No, I’m not talking about hearing the first Christmas Carol of the season (although amazingly I heard it yesterday) I’m speaking of the sneezing, sniffling nose and itchy eye Fall season. Unfortunately just when we can open our windows again to let in fresh air, the pollen and ragweed seems to be most prevalent! What’s a person to do? Prepare beforehand!
Contrary to popular belief, histamine is not our enemy! It’s simply one powerful tool God uses to balance His fantastic human creation! Histamine is an influential way the body protects us by dilating blood vessels and stimulating secretions from the glands which release protein from our cells so we can flush away foreign particles. Amazing isn’t it? . . . and some think this all happened by chance.
Antihistamines such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra and Triaminic, meant to protect the body are to be taken only rarely. They are drugs and therefore have side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, irritability, dizziness, irregular heartbeat . . . oh joy. These antihistamines were developed by man to “help” us overcome histamines. God however created natural antihistamines in food as a way to balance our system. So who do you think I put my trust in?
Please understand that I am not against drugs, only man’s chronic use of them. When God stated in 1 Corinthians 10: 13 that He would always provide a way to escape, was He perhaps including natural health remedies as well? Start now to protect your immune system through these natural antihistamine remedies found in food:
1. Vitamin C
So much to choose from: all citrus fruits, cranberries, garlic, lettuce, strawberries, mangoes, papaya, cabbage, cantaloupe, asparagus, cayenne pepper, green peas, radishes, potatoes, kiwi, raspberries, tomatoes, honeydew, pineapple, red and green peppers, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green onions . . . whew, take a breath!
A powerful antioxidant that also contains natural antihistamine properties which help stabilize cells to prevent the release of histamine. It can be found in citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, legumes, berries and buckwheat.
3. Include Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines as well as olive, canola oil and walnuts.
4. Green, chamomile, ginger and herbal teas contains powerful antioxidant powers. It blocks histamine production and shuts down the body’s receptors that react to allergens.
5. Local Honey: Bees of course ingest the pollen from the area fauna and then we, by consuming their local honey, can build up a tolerance against local allergy-induced causes. Add honey to the tea and Bam! You’ve got double whammy protection!
6. Hot peppers, horseradish, wasabi, cayenne pepper, spicy ginger, tabasco sauce . . . anything that will make your nose run will clear out your lungs too, allowing you to breathe better.
7. Garlic – My favorite all round protective food, garlic can be eaten raw in salad dressings, prepared as a dip for whole grain bread or used in a myriad of recipes for beef, chicken, pork or fish and of course pasta. Garlic restores and builds the immune system!
8. The probiotic effect of Yogurt. Try low-fat Mountain High, Stoney Field Farms, Fage, Brown Cow or Dannon Natural Yogurt with berries, walnuts, sprinkled with milled flax-seed for some immune-building protection.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37: 3-4
Try God’s Medicinal Garden to have an allergy-free season!