No matter how strong you've become from your off-season weight training program, tiny airborne pollen from the blossoms of spring can knock you out before game time. Plan your best defense now, before annoying spring allergy symptoms make you feel worse than hitting into a double play or being kept out of the starting line-up.
Strike Out Sniffles and Coughs With This Strategy
Build up Your Immune System
Just as you would in the winter months, build up your immune system by making sure to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals, and sleep seven to nine hours each night.
Spring Checklist for Your Pantry
Water and Water-Based Foods and Beverages
Drinking plenty of water and taking in water-based foods and beverages make breathing easier. Water, clear (not creamy) soups and tea act as natural decongestants, helping thin out mucus to reduce sinus and chest congestion. (See I Hate Water: Healthy Alternatives to H2O.)
Lime and Honey: Natural Anti-Histamines
Lime is an especially effective anti-histamine. Histamines are natural chemicals in the body that trigger an allergic response by producing mucus in the nose and throat. Drink the juice of half a lime mixed with warm water and honey a few times daily to breathe easier and eliminate allergy symptoms. Honey, particularly organic honey, also reduces allergy issues.
Hot Spicy Foods
Spicy foods such as cayenne pepper, hot mustard, garlic and onions are natural decongestants, clearing swollen nasal passages to promote normal breathing.
Vitamin C- and E-Rich Foods
Fight allergies with vitamin C-rich strawberries, cherries, kiwis, oranges, lemons, limes, peppers, tomatoes and cabbage, and with potent vitamin E-rich foods such as spinach, olives, olive oil, almonds and sunflower seeds. (Learn more about the Benefits of Vitamin C.)
Olive Oil and Other Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Olive oil, grapes, and green tea are excellent dietary combatants against sinus allergies.
Walnuts, sardines, mackerel, tuna, salmon, soybeans, and flax seed contain allergy-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.
Apples, onions, parsley, grapes, and green tea contain the antioxidant and powerful natural anti-histamine quercetin.
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