Fitness and health 1.3.2018 11:49 am

4 natural allergy fighters

Picture: iStock

Picture: iStock

Don’t let allergies get the best of you. Try one of these natural allergy fighters instead.

Let’s face it: whether it’s a food allergy, hay fever or even a skin allergy; allergies definitely aren’t fun.

Go for an all-natural alternative to over-the-counter antihistamines.

1. Reach for citrus

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Citrus fruits contain vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which are both natural antihistamines. In combination, bioflavonoids are said to enhance the health benefits of vitamin C including stronger immunity, detoxification, eye and skin and health, making citrus fruits a powerhouse health as well as allergies.

2. Boost your intake of oily fish

Sardines, mackerel, and salmon are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to reduce the effect of an allergic reaction by managing the inflammation that causes discomfort, itchiness, and swelling.

3. Stock up on onions

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Onions have antibacterial, detoxification and antihistamine properties. They are high in quercetin (a natural antihistamine), which helps to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Onions also have anti-inflammatory properties that ease the discomfort of an allergic reaction.

4. Go for brightly coloured fruits and veggies

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EAT RIGHT. Highly pigmented fruit and vegetables are a healthy choice. Picture: www.sxc.hu.

Coloured fruits and vegetables like pumpkin, broccoli, and red peppers are high in carotenoids which have a positive impact allergic rhinitis and hay fever.

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