Eat Onions and Garlic
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You may need a breath mint, but it's worth it to ease the symptoms of allergies. Both are high in quercetin, an antioxidant that may prevent cells from releasing histamine. Not a fan of the flavors? Try a quercetin supplement, like Natural D-Hist ($19; shop-ortho.com).
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A recent study found that people who suffer from the symptoms of allergies had lower levels of an allergic reaction marker after kissing a loved one than when they didn’t lock lips. Smooching may ease the inflammation caused by stress, reducing the symptoms of allergies.
Sip Green Tea
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Researchers from Japan’s Kyushu University found that a compound in green tea called EGCG may block the production of histamine and IgE. For the healthiest brew, steep the leaves for three minutes and sip away the symptoms of allergies.
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Every time you enter your home, you track in pollen, which lead to many of the symptoms of allergies. “Take off your shoes as soon as you step foot in the door,” says Howard. “And sweep and mop your floors at least once a week.”
Load Up on Vitamin C
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Vitamin C is a proven antihistamine. “During allergy season, I tell my patients to take 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C every day,” says Martha Howard, M.D., an integrative medicine physician at the Wellness Associates of Chicago.