Allergies occur when your body's immune system confuses a harmless substance for a dangerous invader. This can come in the form of food allergies, pet allergies, or even seasonal allergies when winds help spread more pollen throughout the air. The American Academy of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) found that nearly 55 percent of Americans suffer from one or more allergies.
The most common of all allergies is pollen, produced by weeds, trees, plants and flowers. Those affected by pollen often suffer from sneezing and runny nose, watery eyes, cough and sore throat. While there are a number of medications available to combat these allergens, a healthy and proper diet filled with immune-boosting frutis and veggies can go a long way in ensuring protection against these reactions.
The first step is to increase consumption of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which influence the chemical pathways of the inflammatory response and reduce inflammation. Foods rich in Omega-3 include flaxseeds, walnuts, and organic tofu.
Next, you'll want to up your intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural histamine fighter that not only prevents the release of histamine, but increases the rate at which histamine is broken down in the body. Eat plenty of green leafies like spinach and kale, citrus, like oranges and grapefruit, and apples and berries for your allergy-fighting dose of vitamin C!