Seasonal allergies are no picnic, even though they tend to be worse during picnic season. Allergies to botanical elements plague up to thirty percent of adults and forty percent of kids, causing itchy eyes, sore throat, sneezing, and coughing. As different plants bloom and fade throughout the growing season, folks may find themselves feeling better or getting hit all over again with a new kind of allergic reaction.
Your doctor can test for the types of seasonal allergies likely to bother you most, but may not explain how certain foods can actually increase the uncomfortable effects of specific allergens. Following is a list of foods and drinks that are best to avoid during spring, summer, and fall if you are one of the unlucky sufferers of seasonal allergies.
The culprit: histamines
Histamine is an essential neuro transmitter, and as such, we need it in our diet. Many foods are high in histamine, including nuts, cheese, alcohol, chocolate, tomatoes, shellfish, and smoked meats. In fact, if you tried to cut histamine out of your diet entirely, you would be very hungry. However, for people with seasonal allergies, too much histamine can worsen symptoms.
When your traditional allergies act up, it triggers the body to produce histamine, adding to what you already get from food and tipping over the “too much” mark. Cutting back can help to control the severity of your sneezing attacks, but it’s not healthy to try and avoid histamine all together. And remember that your allergies are a combination of genetics, lifestyle factors, diet, and the health of the biome – only some of that can be controlled by you, the rest just has to be managed.
Following are the top foods you may want to ease up on, or skip out on, when your seasonal allergies are at their height.