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Increase Your Vitamin C intake and Ward off Seasonal Allergies

Posted on May. 1st 2013 No Comments »

It’s that time of year again, where many of us are suffering the symptoms of the dreaded seasonal allergies. Yes, we are plagued with itchy, watery eyes, an itchy throat and the the terrible ever- running nose.  But did you know that there are foods that can dramatically decrease the affects that these airborne pollens have on our bodies?

Many foods actually have natural antihistamines found in them. The term ‘antihistamines’ refers to a class of drugs that are used for allergy treatment, which inhibit the release or action of histamine which is a chemical released by the immune system during an allergic reaction. These drugs help control or alleviate the allergy symptoms by counteracting the effects of histamine throughout the body. Since the store bought, chemically created version of these drugs can cause unwanted side affects, opting for something more natural seems like a no-brainer.

And it gets even better…Natural antihistamines not only relieve symptoms of an allergy, but can also reduce the frequency of future episodes while by strengthening the immune system.

Vitamin C

Foods high in the important nutrient Vitamin C are said possess strong antihistamine properties. Additionally, it is a well-known antioxidant which fights against free radicals and boosts the immune system.

Eat these Vitamin C rich foods:

  • Bananas
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Guavas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwifruit
  • Oranges and Clementines
  • Kohlrabi
  • Bell Pepperss
  • Green peas
  • Broccolli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale

Add these amazing foods to your Natures Garden Delivered order this week and enjoy breathing a little bit easier and get outside to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather in Arizona.

Guest Post By: Elise Redlin

Elise is the Marketing Director at a digital marketing firm in sunny Tempe, AZ but spends her free time exploring the health and beauty advantages to green cuisine and living with her daughter and boyfriend. She’s a true believer that there is a reason to celebrate each and every day.

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