Hay Fever and Your Diet
I have had to pay even more attention to what I eat lately as earlier this month my hay fever was really acting up. I was miserable for a few days there with the red, itchy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing and more. It hadn’t been that bad since I was a teenager so it made me wonder what made it act up so bad.
Did you know that you could lessen the discomfort of allergies such as hay fever by making alterations to your diet? Foods that form mucus such as potatoes, pastas, sugar, and milk products should be avoided if you suffer from seasonal allergies. If you happen to eat a lot of foods make with the aforementioned products, you can trigger an allergic reaction.
Modifications to your diet can definitely reduce the symptoms of an allergy attack. Blackberries, cabbage, onions, apples, sunflower seeds, and nuts make good food choices. A diet in fresh fruits and vegetables will help to eliminate inflammatory tendencies that can be the result of foods that you have eaten.
Grains, grasses and pollens are the worst enemy for hay fever sufferers. All of these are associated with grasses and thus, the allergy trigger. Although hay fever is often associated with air born triggers, food allergies also play a significant role in an allergic attack.
As for myself, I have modified my diet somewhat, I have found that I have cut down on the amount of red meat that I eat and eat more chicken and fish. I also have started eating soy beans and using almond milk as opposed to cow’s milk. I’ve never really been big on cow’s milk anyways so this was an easy choice for me.
These changes have helped to lessen my allergic symptoms. My eyes do not water as much and I also have found that I am sneezing less. Although the symptoms are still present during the day they seem to be worse first thing in the morning and again just before I go to bed.
In some cities in which there is a high amount of people suffering from hay fever, city council members are thinking about planting male plants only, in the hopes of reducing hay fever. As much as I love my garden, and tend to it often, I know that I am going to suffer red itchy eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose afterwards.
Do you suffer from hay fever? What do you do to lessen your allergic reaction?