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Fighting allergies the natural way

It's allergy season and finding any kind of relief is comforting to the body.

Whether we like it or not, allergy season is upon us.

Which means people are trying to find any kind of relief that brings their body comfort.

However, sometimes, it's the things we have in our kitchen, that can help out the most.

Healthy Chef's, Jennifer Gieseke, came on NBC 6 News This Morning to speak with Dan Jovic about at-home remedies.

When pollen gets into your system, histamines are released, which trigger the symptoms of allergies.

They include: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, dark circles under the eyes.

Unfortunately, no diet (or medication) can completely prevent allergies.

Fortunately, there are lots of plant based foods that can help reduce the production of histamine (the chemical your body releases in response to allergic reactions), thereby minimizing, alleviating and sometimes eliminating symptoms.

Foods to include in your diet include: Vitamin C rich foods (boost immunity and reduces the amount of histamine in your body). These foods include oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, strawberries, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato. Pineapple, which has Vitamin C also contains Bromelain which stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory hormones.

Flavonoids: a natural anti-inflammatory agent, reduces inflammation and helps with congestion. Good sources of flavonoids include apples, red onions, garlic, bananas, and tea.

Foods with high concentration of Quercitin (a type of flavonoid and a natural antihistamine). Quercitin is effective in reducing sneezing and itchy eyes. Foods include: citrus, apples, raspberries, leafy vegetables, chili peppers and green tea.

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammatory chemicals in your body. Foods include: flax seeds, flaxseed oil, soybean oil, walnuts and wheat germ.

"Hot" spices also help thin mucus and clear nasal passages. They're anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic. Foods in this group include: cayenne pepper, onions, horseradish, wasabi, garlic, ginger and turmeric.

Certain foods can cause inflammation, which may aggravate existing allergy symptoms as well as trigger the body to release histamine.

So if your allergies are acting up, it's best to probably avoid these pro-inflammatory foods: milk and cheese (which then the mucus), fatty meats and processed foods (encourage the body to release more inflammatory chemicals), omega-6 fatty acids (intensify inflammation and include vegetable oils, corn and mayonnaise), fermented foods and pickled vegetables.

More details can be found by calling Healthy Chef Meals at 318.216.5691 or 318.465.9949.

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