It’s hay fever season and how many times have you moaned (and sneezed) about that darn pollen! So why is it that your swollen eyelids and other allergic responses get worse every year but the amount of pollen remains constant? While pollen may be the trigger, it’s taking the bum rap for the underlying issue which is inflammatory foods.
Pollen is neither a universal irritant nor a primary culprit of allergic rhinitis or other inflammatory responses, like bloating or arthritis. Let’s examine in greater detail why pollen doesn’t cause hay fever and then move on to the cure.
An allergic response is an inflammatory response. When there’s inflammation in, for example, your upper respiratory tract, then a speck of pollen further aggravates an already irritated system. In a heroic effort to shed irritants, your body produces sticky mucus and phlegm in an attempt to catch and trap those irritants and then to expel them with a sneeze or cough.
While conventional treatment with antihistamines or steroids may ease hay fever, their side effects are a high price to pay, and drugs don’t address the underlying problem. Natural treatments like acupuncture or herbs can ease symptoms and support overall well-being, but—and here’s the good news—you can give yourself a far more powerful daily “treatment,” as I’ll explain.
Mentally compare a microscopic speck of ragweed pollen with several platefuls of the inflammatory foods that you typically eat in a day. The common foods that create an inflammatory response include: bread and other baked goods, breakfast cereal, dairy products, pasta, margarine, packaged snack foods, soft drinks, fruit juice, candy and chips. Eat these highly inflammatory foods and your body will likely produce copious mucus and “that darn pollen” takes the rap.
Are you ready to pass on the sneezes or other allergic responses this year? Then upgrade your diet. Favor non-inflammatory foods: freshly prepared vegetables, meat and fruits. Yes, three times a day you can feast on foods that are actually your best prevention-—what a pleasurable solution.