How to Combat Fall Allergies Naturally

With fall upon us – and apparently extending far into October this year – there’s nothing worse than trying to adjust to the weather combined with ragweed allergies!

Due to higher temperatures and climate change, pollen-producing plants are now able to live longer and produce even more pollen than usual… Hence the increase in our sniffles every year. But don’t fret: nature still has your back.

Eat your greens

Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are chock full of vitamins A and C, and are known for relieving allergy symptoms. Celery, beets and spinach are also great anti-inflammatories. Now you know what to plate your proteins with this season!

Avoid foods that trigger allergies

Yes, you read it right. Certain foods actually end up doing a lot of harm to your body when it comes to fighting pesky allergies – it’s known as “oral allergy syndrome”, where your body thinks proteins in particular foods are the same proteins found in ragweed. Such foods include apples, melons, bananas, cucumber, zucchini, chamomile tea, honey and nuts.

Spring cleaning also happens in fall!

If you’re sensitive to dust and pollen, and have pets or lots of grass and plants outside your window – grab the cleaning supplies! Given that you’re going to spending much more time indoors as the weather gets colder, the cleanliness and purity of air quality in your home is of utmost importance. Vacuum, dust, and consider investing in an air purifier to help snuff out the pet dander and dust hiding in every corner. P.S. Wear a mask over your nose when cleaning, or you’ll be sniffling and stuffy for days!

Stock up on supplements

Stinging nettle and quercin supplements are great to have on hand during allergy season. Stinging nettles possess natural antihistamine properties (warning: pregnant ladies, keep away from them!) and are effective if you start taking them before fall begins. Quercin supplements, on the other hand, are natural bioflavinoids found in citrus foods and onions and help your body produce less histamines. About 1000mg/day should be sufficient, but be sure to consult your doctor first, as it can react with other drugs.

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