How to get relief from pollen misery


POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:09pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 6:19pm

April flowers bring May....allergies? Angela Buttram with Ear, Nose, and Throat of East Texas said, "a lot of people are suffering right now with nasal allergy symptoms. This is really your body's response to the allergens you breathe in during the day." The high pollen count this week is leading to the sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and sore throat that sometimes is too much to handle. All those combined can make people really miserable. Buttram recommended people suffering to take allergy medication and a nasal decongestant like, Nasonex, or use a nasal saline.

However, relief could be as simple as opening your fridge and your mouth. "I believe fighting allergies has a lot to do with what we eat, you know, the lifestyles that we live," said nutritionist Todd Gilger. He agreed with research showing certain foods can fight allergies, and said, "foods that are high in magnesium, zinc, you know, vitamin d, all of your basic vitamins and minerals" can boost the immune system, and decrease inflammation.

Here's some foods that can put pollen to the test:

  • grapes
  • apples
  • wheat bran
  • milk
  • spicy foods
  • hot tea
  • salmon

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