“Let Food be thy medicine, and they medicine be food.” Hippocrates, the great father of Western medicine said it best.
As one of the 25 million Americans who suffers from environmental seasonal allergies, spring is one of the most difficult seasons to deal with. As our trees and flowers bloom, so does the rise of pollen creating the symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and watery eyes.
Allergies can be very debilitating and affect our daily activities. And, even though there are many over the counter allergy medications and antihistamines that can very well clear up some of the symptoms, we often have to deal with the side effects of these meds, such as drowsiness, fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, dry mouth and often even constipation.
Prior to the antihistamine medications, the natural alternative to curing allergic reactions was to eat certain foods, plants and herbs that acted as antihistamines. Within these foods certain vitamins such as Vitamins A and C contain antihistamine properties and nutrients called quercertin and pycnogenol, which work to block the release of histamine-the chemical the body produces when it’s having an allergic reaction.
Amongst the many foods, pineapples have been considered the most important and best natural source of antihistamine because of its bromelain content. Bromelain is the enzyme which works to break down and digest histamine that circulates in the body.
As long as you don’t have any sensitivities to these foods, plants and herbs, my suggestion is to add some of the following antihistamine dense foods to your family’s daily menu 2-3 times a day.
An easy way to provide the body with these foods is to add them to your LiYa Dark Green Leafy Vegetable/Fruit Juice 2-3 times a day, every day.
Below are some antihistamine Foods, Plants and Herbs along with some Juicing recipes from my LiYa Juicing Detox Plan.
Foods rich in Vitamin A:
Foods rich in Vitamin C:
Red and Green Chili peppers
Foods rich in quercertin and pycnogenol:
Plants and Herbs (Please consult with a physician before consuming herbs for healing):
Antihistamine Dense Dark Green Leafy Vegetable/Fruit Juicing Recipes:
1 cup of cranberry juice
4 leaves of Kale
1 cup of Spinach
Bunch of parsley
3 slices of pineapple
1 cup of chilled Green Tea
1 bunch of parsley
3 leaves of Dandelion Greens
1 cup of Spinach
½ cup of blueberries
Don’t worry….Be Happy! Live a Healthy and Happy Life!!!