Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The symptoms?  Disgusting nose dripping, excessive impolite sniffling, post-nasal drip induced coughing, headaches and all around miserableness.  Gross, right?!

The culprit?  Seasonal allergies.

Ugh.  Need I say more?

While the good ol' American way of treatment involves an armory of over the counter anti-hystimines on a regimented schedule of swallow pills, get drowsy, block symptoms, repeat, I encourage you to find a more natural way of coping.

Hypocrites, the father of modern medicine, wisely stated, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."  He figured it all out two and a half thousand years ago- we should listen.  

Here are a few quick tips to help fight those annoying allergies.

Vamp it up!  
Not the blue eyeshadow kind of vamping.  I'm talking vampires!  Onions and garlic are nature's natural anti-hystimine.  They are packed full of quercetin which helps alleviate symptoms of pollinosis.  Say what?!  In other words, quercetin's help put a stop to the gross nose stuff that pollen in the air causes.

Eat your greens
No brainer.  Fresh produce, especially GREENS are full of carotenoids.   A study in Public Health Nutrition (2006; 9:4) 472-9) showed that more carotenoids ='s less allergy suffering.  Green up!

Be a C student
I'm giving you the ok to be average.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radicals.  Allergies occur when free radicals attack your cellular membranes and antioxidants put a stop to these radical dudes before the damage occurs.  Chow down on lots of citrus fruits, kiwi, and strawberries.  And while your at it sneak in some more vitamin C rich greens like cabbage, spinach, broccoli, and kale.  I told you to eat your greens!

Fight hard and eat well,


Joanie Johnson, CHC
Motivated Nutrition

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