There is really just one word to describe being outside at this time of the year – glorious.
I will take any excuse to go outside, and even though I usually take way too long to really do nothing to get ready in the morning, I have been making an effort to leave myself enough time to get outside for at least 5 minutes to sit on the deck and meditate. I could sit and feel the sun on my face and listen to the sounds of the birds for hours. Which is why I always have to set a timer. Because otherwise I literally would sit there for hours. And then I would be really late for work.
So to celebrate getting outside and feeling great, I wanted to share some of the natural food remedies I have learned about that may help ease some of the seasonal allergies you may experience at this time of the year.
- Walnuts – the omega 3 fatty acids in walnuts help fight the inflammatory response of allergies
- Grapes – grapes contain an antioxidant (resveratrol) that studies have shown can help ease allergy symptoms. It is thought that it is through the anti-inflammatory effect of the antioxidant.
- Raw honey (bee pollen) – much like vaccines introduce a small amount of a pathogen into your body to stimulate your body to grow an immunity to it, eating raw, local honey (which contains bee pollen) can help your body get used to these substances so it doesn’t freak the next time you are exposed to them
- Capers – Also available in a supplement, and commonly used to treat seasonal allergies, quercetin is a flavonoid found in high concentration in capers. I tend to like food versions better, I do love food!!
- Raw Bell Peppers – Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, and as a bonus you get some carotenoids in red peppers which can also help with allergies!
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Research suggests that this cure all vinegar (I feel like I am constantly reading new things on what this lovely ingredient can do!) can also help with allergies. It is thought that that is due to Apple Cider Vinegar’s ability to reduce mucus and cleanse the lymphatic system. I like to get my daily dose on salad or with a splash in some water.
So there it is, now go play and have a wonderful day!!