Spring allergies got you down? Research suggests that following the right
diet may help ease allergy symptoms in some people.
For example, clear soups can help thin mucus and clear nasal passages. Some
studies suggest that the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus strain L-92, often
added to yogurt or milk, may help ease Japanese cedar-pollen allergy. Vitamin C
may help minimize many spring allergy symptoms.
Spring is here, which for millions of people means itchy noses, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. For many allergy sufferers, relief is often just a quick spritz away; prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays are one of the most common ways to treat nasal congestion caused by allergies or infection.
But for an estimated 7% of the United States population, relying too much on decongestant nasal sprays can actually cause more congestion -- a drug-induced condition called rhinitis med...
WebMD turned to two nutritional experts for their advice on foods to help
you fight allergy symptoms:
Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, mother of a child with bad seasonal allergies
and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association
David Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education at the Scripps
Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego
The meals in this 7-day menu plan feature foods high in antioxidants,
omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that our experts say may help ease
inflammation and minimize complications of hay fever.
Even better, these healthy foods benefit your body in many other ways:
boosting heart health and strengthening your immune system, too.
Day 1: Meals for the Spring Allergy Season
Breakfast: Homemade or low-sugar instant oatmeal made with skim or 1%
acidophilus milk fortified with vitamin D, kiwi halves or orange wedges, and a
cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea.
Lunch: Roasted turkey sandwich with light cream cheese and cranberry
sauce on whole wheat bread, 3-Bean salad with light vinaigrette (made with
canola or olive oil), plain or light yogurt (with active cultures) with frozen
strawberries or raspberries stirred in.
Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon with a side of steamed brown rice and
broccoli served with a cup of hot miso soup (or other broth-based soup).
Acidophilus milk is regular cow’s milk, but it has the probiotic bacteria,
Lactobacillus acidophilus, added to it. The miso soup, along with other warm
broths and teas, can help loosen mucus and ease congestion.
Salmon is one of the best food sources of the potent omega-3 fatty acids,
DHA and EPA. Gerbstadt recommends fitting in fish three times a week for these
anti-inflammatory omega-3s. Studies have suggested the consumption of fatty
acids reduce inflammatory markers and may improve lung function. More research,
however, is needed.