You can eat this food to help fight seasonal allergies

Spring has sprung, and so has the pollen! Luckily, relief is simple with one of our favorite foods that help with allergies.

There’s so much to celebrate about spring, but having to conquer your allergy symptoms is not one of them. With all of the medications, neti pots and even essential oils out there promising to help, most of us don’t tend to think of foods as a potential solution. You may have tried hot tea with honey in the past, but now there’s a new—and delicious—remedy to try. Fresh, juicy pineapple could be just what you’ve been missing.

Pineapple’s tropical sweetness just screams summer, and tastes fabulous on its own, but you can also grill it for a healthy and sweet dessert, or even use it for a glaze in a hearty chicken dinner. While the recipes for pineapple are endless, so are its health benefits—especially when it comes to seasonal allergies.

Gochujang sauce

Korean food and flavors were on the rise in 2018. “We have seen a rise in pickling, fermenting, and fire-roasting in the culinary world, thanks in part to newfound Western interest in ancient cooking techniques. Gochujang hits on all three pillars, and its exotic flavor is appealing to adventurous eaters,” wrote The Daily Meal

Keto brownies

The Ketogenic diet was the the most searched diet in 2018, so it’s no surprise people were also looking for ways to still eat their favorite treats. 

Keto chili

For the most part, keto chili is the same as regular chili, but without the beans.

Keto cookies

Keto cookies typically use almond or coconut flour and olive oil or coconut oil to achieve their low-carb, high-fat status. 

Necco Wafers

Necco closed its factory in July after being bought out by an investment company at a bankruptcy auction in May, and people were freaking out. Then in September, the Toledo Blade reported that an Ohio candy company who also produces Dum Dum lollipops and candy canes purchased Necco and hopes to reintroduce the brand in 2020. 

See? Everything will be OK. 

Keto cheesecake

While most diets don’t allow for dessert, the keto diet encourages a high (healthy) fat diet. Hence, the uptick in desserts “made healthy.” 

Keto Pancakes

Keto pancakes are made with almond flour and strive to omit any and all sugar, so no maple syrup for the keto-dieters. 

CBD Gummies

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is derived from the Cannabis plant (yes, weed). But unlike THC, it won’t get you high. CBD is said to provide a sense of calm and relaxation, and help with some medical issues like epilepsy. It’s legal in many U.S.states

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce was recalled and blacklisted by the Center for Disease Control multiple times in 2018 thanks to widespread E.Coli outbreaks. U.S. Consumers were advised not to eat it, while retailers and restaurants were advised not to sell it. 

Unicorn Cake

The Unicorn Cake trend actually dates back to 2016, when posting colorful foods to Instagram first took off. 

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Why Pineapple?

Pineapple is one of the foods that help with allergies. It’s full of healthy vitamin C, but the fruit’s true allergy powerhouse is an enzyme called bromelain. And guess what? This enzyme fights inflammation to help reduce the swelling and irritation brought on by pollen and other seasonal allergens. Bromelain can also be taken as a supplement, although eating pineapple is not only way tastier but in some cases more economical, and may even be more beneficial.

How does it work?

When we spend time outdoors and start to feel those symptoms come on, it is because we’re experiencing swelling in our noses. That’s what causes the feeling of not being able to breathe through your nose—and the constant need to keep a pack of tissues nearby.

In addition to allergies, bromelain can even help reduce symptoms of asthma such as coughing and chest tightness by preventing the irritation and inflammation throughout your entire respiratory tract.

To get the health benefits of bromelain, start incorporating pineapple into your meals and notice if your allergies seem to improve. Try dicing some to add to your morning yogurt parfait or smoothie. One of the tastiest ways to add pineapple to a savory snack or dinner is by whipping up a spicy salsa with pineapple, tomatoes, green chilies and jalapenos. And maybe the heat will help clear out your sinuses even more!

So go on and smell the roses, and whatever else a spring breeze blows your way. Just make sure to keep the pineapple handy.

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