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Home remedies for allergies

23 Sep 2020

Allergic reactions don’t always come with a warning but one can avoid allergens to keep them at bay. Whether a fit of sneezing or sudden itching of the skin, you can try some of these safe home remedies for relief:

Citrus drinks
A majority of allergies arise during spring when the scorching heat of the sun gets harsher every passing day. This also makes you want to binge on refreshing cool drinks. Citrus fruits can not only energise and refresh your body, they also contain good amounts of Vitamin C which aid in fighting seasonal allergies by boosting your immune system. 

Red onion water
Onions contain a water soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which is known to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies. When you inhale pollen, your body immediately releases a chemical compound called histamine, which triggers the immune responses in the body. As such, antibodies are released that fight against the allergens. But the release of histamine also causes certain reactions in the body, which are what we experience as symptoms of allergy, such as sneezing, etc. Onion is nature’s version of an anti-histamine. Quercetin also acts as a bronchodilator, opening up airways and helping you breathe easier.

Apples and walnuts
Walnuts are a daily snack that you can enjoy to help ease allergy symptoms. Being high in magnesium content, they help curb down wheezing or coughing. Their vitamin E content can boost immunity and protect the body from reacting to allergens. Apples also contain quercetin, and naturallyreduce the production of histamine. Several studies have confirmed that an apple a day really does keep allergies at bay.

Hot and spicy food
Hot and spicy food tends to make the mucus secretion in your nose thin down, thus making the nose cleaner and clearer. This enables you to breathe more efficiently. While consuming spicy foods, your body will naturally loosen the mucus and phlegm that is clogging your body. Spicy foods include chilli peppers, horseradish and wasabi.

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