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6 Foods And Drinks To Relieve Your Nasal Allergies Effectively

6 Foods And Drinks To Relieve Your Nasal Allergies Effectively

If you suffer from the effects of allergies such as runny nose, itchy eyes, shortness of breath, and wheezing, then chances are you’ve been prescribed a plethora of decongestants, antihistamines, and corticosteroids to ease the symptoms. While medicines are great at keeping those annoying manifestations of common allergies at bay, making simple changes to your diet can also help you feel better.

Here are 6 foods and drinks that can help towards lessening irritating symptoms and give your body a fighting chance of relief.

1. Drinking Green Tea

There doesn’t seem to be anything green tea can’t do. Packed full of antioxidants, getting your daily dose of the stuff can provide huge health benefits such as fighting cancer, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis. Studies[1] have found that the antioxidant EGCG, which is highly prevalent in green tea, fights allergic reactions because the compounds responsible for triggering allergic reactions — histamine and immunoglobulin — are blocked. In other words, it’s a natural antihistamine.

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It’s recommended that drinking a cup of green tea when you wake up can help prevent morning sneezing.

2. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world, proven by the long lifespans of the people who eat it on a daily basis. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, and nuts are all huge parts of the diet and are also packed full of antioxidants which protect cells from the oxidative damage that goes on to cause disease.

A study[2] showed the amazing health benefits when it comes to asthma and allergies. In it, children who ate a rich Mediterranean diet were more protected from the symptoms of asthma and nasal allergies. In particular, grapes, oranges, apples, and fresh tomatoes were the main foods that helped against wheezing and nasal allergy symptoms.

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3. Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are best known for maintaining a healthy digestion, but how is this linked to allergies? The health of your digestive tract is pretty essential for your overall health, but in particular, the delicate balance of microflora can help you fight off allergens and infections therefore boosting your immune system.

The positive effects probiotics found in foods such as yoghurt have been found to reduce growth of bad bacteria and have a direct influence on immune response and stimulate production of immune-enhancing substances. Therefore, adding probiotics to your gut can help to ease symptoms of nasal allergies.

4. Quercetin-Rich Foods

Quercetin[3] is a bioflavonoid found in certain foods that has been found to be pretty powerful in providing allergy relief. They work by acting as mast-cell stabilizers — mast cells being responsible for releasing histamine — which means the number of cells that react to an allergen is reduced.

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Foods such as apples, onions, tea, and red wine are rich in quercetin and can help relieve symptoms of nasal allergies if consumed.

5. Foods Rich In Vitamin C

Vitamin C[4] is wonderful for allergy relief because it inhibits inflammatory cells from releasing histamine. High levels of the vitamin help to break down histamine faster and therefore provide relief from nasal symptoms. It also does this in another way by actually reducing the inflammation and counteracting the inflammatory effects of free radicals.

A lot of vitamin C is found in fresh fruits such as watermelon, oranges, apples, and strawberries, as well as vegetables like broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, and red pepper.

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6. Foods Rich In Vitamin E

The gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E has been found to reduce symptoms of allergies — especially when it comes to the nasal passages. This sort of vitamin E is found in soyabean oil and, while high doses were used in studies, replacing your usual oil with this vitamin E-rich version will no doubt aid in relieving annoying symptoms.

Isn’t Wasabi Good For Nasal Congestion?

Actually, this is a myth. Wasabi has been long thought of as a good way to clear out congestion and relieve nasal allergy symptoms, but in fact it does the opposite.

While the peppery substance can seem like it’s shifting all sorts with watery eyes, runny noses, and sneezing after consumption, it doesn’t actually help in reducing nasal problems such as sinus congestion[5]. Studies show that eating wasabi and other spicy foods actually increases mucus production in the nasal pathways.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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