An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction by the immune system against various pathogens that may be harmful or sometimes may not be harmful to our body. When these pathogens pervade in our body, then our immune system reacts towards them and produces various signs and symptoms like – rhinitis, itching, sneezing, watering of eyes, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, hives, headache, dizziness, etc. this condition is nothing but just an allergy.
It’s also a known fact that an individual can be allergic to more than one thing. Allergies are very common in the individual those have a weak immune system. Moreover, these allergies can exist in many forms like – food allergy, dust or pollen allergy, medication allergy, pet allergy, seasonal allergy, etc.
There are various antihistamine (medicines) that fights against these allergies, but fighting these allergies with food is really good option to adopt because they not only strengthen your immune system, but also provides nourishment to your body as well as mind in a simple way. Foods which are rich in antioxidants and have anti-histamine property are beneficial to fight these allergies.
Top 10 very common foods that are easily available at home and effectively prevents allergy are –
Turmeric is a prime spice which is widely used in various Indian dishes that don’t only give a tremendous flavor and color to your dishes, is also loaded with various nutrients that provide a good strength to our immune system. Turmeric has an anti-histamine property that inhibits the physiological effects of histamine in our body. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that will kill the growth of pathogens, thus, subsides the symptoms of allergies. Along with allergies, it also serves other functions in our body like- improving brain functions, lowering the risk of heart diseases, etc.
Ginger is the most delicious and healthiest spice on the globe. In the case of allergies, it acts like a double-edged sword that will kill all the pathogens as well as strengthens the immune system by which these pathogens won’t flourish inside our body. If you have respiratory tract allergies, then don’t worry! This is a perfect choice so you should go for it.
You can consume this herb in your daily diet as a decoction, in the form of juice or directly chew a few slices of raw ginger. Also, this herb helps to improve digestion, which is a cause for various allergies along with a weak immune system.
Tulsi is an elixir to fight all kinds of allergies. It is an immune-modulator property that counteracts the hypersensitivity of the immune system as well as boosts immunity. You can simply sprinkle the leaves of tulsi on your salads, on dishes as like coriander leaves. Especially, tulsi is effective in spring allergies or seasonal allergies, hence used for centuries to cure flu, hives, sneezing, etc.
Garlic is a bioflavonoid that has anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties that won’t allow any microorganism to settle inside the body. Garlic also possesses an anti-histamine property that stabilizes the mast cells effect. Quercetin is a powerful flavonoid that helps to relieve inflammation, which occurs due to some allergies. Moreover, they also possess immune-modulator properties, thus beneficial to maintain and restore the functions of the immune system.
Walnuts and almonds are the rich sources of magnesium. Magnesium acts as a bronchodilator which dilates the bronchioles and ease the respiration thus, deals the symptoms such as dyspnea, congestion,
Magnesium also has calming effects on the muscles thus relieve myalgia, hay fever, etc. that is why magnesium is widely used to cure allergies. Moreover, these nuts naturally strengthen the body’s defensive mechanism.
Berries are also loaded with polyphenol which is required to fight the allergies. Moreover, they are a rich source of antioxidants, thus eliminates the free radicals/toxins or pathogens from the body thus prevents the body from infections. It also slows down the ageing process, hence maintain the healthy immune system for a long time.
Milk and Milk Products
Milk itself is a complete food which is full of nutrients. It is a rich source of macro and micro-nutrients, antioxidants that aid double strength to our immune system. Probiotics have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties that help by providing a rich flora to healthy bacteria’s that fight against disease causing agents. Thus, it favors immunity. And Ghee is also a well-known rejuvenating product mentioned in our Ayurvedic context’s that provides a healthy immune system along with a long lifespan.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Mostly vitamin C and vitamin E rich fruits and vegetables are helpful to reduce the symptoms of allergies. Moreover, green vegetables and fresh fruits are the healthiest sources that provide nourishment to the whole body. Among vegetables– broccoli, carrots, collard greens, spinach, kale, etc and among fruit, pineapple, avocado, apple, etc is a good option to be adopted to counteract the allergy. Avoid poorly digested foods because they produce ama or toxins, that make the body prone to allergies.
In Ayurveda Honey is considered as Rasayana that helps to rejuvenate the body tissues. It has various medicinal as well as nutritive properties. Honey is full of nutrients that are used widely to eliminate toxins from the body. It also acts as a catalyst which accelerates the absorption of nutrients in our body, hence in Ayurveda honey, ghee and milk are widely used as an Anupana that will increase the potency of the medicine as well as boosts the immunity.
A natural way to detox your body is to increase your water intake but better to prefer hot lukewarm water. It helps to flush out the toxins from the body by natural ways, hence perish the flora of allergens from the body. Nowadays detox the water by blending some herbs into it is becoming very popular in our culture that will reduce the congestion, inflammation and increases the body metabolism as well as improving the immune system.
All these things avoid the vulnerability of allergies by detoxifying the body, improving the Agni and strengthening the immune system. Along with these foods take some time from your daily schedule to practice Yoga and exercises