Thursday, March 24, 2016

4 Foods to Avoid If You Have Spring Allergies

These common kitchen culprits can actually make allergy symptoms, like scratchy throats, worse 


In the spring, birch tree pollen is likely to blame for your sore throat and congestion, and, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, eating foods that contain similar proteins may confuse the immune system and lead to similar symptoms. Celery, for example, is a common culprit for aggravating birch pollen allergies, so cross it off the grocery list temporarily. However, sugar snap peas are available right now, which are a delicious raw snack. 


Fermented foods contain high levels of histamines, potentially causing itchy, watery eyes; congestion; and a runny nose. If pollen is already having the same effect on your body, eating these foods can make matters worse. The good news is that lots fresh greens, like spinach, make their way to markets in the spring, so lay off their fermented cousins.


Be wary of these nuts until fall, as they have been shown to exacerbate spring hay fever. Instead of noshing on almonds for your mid-afternoon snack, try a handful of dried fruit as an alternative. 


If you suffer from pollen allergies, you may want to skip happy hour. Swedish researchers found that people who suffer from asthma, emphysema, and allergies were more likely to experience sneezing and/or a runny nose after having a drink (perhaps because alcohol is high in histamines). Women were also twice as likely to be affected as men, and red and white wine seemed to be the biggest triggers.

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