The pollen count is through the roof, or maybe more appropriately sky high, and your stuffy, sneezing and seeing the world through watery eyes. But before you pop that antihistamine, there could be another way.
You can manage allergies with your diet.
Many who suffer from allergies already know it’s not the pollen or ragweed that causes the stuffy, watery, sneezy symptoms; it’s the reaction your body has to the allergens. It tries to fight them off with histamine in an attempt to wash the gunk out of your body.
Well there are foods out there that can fight your body’s urge to fight, and The Diner restaurant has a lot of them. Manager James Talley puts some extra onions in your omelet, and add asparagus if you can. Those veggies have been shown to reduce itchy eyes.
“Typically you think of them as just a taste thing to add more depth to your omelets or your veggies, but to know that they’re a good anti-histamine to prevent allergies which is pretty heavy here in East Texas; it’s good knowledge to know,” Talley said.
Also for breakfast, oatmeal has allergy-soothing compounds.
Who doesn’t love some kale? It’s believed to prevent immune cells from releasing histamine.
“So are you guys big kale eaters?” I asked two customers.
“Yes,” they said.
“I’m anemic, so kale is really great to get your iron levels up, so I eat kale very regularly in smoothies and things like that,” said Trey Anthony while takinga big bite.
“And I’m a vegetarian, if you can believe it, and kale is a great source of protein,” said Diner customer Ngozi Paul.
“Well, it also helps with your runny nose,” I revealed.
“Maybe that’s why we don’t have runny noses,” said Paul.
That could very well be. Grapes and ginger can be easing your sneezing, while carrots, salmon and herring can fight hay-fever.
And of course the antioxidants in vitamin C can help. So can Vitamin E, which is found in spinach and broccoli.
There is another food that can help during allergy season: local honey. It contains pollen from the area and can act as an inoculant.