket fuel to power you through the day. It’s also a necessary source of nutrients that keep your body running smoothly.</p> <p>Here at Warrior Made we support the ketogenic diet for all its incredible health and <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">weight-loss</a> benefits—allergies are no exception! These are some of the best low-carb, keto-friendly foods to fight seasonal allergies:</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jp2"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="lemon-water-lemon-balm-0163"> </picture> <div class="sub-head"><i>Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)</i></div> <p>Put simply, PUFAs are foods with a high ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. A recent study found that those who consumed a diet low in PUFAs were more likely to show allergy symptoms when exposed to grass pollen pollen. They were also more likely to have asthma <sup>2</sup>.</p> <p>Try these PUFAs <sup>3</sup>:</p> <ul> <li>Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Grass-fed</a> meat and dairy from <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">grass-fed</a> animals</li> <li>Eggs</li> <li>Chia, flax, and hemp seeds</li> <li>Walnuts</li> <li>Probiotic <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">supplements</a></li> </ul> <div class="sub-head"><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer"><i>Probiotics</i></a></div> <p>Probiotics introduce good bacteria to your system to aid digestion <i>and</i> regulate the immune system. Studies show promise that the healthy bacteria in probiotics may ease immune response and decrease nasal symptoms from allergies <sup>4</sup>. Eat these:</p> <ul> <li>Unsweetened yogurt and kefir</li> <li>Kombucha (homemade or with no added <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">sugar</a>)</li> <li>Sauerkraut and kimchi (homemade or raw/unpasteurized)</li> </ul> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jp2"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="spices-hot-bowls-scoops-0220"> </picture> <div class="sub-head"><i>Spicy foods</i></div> <p>If you’ve ever put a little too much wasabi on your sushi, you know just how well that heat can clear out your sinuses. Spice up your meals with these:</p> <ul> <li>Wasabi and horseradish</li> <li>Cayenne and chili powder</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Anise</a></li> <li>Fenne</li> <li>Hot mustard</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Turmeric</a>—it may not be spicy, but this spice crushes allergies <sup>5</sup>! </li> </ul> <div class="sub-head"><i>Spirulina</i></div> <p>This blue-green algae and superfood deserves its own category! Promising studies have found that spirulina is clinically effective at treating seasonal allergies compared with a placebo <sup>6</sup>.</p> <div class="sub-head"><i>Vitamin E-rich foods</i></div> <p>Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help suppress <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">inflammation</a> and the immune response that causes your allergy symptoms <sup>7</sup>. Add these to your rotation:</p> <ul> <li>Sunflower seeds</li> <li>Almonds and peanuts</li> <li>Avocado</li> <li>Fatty fish or cod liver oil</li> <li>Spinach</li> </ul> <div class="sub-head"><i>Other options</i></div> <p>There are a number of other less keto-friendly foods that can ease allergy symptoms. Consuming these <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">micronutrients</a> while sticking to your macronutrient count—or having a healthy helping on your cheat day—can have positive effects <sup>8</sup>:</p> <ul> <li>Vitamin C from oranges, apples, strawberries, and other <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">fruits </a> and <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">veggies</a></li> <li><i>Quercetin</i>-rich foods including onions, capers, broccoli, tomatoes, and raw asparagus <sup>9</sup></li> </ul> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jp2"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="runny-nose-forest-woman-bike-allergies-0220"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Allergies?</header> <p>If you’re struggling with seasonal allergies, you should consult with your primary care physician to figure out the best course of treatment.</p> <p>Many doctors will prescribe an antihistamine or suggest an over-the-counter pill to suppress your allergic response. These medications are highly effective, but they can leave you feeling drowsy, dizzy, and disoriented.</p> <p>Natural remedies are a great way to supplement the medications your doctor has prescribed. If they give the go-ahead, you may even want to exclusively go the natural route to avoid the antihistamine haze.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="" type="image/jp2"> <source data-srcset=""> <img src="" class="img-fluid" alt="avocado-halved-hands-0220"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>How Can I Fight Allergies Naturally? </header> <p>To best treat your allergies, you’ll want to pull out all the stops! In addition to eating a diet rich in allergy-fighting foods, these are some natural measures you can take to curb seasonal allergies:</p> <ul> <li>Try an elimination diet to identify foods that trigger or aggravate seasonal allergies</li> <li>Use a <i>neti pot</i> to clear nasal passages</li> <li>Outfit your home with HEPA filters to reduce allergens</li> <li>Give acupuncture a shot <sup>10</sup></li> <li>Use an essential oil diffuser with peppermint, eucalyptus, and/or frankincense <sup>11</sup></li> <li>Stay <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">hydrated</a></li> </ul> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <header>The Bottom Line</header> <p>Now that you know more about natural ways to treat seasonal allergies, you can stock up your picnic basket and fire up the grill! </p> <p>So many of your favorite keto-friendly foods can do double duty: support your health goals and treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies. A batch of our <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Chipotle Beef Bowls</a>, for example, gives you grass-fed beef, avocado, <i>and</i> spicy chipotle pepper—all in one high-fat, low-carb dish.</p> <p>Take a minute to browse around our <a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Nutrition page</a>. You’ll be sure to find plenty more tasty recipes that use the allergy-fighting, natural foods we’ve recommended here!</p> <div class="sub-head">Resources</div> <ol> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Seasonal Allergies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Omega-3 </a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">What types of fat should I eat?</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Immune-modulatory effect of probiotic </a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Immunomodulatory effects of curcumin in allergy.</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">The effects of spirulina on allergic rhinitis.</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Rhinitis, sinusitis and ocular disease</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Foods That Fight Allergies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Quercetin</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Acupuncture for the treatment of allergic rhinitis</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="" rel="noreferrer">Home remedies for allergies</a></li> </ol> </section> </article>

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