Saladgeries? Sallergies? Seasonal Allergies? Slurring yr words due to allergy medication? Well I'm not. I mumble all the time, regardless. I also hate taking medicine if I don't have have have to and would much rather rely on the bounties of nature - and eat while I'm at it, because that's my favorite thing to do.
As a kid I had bad hay fever and allergies (as well as an severe case of weird) but they haven't been so bad in recent years. However, I heard that this is one of the worst allergy seasons in a long time and I can feel it. My symptoms are mostly wheezing and coughing. Here are a few tips I picked up from the book that might help if you're affected similarly. My eyes have been itchy too, but I've just taken to rubbing them angrily to help in that department.*
-Citrus fruits contain liminoids, which protect lung tissue and reduce mucus build-up
-The omega 3 oils in walnuts (and flax seeds and soy beans) inhibit chemicals that trigger airway restriction
-Magnesium improves overall lung function
-The caspaicin in hot peppers is a natural decongestant and expectorant
-Certain compounds found in thyme and oregano have been found to loosen phlegm and soothe bronchial spasms.
-Raw, local honey may help with allergies because it contains the local pollen and helps your immunity.
I came up with a cooling chopped salad that incorporates some of these tips:
Anti-Allergy Salad (that is, unless, you're allergic to any of the ingredients) (that's Greg's joke)
serves 4 as a side
1 small yellow squash, chopped
1/2 de-seeded cucumber, chopped
1 1/2 c frozen and thawed lima beans
1/4 c raw sunflower seeds
juice from one lemon
1 TBS honey (or agave)
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp crumbled dried thyme
dash cayenne pepper
-Mix all your vegetables together.
-Throw in sunflower seeds, lemon, honey, and spices. Let sit to marinate or eat immediately!
This was pretty tasty, but only as good as its components! Use this as an excuse to support yr local farmer's markets. Organic and fresh as possible mean the nutrients in these raw veg are at their peak. This is high in fiber, protein, and magnesium and the lemon and herbs give it a nice kick. Sub edamame for the limas if you want and I bet a bit of chopped garlic would be nice in here too (garlic also may help prevent respiratory ailments - but it's all around good for you)
*Oh, and not to insult yr intelligence or anything, but I'm not a doctor. You guys know that, right? I'm a kid who works in a bookstore and reads a lot of nutrition books. I'm not diagnosing or pretending to cure anything here, but hey, at the very least, you get a tasty salad.