It’s springtime – ya!
Unless you have seasonal allergies. Then boooo!
I am one of the lucky ones, I typically don’t suffer from seasonal allergies. But, I often do get a cold this time of year.
So why all the runny noses?
Sometimes it’s a result of all the new growth. Fresh cut grass, blooming trees and flowers, and weeds all release pollen, which results in major suffering for those with allergies.
And colds are more common likely because of the fluctuation in temperature and weather. Cold nights and hot days, mixed with more rainy days, plays havoc on our immune system and makes it harder for our body to fight invaders.
Regardless if you have allergies or a springtime cold, we can all agree that being sick during the warm days of spring sucks.
To help all of us avoid feeling sick this spring I put together a list of remedies and preventions for both seasonal allergies and the cold.
Ways to help Boost Your Immune System
Symptoms of allergies and the springtime cold are dependent on your overall health. The best way to prevent allergies or the cold, or at least reduce the symptoms, is to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong.
These foods will make allergies and the springtime cold worse:
Sugar – There is a large body of research that shows that sugar makes you sicker. Sugar makes it harder for your body to fight invaders by weakening your white blood cells. As well, sugar promotes inflammation – which, if your body can’t manage properly, will make your symptoms greater and more susceptible to other illnesses and diseases.
Conventional Dairy – According to Mayo Clinic, pasteurized milk and other dairy products can make congestion even worse. Dairy can make phlegm thicker and cause more irritation.
Fake Food (or processed food) – fake food or highly processed food that is found in a box or at a fast food outlet offer little nutrients, and are often high in sugar and chemicals like food colouring and preservatives. These foods will not help your immune system, and may in fact make it harder for your immune system to do its job.
Seasonal Allergies and Springtime Cold Prevention Tips
If you are suffering from allergies or a cold, or you just want to prevent getting them, here are a list of foods that may help you feel great this spring.
Bone Broth – Chicken soup really is good for the body (and the soul). Real, natural bone broth (not the broth found in a box) is full of nutrients, vitamins and amino acids, which all support immunity. Bone broth has also been shown to have medicinal properties as well as help fight inflammation.
Water – it may seem obvious, but most of us don’t drink enough water when we are healthy, and definitely not when we are sick. Water has been shown to help loosen up the congestion. As well, it combats dehydration, which is an extra stressor your body does not need when it is sick.
Ginger – raw ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, like gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zingerone. As inflammation is a natural response of our immune system to a stressor, assisting our immune system moderate and reduce the inflammation with ginger may prove to help fight the springtime cold or seasonal allergies.
Garlic – helps boost the immune system with its antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It may help reduce the severity and length of your cold, as well as avoid it all together.
Apple Cider Vinegar – There are a few studies that suggest distilled and organic apple cider vinegar can help alleviate symptoms of allergies by boosting the number of antibodies as well as helping reduce inflammation.
Springtime is a time for green grass, leaves on trees and blooming flowers. But it’s also the time for runny noses. The absolute best way to reduce springtime allergy or cold suffering is to eat whole, real food and avoid processed junk and fake food. Bone broth, water, ginger, garlic and apple cider vinegar can all assist your immune system in staying strong and fighting the good fight.