5 Diet Hacks to Alleviate Fall Allergies

Girl standing outside in the fall.

There’s plenty to celebrate about the arrival of fall: cooler temperatures, changing leaves, football, and plenty of pumpkin. Unfortunately, the arrival of hay fever is not one of the things to celebrate. As allergies start to go into full swing thanks to increased pollen levels outside, it can be hard to take in all the good parts of the season between all of the sneezing, coughing, and itching. When that’s the case, it might be helpful to turn to your diet for some relief. Here are the tips to try!

Have some green tea.

When it comes to fending off allergies, one of the biggest advantages of green tea is its high antioxidant content. In particular, the antioxidant Epigallocetechin gallate, or EGCG, has an antihistamine effect on the body, which means that it can help reduce allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and a runny nose.

Avoid bananas.

While a healthy diet – i.e. one that includes a good amount of fruits and vegetables – can be one of your best bets to strengthening your body and coping with allergies, it turns out that bananas might be better left out of your diet when it comes to coping with fall allergies. This is because the fruit can cause what’s called cross-reactivity due to the similarities between the proteins in bananas and the allergy-causing proteins in ragweed pollen, which can be a big allergy culprit between August – November.

Eat more probiotic-filled foods.

You may be most familiar with probiotics – think foods like yogurt and kefir – for their contribution to a healthy gut, but the food group can actually be something of a savior for some people when it comes to allergy season, too. It’s important to note, though, that while probiotics can reduce the levels of allergy-triggering antibodies in some people, they can actually increase them in others. This doesn’t mean you should take them off the table entirely, but just that you should approach them with a bit of caution.

Increase omega-3 intake.

Eating foods like salmon, tuna, and other fatty fish can help you up your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which has been linked to reduced levels of inflammation and, as a result, the alleviation of allergy symptoms and even conditions like asthma.

Cut back on the alcohol.

Because they contain histamine, the chemical triggers seasonal allergies, alcoholic beverages – beer, wine, and liquor – can be bad news when pollen counts start rising. Plus, wine and beer come with the added disadvantage of containing sulfites, which further exacerbate allergy symptoms like sneezing and itching.

Sometimes changing your diet might not be enough to completely alleviate your fall allergies, but it’s always a good idea to keep your diet rich in inflammation-reducers as well as antioxidant-containing foods. Even with a perfectly balanced diet, it’s difficult to get all of the proper nutrients your body needs to function at its best. Find out how WellPath can provide you with a customized solution to fill all of your nutritional gaps. Get started with a free survey here.

About Tamara Rahoumi

Tamara Rahoumi is a writer on The Path Editorial Team. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in magazine journalism at NYU. Her passion for wellness always has her researching the latest fitness trends, experimenting with recipes from superfood cookbooks, and working towards an overall healthier and happier lifestyle. In addition to reading her articles on The Path, you can follow her adventures on her lifestyle blog, The Curly Nomad.