Foods To Help Fight Your Allergies
Updated: Jan 12
Hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis) occurs during certain parts of the year – usually the spring or summer. It's caused when the body produces allergic antibodies to help fight off allergens which results in congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and fatigue. While treatment usually involves medications such as antihistamines, your diet also plays a role in either worsening or easing symptoms. Consuming a low histamine diet can reduce the symptoms of histamine intolerance and allergies. These foods help to relieve symptoms by reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
ANTIHISTAMINE FOODS LIST
Fruit: Mango, pear, watermelon, berries, grapes, apricots.
Vegetables: Garlic, onion, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, squash, cucumbers, beets.
Dairy: Butter, cream cheese, pasteurized milk. Eggs are safe in small amounts. The whites may release histamine. Yolks are safe.
Meats: Freshly cooked meat and poultry. Fish that is fresh or frozen
Grains: Potatoes, corn, rice, oats
Fats and Oils: animal fats, olive oil
Drinks: Water, herbal tea, fruit juice (avoiding citrus).
Flavour: Honey, turmeric, ginger, basil, thyme, pasrley
Coconut products: coconut milk, coconut oil
FOODS TO AVOID
When you are suffering with hay fever, foods that are very ripe, aged or fermented should be avoided. Certain fruits and vegetables can also induce a histamine response. The following foods should be avoided:
Most citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, mandarins)
Fermented dairy (cheese, yogurt, sour cream)
Canned fish (tuna, sardines)
Soy beans (soy milk, soy sauce)
Fermented foods: (sauerkraut, tofu, tempeh, kimchi, kombucha)