Allergy season is a time of year we almost all dread, especially if you live in Texas.  With the constant weather fluctuations, high pollen count and other allergens floating in the air, seasonal sniffs and sneezes can be incredibly frustrating.  The goal to reducing allergy symptoms is to lower the total inflammation within your immune system and ultimately, reduce your exposure to these allergens.  The good news is that taking an antihistamine isn't your only option.  In fact, there are some foods that have anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties that may help make allergy season a little bit more manageable.

If your immune system could use a nutritious, inflammation-reducing, allergy-fighting boost, read on.

Healthy Fatty Fish: The two types of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, found in fatty fish are excellent for reducing total inflammation throughout the body, which simultaneously helps fight the allergenic reaction.  Mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout and herring are some of the best sources of omega-3 fats.

Omega-3 Filled Nuts and Seeds: Walnuts and flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, similar to those found in fatty fish, and help reduce the inflammatory load in allergic individuals.  Additionally, flaxseeds contain the mineral selenium, which can help lower the allergic response, too.

Magnesium-Packed Foods: Cashews, almonds, spinach, black beans and avocados are all very high in magnesium, the mineral that helps open up and relax the muscles, including the bronchioles.  Try adding some of these, if not all, to your diet as much as possible, especially during allergy season.

Vitamin C Rich Fruits and Veggies: Strawberries, oranges and peppers are naturally high sources of vitamin C, that natural antihistamine.  While those with severe allergy symptoms should take therapeutic doses of nutritional vitamin C (Dr. Hotze recommends 1,000 mg of vitamin C per 25 pounds of body weight), you can also support this by eating foods that are rich in such an important allergy-fighting antioxidant.

Garlic: While you may need to carry around an extra toothbrush, garlic extract has been shown to help decrease the allergic reaction and can even help block the production of chemicals that cause allergic reactions.  Add garlic to your food whenever possible, and also consider supplementing with a high-quality garlic supplement.

While adding these foods to your diet throughout allergy season may benefit you, high-quality forms of omega-3s, magnesium, vitamin C and garlic are all also available to add to your custom My HotzePak.  Add these key nutrients to your custom vitamin pak at www.MyHotzepak.com, or call to speak with a nutritionist today at 281-646-1659.