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As wonderful as warm weather is, it brings on a lot of seasonal allergies that can end up being the bane of our existence for a few months. From itchy eyes to persistent sneezing, many turn to medication to combat these symptoms, often with mixed results. Johnson & Johnson found that approximately 10 million Canadians are hit with seasonal allergies, 55 per cent claim their allergies negatively impact their productivity, and more than a quarter report they restrict their outdoor time to prevent symptoms. However, according to Registered Dietician Shahzadi Devje, there are many foods out there that can aid you in the fight against these annoying summertime allergies.
Stopping by Your Morning, Devje told us that there are four categories of foods that may help in counteract seasonal allergens. Check them out below, and watch the video above to hear more from Devje herself!
Foods rich in Quercetin
Foods like onions, peppers, berries, parsley, and broccoli may help to curb histamine reactions.
If you’re eating kiwis, chili peppers, guava, kale, and yellow peppers, they may cut down on histamine levels that cause symptoms.
Healthy omega-3 fats
Salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna are foods that may help ease inflammation for some people.
Kefir, kombucha, fermented vegetables or probiotics in supplement form have shown to regulate the body’s immune response to allergies, and may help ease symptoms.
People should not stop taking their medications, but the addition of these foods may help manage their symptoms.