While most people think of spring as allergy season, autumn can be just as bad for many allergy sufferers thanks to ragweed and mold that is common this time of year. Fortunately, when it comes to allergies, food really is the best medicine. Here are some of my favorite allergy-busting juice recipes to give you some relief.
Carrot-Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Juice
Serves 1 to 2
Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps take down swelling and alleviate sinus pain. Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene needed for a healthy immune system and mucus membranes. Combined they make an excellent juice to help keep allergy symptoms at bay.
6 large carrots (remove tops)
1 to 2 inch piece of ginger, depending on how spicy you like your juice
Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Drink immediately.
The Citrus Sensation gives your body a serious vitamin C boost, which is essential to help heal overtaxed adrenal glands, which are usually an underlying factor in allergies.
1 cup water
Juice all citrus ingredients in a citrus juicer. Alternatively, peel and juice in a standard juicer. Add water and drink immediately.
Serves 1 to 2
The beets in this juice contain potent compounds known as anthocyanins which not only give foods their purplish-red color, also gives them natural anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the nasal, sinus and other inflammation linked to allergic reactions.
½ beet with greens
Juice all ingredients in a juicer. Drink immediately.
Enzyme Power Healing Smoothie
Serves 1 to 2
Not only is this smoothie delicious and satisfying, it is an amazing healer. Papaya, pineapple and ripe bananas are loaded with enzymes that help digestion, break down toxins, fat and inflammation in the body.
Bromelain in pineapple is an excellent all-natural anti-inflammatory that helps heal the gut, a precursor to many allergy symptoms. Papain, an enzyme that is plentiful in papaya, breaks down protein molecules in the blood, including inflammation that is linked to allergies.
Enjoy this smoothie as an occasional treat rather than a daily beverage since the pineapple and papaya have a lot of natural sugars that when drunk regularly can have the reverse effect.
1 cup chopped papaya
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (not canned)
4 ice cubes
water to blend to desired smoothie consistency.
I call this juice The Decongester because both pineapple and ginger help to alleviate inflammation and promote gut health, while the ginger adds some spice that helps clear sinuses.
½ pineapple, outer skin removed (juice the core as well as the flesh)
1 inch piece of ginger
Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Dilute with pure water to taste. Drink immediately.
Most bottled lemonade is full of sugar, the consumption of which is a factor for aggravating allergies. But you won’t miss it once you taste this delicious and super-healthy version.
Unlike most sweetened lemonade, thanks to the naturally sweet herb stevia, this lemonade keeps blood sugar levels stable. It tastes so good even kids will love it.
1-½ tsp. liquid stevia (approximately 90 drops) or more for a sweeter lemonade
6 cups pure water
Ice cubes for serving
Fresh mint (optional, as garnish)
Juice the lemons using a wooden or ceramic lemon juicer (or use an electric citrus juicer if you have one). Pour the juice into a large pitcher.
Add the stevia and top with water. Stir to mix.
Pour over ice and add mint leaves (if using) to garnish. Serve.
Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Allergy-Proof Your Life: Natural Remedies for Allergies that Work!