With the inception of this wonderful spring weather it is time to open the windows and let in the air. Unfortunately, with fresh air come allergens like pollen and ragweed. I myself am dealing with watery eyes as I write this post. What I have found to help is an increase in certain vitamins to fight the inflammation that occurs when your body is hit with these allergens. Low levels and deficiencies in essential fatty acids along with vitamins C, D, and magnesium can make your allergies worse:
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and help prevent allergens from getting out of control. These can be found in chia seeds, avocados, fatty fish, flax seed oil, English walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is known to help fight inflammation and regulate the immune system. I like taking Seeking Health’s Optimal Vitamin D3 Liquid Drops especially during the winter months. I advise talking to your doctor about your vitamin level before taking any supplements. Another way to get your fill of vitamin D is to take in some rays. Fifteen minutes two to three times a week outside in the sun should do the trick.
Vitamin C: Breaks down the histamine that allergens cause. This vitamin helps to reduce histamine being produced and breaks down the already existing histamine. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruit like lemons and grapefruit, dark leafy greens, broccoli, and blueberries
Magnesium: Helps us breathe better by lowering histamine and inflammation in the airway passages and lungs. It also strengthens body cells. Good sources are dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, and avocados.
Check out this recipe to help reduce allergy symptoms.