I used to have reactions to whatever was in the air ALL year round. I had an itchy throat, swollen glands, itchy eyes, runny nose, and it inevitably turned into a sinus infection every single Christmas!
However, ever since I cleaned up my diet, started eating less excess sugar (processed foods) and more fruits & vegetables, I have not had one single sinus infection or irritating allergic reaction in 2 years. Seriously! I am so thrilled with this fact that I really hesitated to write this post because I don’t want to show up in front of any of you in the next week eating my words and sneezing in your face!
Regardless of what will happen next, if I have days that my body just can’t fight back or I didn’t get enough flavonoids in my diet (read on), the fact that I have seen such an incredible reduction in these symptoms so far is worth writing about.
I fully believe (and research proves) that the foods I eat regularly help to keep my allergies under control.
Here’s a quick example of something I have come to understand about a little flavonoid called Quercetin.
Flavonoids, such as quercetin, are a group of plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize mast cells to prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds. Good sources of quercetin are citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, legumes, berries, and wine (no bummer there!)
Clariton, Zyrtec, and other over the counter drugs used during allergy season are Antihistimines! They are designed to reduce the effects of the natural chemical histomine in the body. So do the foods listed above!! Try adding even more of these foods to your diet before the dreaded allergy season approaches and see if you can enjoy a glass of wine on the porch this year!!
CHEERS TO THAT and #makinghealthyhappen