With allergy season in full swing, I have already had my moments of itchy eyes, head pressure, a stuffed nose, and even skin redness. These symptoms are never fun, but unfortunately it is something that comes with this time of year. To help any skin redness that occurs on my body from grass pollen, I turn to coconut oil to help soothe the skin and alleviate the redness. This has been the best all-natural solution to this stubborn problem.
I came across an article on CNN Health that gave me some good insight on allergies. I would have never thought that some foods may actually be contributing to my allergies and I could fix a few simple things to help eliminate any potentially cross-contamination.
According to the article, “Those who have pollen allergies can get a triggered reaction from eating certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices that happens because the proteins in some foods are similar to those allergy-causing proteins in some pollen.
Birch Pollen – Those who are allergic to birch pollen may react to apples, celery, hazelnuts, and raw potatoes. Raw peaches and pears may also cause increased reaction to those allergic to birch pollen.
Ragweed Pollen – Ragweed pollen season usually starts in the fall in August and lasts until November. Bananas, watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupes may be a food to avoid for those with ragweed allergies.
Grass Pollen – Summertime marks the start of grass pollen allergies, which may cause many different allergy symptoms. Those with grass allergies should be weary of oranges, peanuts, melons, tomatoes, and white potatoes.
Mugwort Pollen – This microscopic pollen can grow up to 6-feet tall! If allergic to mugwort pollen, take caution when consuming garlic, onions, celery, and spices such as caraway seeds, parsley, coriander, and anise seeds.”
For those who suffer from allergies or may not even know they do, it’s definitely important to take the foods you touch and consume into consideration when trying to avoid allergies. Be sure to check out how coconut oil can help with seasonal allergies with these 8 tips! Going beyond seasonal allergies, this blog post has some great recipes that focus on food allergies, using coconut oil as a soy, dairy, and gluten-free alternative. For more information, make sure to visit CNN Health for the full article.