Hello again, savvy savers! Looking out of my kitchen windows I can currently see that the leaves from my beautiful Maple and Pecan trees are starting to fall. The hot, humid days of summer are giving way to crisp, cool, throw-an-extra-blanket-on-the-bed nights days (unless you live in Mississippi where we have a true Indian Summer and humidity may again rear its ugly head). And this change could not come soon enough for me! I love Fall, the sights, the smells, the food, the holidays,
I love Fall, the sights, the smells, the food, the holidays, and my favorite, anything pumpkin spice flavored!
Mind you, there is one exception to my list of fall favorites, my seasonal fall allergies. Now if you’re anything like me, this time of year your ragweed and allergy may have you running indoors, preventing you from seeing and experiencing all that is great this time of year.
If you feel like your allergies are starting sooner this year, don’t feel alone, because they are.
Ultimately, climate change, and the resulting higher temperatures fluctuation, paired with global increases to carbon dioxide levels, allow pollen-producing plants to live longer and to produce more and more mega-potent pollen. And this year, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology announced that the season will extend through November, rather than ending at the end of September as it normally does.
Savvy savers, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer for 4 more weeks. For lately I have started on a new natural allergy fighting path and have found that there in fact foods you eat (and again should not eat) can help stifle your sniffling, watery eyes, and general malaise.
What’s more awesome is that the foods that are particularly helpful in fighting allergies are seasonal food options, currently available now from your farmers’ market and super-centers, at reduced, stock-up and Blanche-me-now pricing! So now is the time to hit the market for these nine fabulous, frugal, fresh finds!
1) BROCCOLI: This dinner staple serves two purposes in fighting your allergy symptoms. It’s high in allergy-relieving Vitamin C, and it’s a member of the crucifer family, plants that have been shown to clear out blocked-up sinuses. Researchers from Johns Hopkins have found about 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day can ease allergy symptoms, and just 1 cup of raw broccoli packs about 80 mg.
2) KALE: This superfood contains another awesome form of vitamin A which is thought to improve allergy symptoms. A number of studies have shown that people with low vitamin A stores are more likely to have asthma and allergy problems. And as savvy savers, why often see savings app deals on Kale weekly, making this an affordable, natural option this season.
3) COLLARD GREENS: In full disclosure, I must admit that I love collard greens! As a southerner, it’s a staple in out home, especially in the fall, and for New Year’s Day meals! However, if your nose is being hijacked by hay fever, serving collard greens weekly can help!. Their phytochemical content eases allergy issues. The darker the leaves, the higher the carotenoid content. A twice weekly serving of these affordable greens can truly help!
4) ONIONS AND GARLIC: Onions and garlic are packed with quercetin, which is a natural antihistamine, and helps quell inflammation in your system, which helps stem the side effects associated with allergic inflammation, such as stuffy noses and watery eyes. Consider couponing to score free frozen onions and garlic, awesome for quick stir fry meals, and sandwiches this fall!
5) PUMPKINS: This visually appealing fall staple, is rich in allergy-fighting carotenoids, the form of vitamin A, which helps the body to better ward off allergies. There are hundreds of ways to consume this festive beauty, including coffees, bread, soups, stews, pies, and much more!
6) CARROTS: This carotenoid powerhouse contain lots of healthy beta-carotene, to help ward off your ragweed drudgery. Consider throwing carrot sticks in for lunches, or trying glazed carrots with dinners.
7) CELERY: Celery is full of vitamin C, making it an affordable allergy tool. But did you also know that celery can also help high blood pressure and chronic pain? Consumed raw or cooked, you will benefit from this veggie, without losing access to its nutrients. And don’t ignore the leaves; chop those up for use in soups and stews to get their vitamin C content, as well!
8) STINGING NETTLE: This affordable herb helps stifle the inflammation, as contains histamine, the chemical your body produces during an allergic reaction, so by taking this herb, you can help your body acquire tolerance to seasonal allergies.
9) CRANBERRIES: This seasonal beauty is a powerful tool in terms of antioxidant fighting. This fruit can be your new go-to to fight free radicals. A bonus? Cranberries, to its role in the synthesis of collagen, can help keep you looking younger too! Savvy savers know, this coming season will many BOGO deals for fresh, dried, and frozen cranberries.
I hope these tips can help you naturally fight your fall seasonal allergies too!
Here’s to your health,