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For many, the change in season also marks the beginning of allergy season. Yes, we are not there just yet (keep savoring the summer!), but by planning ahead with these helpful tips, you might be able to get through it with a bit more preparation and ease.

Eat foods that reduce histamines and avoid the ones that cause them

Yes, there are foods that can both help and hurt your allergies. Apples, red onions, grapes, broccoli, beans, and gluten-free grains can all help. Try to avoid or limit alcohol, cured, dried, or smoked meats, aged cheeses, and dried fruits. If you are allergic to ragweed, avoid bananas, melon, cucumber, white potatoes, and zucchini.

Eliminate allergens in the home

Air filtration systems are a fantastic way to keep allergens from running wild in your home. I personally have one in my house and at our yoga studio to keep the air clean and germ free. On high pollen days, close your windows and run your fans instead. Make sure to dust, vacuum and sweep regularly.

Take herbs to keep symptoms at bay

You can do this in a variety of ways such as drinking them in a tea, taking vitamins, or ingesting tinctures. Some herbs that help are Holy Basil (Tulsi), Siberian Ginseng, and Elderberry.

Allergy season will be here before you know it, so have a plan ready to keep you and your family sniffle free.

Adapted from the September/October 2021 issue of Yoga Journal

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