by Frances Bloomfield, Natural News:
A runny nose, watery eyes, and wheezy breath can only mean one thing: seasonal allergies are back. If those over-the-counter-drops and sprays aren’t doing it anymore, then you should consider maintaining a well-stocked pantry as well. Nature has blessed us with a vast selection of pure ingredients that can be mixed and matched to deal with most ailments. This delicious and nutritious smoothie by MindBodyGreen.com is one such example.
You will need:
- 1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapples
- 2 pieces of medium-sized apples, cut into lengthwise slices
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 to 2 cups water
- 1 tsp of grated ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth. That’s all there is to it.
What each ingredient does for your body
The potency of pineapples lies in the bromelain — bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple juice and stems. This particular type of enzyme is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to balance out your immune system, and its efficacy in fighting off bacterial and viral activities. Pineapples are also rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that’s long been hailed as effective against cough and colds. Throat infections and sore throats can also be treated by a generous helping of pineapple.
In addition to containing high amounts of vitamin C, the other compounds found in applesare beneficial for anyone dealing with allergies. The skin, in particular, is notable for having quercetin, which is a flavonoid or plant pigment that reduces inflammation and balances out the immune system. Apple skin contains a concentration of antioxidants, so don’t peel it off to enjoy the benefits of those antioxidants, including the blood pressure-lowering epicatechin.
Even just a drizzling of honey is good for your body. With its antimicrobial properties, honey is a food that’s just excellent as protection against bacterial infections. This soothing and sweet substance a natural at keeping bacteria at bay, as well as boosting your immune responses. The National Honey Board has noted that honey contains “no vegetative forms of disease-causing bacterial spores”, which is the result of its ability to inhibit bacterial growth.
As a natural antiviral, ginger is another good plant that does well against cold-causing bacteria. As an organic antihistamine and decongestant, it helps ease cold symptoms. Ginger is also an antiseptic that defends your immune system, and a perspiration stimulant that can cleanse your other systems.
Any natural sugars in the fruit are neutralized by the fibers and prebiotics, so you need not worry about sacrificing your sugar levels for an allergy-free you.
Put all these together and you’ve got a tall glass of natural, allergy-fighting goodness that you can enjoy at any given time. Of course, you’re more than welcome to add any other ingredient that can help you beat your seasonal allergies. Strawberries and kiwis are other fruits that are dense with vitamin C, which is best taken pure and not in a supplement. The probiotics in yogurt can decrease your body’s immune response to allergies and in return reduce inflammation. Adding in a pinch of turmeric can infuse your smoothie with even more powerful anti-inflammatory qualities.