Allergy-fighting Foods for Spring Health | RTX Traveler Magazine

It’s that time of year again, when the gorgeous weather and sunshine draw us outside just long enough for pollen to stage an attack. Certain foods contain phytonutrients, or naturally occurring chemicals with biological significance that may not be established as essential nutrients. Some phytonutrients include antihistamines that help keep allergies at bay and antioxidants that can ease allergy symptoms. Work these foods into your diet to fight those spring allergies and enjoy the beautiful season!

134978056Leafy Greens: Many leafy green vegetables like broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, kale and more are cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to clear out blocked sinuses. Many green vegetables also contain hesperidin or quercetin, which both have naturally occurring antioxidants or antihistamines.

Berries, Beets and Grapes: Foods like these that are dark red or purple in color have the phytonutrient anthocyanin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Quercetin can also be found in many berries and helps ease allergy symptoms and improves lung function, among other health benefits.

135376131Citrus: Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are great sources of vitamin C, which helps to relieve allergies. Lemons and oranges also have high concentrations of hesperidin, which is also anti-inflammatory and helps lower cholesterol.

Allergy Aggravators: Two major factors in allergy flare-ups are suppressed immunity and inflammation. Foods that cause these should be avoided. To keep the allergies at bay this spring, avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed food and red meat.

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