9. Collard Greens
Regular consumption of collard greens can also help prevent allergic reactions during the allergy season. This green vegetable contains phytochemicals called carotenoids, which are known for easing allergic reactions.
Plus, collard greens are a good source of vitamin C along with other important nutrients that help boost your immune system.
Buy the dark-colored collard greens, as they have high carotenoid levels. To fully reap the anti-allergy benefits, cook them lightly in a good quality fat source like olive oil.
Note: As collard greens have high vitamin K, people taking blood thinners should avoid eating them.
Flaxseeds, which contain selenium and omega-3 fatty acids, can help prevent allergic reactions. The fatty acids help prevent and alleviate allergies by reducing inflammatory chemicals in the body. Plus, it has selenium that helps the immune system work correctly and increases the action of antioxidants.
Add 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed to a glass of warm water or milk and drink it once daily. You can also sprinkle some ground flaxseed on cereal, salads, yogurt and other dishes.
Note: Generally, these are the best anti-allergy superfoods. However, if you are allergic to any of the foods mentioned here, avoid them.
- Keep a diary to figure out which allergens affect you.
- Limit outdoor exposure between 5 and 10 a.m. on warm, dry mornings. Pollen counts are the highest during this time.
- Wash your face and hands after being outside to remove pollen.
- Take a bath and wash your hair daily before going to bed.
- Minimize with pets and people who have spent a large amount of time outdoors.
- Wear sunglasses or a face mask to protect your eyes and face from pollen.
- Leave your shoes at the door to lessen the amount of pollen brought into the house.
- During the allergy season, keep windows and sunroofs closed.
- Change the filters in your furnace and air conditioner regularly.
- Use a humidifier to adjust your indoor humidity level.
- Avoid staying around in places having moderate temperature with low humidity.
- Avoid sitting outdoors around freshly cut grass during the allergy season.
- Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer rather than outside on a clothesline where pollen can come in with them.