Allergy season is upon us; and with it brings red, watery eyes, stuffy/runny noses and scratchy throats. But before you reach for the box of Reactine, I’d like to share with you the top three foods for natural allergy relief.
Before we begin, let’s talk about what allergies even are. Well, allergies are a disorder of the immune system, where in which it reacts to generally harmless substances in the environment; and in the case of seasonal allergies, they are predictable and rapid- meaning all the aforementioned symptoms happen almost instantly. And ask anyone who has allergies and they will tell you that they are not only inconvenient but also incredibly uncomfortable. And when we dose with over the counter drugs like Reactine, we simply numb our bodies ability to adapt; which is why I believe that those who suffer from allergies can attain natural allergy relief with food- but I would think that!
So I’d like to present to you my Top Three Foods For Natural Allergy Relief!
Even though honey is comprised of mainly water and sugar, it boasts many medicinal properties, including natural allergy relief; with its effectiveness being rooted in its high levels of vitamins C,D,E,K and B complex, while also being a natural antibiotic.
For natural allergy relief, unfiltered honey that is rich in pollen can relieve seasonal allergy symptoms; but beware of fake honey. Unpasteurized and unfiltered honey is the most beneficial to us. Avoid pasteurized and/or purified honey, which has all the traces of pollen removed; and, therefore, no medicinal benefits at all.
Kefir is made by culturing fresh milk with kefir “grains”, which are live colonies of bacteria and yeast; and when discussing natural allergy relief, the active ingredient kefiran, an indigestible fiber unique to kefir, has immunity supporting properties, which is important for helping our immune systems react accordingly. You see, allergies occur when our immune system misfires, but when we keep it healthy, it learns to differentiate between real invaders like anaphylaxis and false ones aka allergies.
For those with lactose intolerance, kefir is predigested by the bacteria, so you will very likely be able to enjoy it without any grief; and for the vegans among us, kefir grains can be used to ferment non dairy milks, such as almond, coconut, hemp and oat milk, so you can still benefit from it.
There are dozens of pears available, and most of them are similar in shape and size. Pears are a cooling, low allergy fruit that are an excellent source of water soluble fiber. For natural allergy relief, pears are often recommended for those with allergies because of their cooling benefits. Although not as potent as kefir and honey, pears should not be overlooked.
The idea behind natural allergy relief with food, is to incorporate these foods into your diet on a regular basis; and seeing as I have an affinity for breakfast fare of all kinds, I thought I would share a recipe for a Honeyed Kefir with Pear. By poaching the pears in water, we soften them to the tooth and release the natural sugars; and when those sugars reduce down with the water, the aroma of the pears shine through. And, finally, the drizzle of the honey infused kefir creates a smooth creamy texture with a slightly tart and sweet liquid that lubricates this whole food experience!
Beat the seasonal allergy blues with food!
1 pear, slightly under ripe
1 tbsp manuka honey
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp kefir
Slice the pear in half, lengthwise, and place in a small pot, face down, with water; bring the water to a boil and cook until water has completely evaporated and all that remains are the pear and its syrup. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix the kefir and honey together.
To serve, drizzle the pear with the honeyed kefir mix. Enjoy hot or cold for natural allergy relief!