For many people, it is a constant struggle to fight sniffles and hay fever all year round. Pharmaceutical drugs do provide a promise of living clear, but that comes with the risk of dependency and side effects. A yearly bout of a runny nose, watery eyes or hives makes even everyday tasks seem arduous. These allergy symptoms are your immune system’s extreme reaction to certain substances such as moulds, dust, and pet dander, that are normally found harmlessly in your everyday environment. Very often, a simple change in diet, nutritional supplements and exercise can relieve such extreme reactions and the resulting inflammation. If you want to get your allergies under control, then these are the five foods you need to add to your diet.

Broccoli

Thanks to it being a rich source of kaempferol, a flavonoid that reduces the impact of allergy-related substances on the body, broccoli is excellent for those advised hypoallergenic diets. This, in turn, offers unique anti-inflammatory benefits and limits the effects of exposure to potentially toxic substances in our food and water, or in the air as well as exposure to allergy-triggering substances.

A combination of phytonutrients uniquely found broccoli, support all steps in the body’s detoxification process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.

Kale

Just like broccoli, this crucifer packs a one-two punch against allergies. Kale is rich in carotenoids, a form of vitamin A thought to improve allergy symptoms. The vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids present in kale, also lower inflammation and have been shown to reduce allergy symptoms.

Onions and Garlic

The quercetin present in onions and garlic is the arsenal you need to fight allergies. Quercetin acts like an antihistamine, easing allergen symptoms such as a runny nose and watery eyes. Allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) is an anti-inflammatory sulphur compound found in onions that gives them their distinct taste and smell. This combination of sulphur and quercetin helps to fight twice as hard to bring down any inflammation.

Nettle leaves can be brewed as a tea or can be had in the form of freeze-dried tablets

Stinging Nettle

Though typically a herb, stinging nettle is the go-to food to fight allergies. Unlike other foods, this herb produces histamines when your body is undergoing an allergic reaction. These histamines present in the stinging nettle may also help you build up a tolerance towards allergic reactions and strengthens your immune system. It is usually mistaken for a weed and not widely cultivated, but you can buy freeze tried tablets if you are looking at trying this amazing herb.

Turmeric

Part of the ginger root family, turmeric is made up of curcumin compounds which have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Consuming turmeric with warm milk can either curb or alleviate pain as effectively as some anti-inflammatory drugs.Using turmeric regularly can help your immune system stay strong, and reduce chances of catching common colds, viral or more serious diseases.

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