Let’s welcome back Amy Kuretsky, L.Ac., an experienced acupuncturist and one of HealingRadius’ favorite health coaches, who’s known for guiding professionals and entrepreneurs toward a happier, calmer, rested self. And since she’s been in their shoes before, she knows just how the weight of deadlines and expectations can cause anxiety and other problems that stand in the way of one’s well-being. Now, through the use of traditional Chinese medicine, mindfulness techniques, and nutritional plans, she doesn’t stop until her clients have reached the level of health they set out to achieve. Back in December, we featured one of her blog posts on meditation confessions of a Type A personality, and today we couldn’t think of a better time (hello, spring) to talk about allergy season and her five recommended foods to fight them away. Let’s take a look!
After one of the most brutally cold winters Minnesota has seen in a generation, spring has finally sprung. As I rode my bike home from work yesterday I saw block after block of people enjoying the lovely weather: kids playing pickup basketball at the park, neighbors grilling out in their backyards, giant dogs taking their owners for walks! But if you’re like me, and millions of other people, you know that the beauty of spring comes with one major setback:
THE START OF ALLERGY SEASON.
Maybe you’ve had allergies your whole life, or maybe they waited to drive you mad later in life. Maybe you take medication for your symptoms, or maybe you just suffer through with travel-sized tissues in your pocket at all times. No matter who you are or, how your seasonal allergies manifest, there are things that you can do to help lessen your suffering.
While acupuncture and herbs are important steps to take when treating allergies, incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods is of the utmost importance. Here are five foods to help lessen allergy symptoms. Want to find out why? Keep reading…
FIVE FOODS TO FIGHT ALLERGIES:
- Apples – Maybe the old adage is true. Eat an apple a day not only to keep the doctor away, but perhaps a runny nose and itchy eyes too!
- Onions – Specifically, red onions eaten raw. Try them thinly sliced and quickly pickled with some beets. You’ll be amazed at how they lose their spicy kick and gain a mellow sweet flavor.
- Cranberries – Combine these with a chopped apple and some red grapes for a 1-2-3 punch against pollen.
- Capers (canned) – Did you know that capers are actually a fruit? Sprinkle them on dishes where you want a little extra salt and flavor.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Who doesn’t want an excuse to eat a little more chocolate? Just make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder. Add it to a peanut butter and banana smoothie for a decadent treat.
So, you might be wondering: What do all these foods have in common that is going to be so helpful for my seasonal allergies?
Never heard of it? I’m not that surprised. Quercetin has long lived below the radar, but is increasingly growing in popularity due to its powerhouse abilities. Quercetin is a type of flavonoid (plant pigment) that has antioxidant properties, but also acts like an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine when consumed in the diet.
A study published in the Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents (I know, I know, I’m a total nerd…) concluded that:
Quercetin is a natural compound that blocks substances involved in allergies and is able to act as an inhibitor of mast cell secretion… Quercetin is a safe, natural therapy that may be used as primary therapy or in conjunction with conventional methods[i].
Amy K and the team here at HealingRadius would like to know how you are going to incorporate more quercetin into your diet. And if you know of more foods that help fight allergies, please share them in the comment section below! Here’s to an allergy-free season!