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Get Spicy on Your Seasonal Allergies

It still amazes me that the tiny particles of pollen, barely visible to the naked eye, can zap my energy and make my nose run and run. Allergies are three times worse this year than the last, and I, for one, am feeling it.

One easy, quick and natural way to combat congestion is to eat spicy food. Adding a little heat to your meal can clear your sinuses and act as nature's decongestant. If hay fever is getting the best of you, don't shy away from the wasabi at your next sushi meal. Feel free to spoon on the hot salsa on your scrambled eggs for breakfast. When ordering your next curry, be it Thai or Indian, request for them to crank up the heat. Experiment with horseradish and hot mustard too. Just keep those tissues handy.

Do you like spicy food? How do you add heat to your meals? Tell me in the comments section below.


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dameneko dameneko 9 years
i loves me some spicy food, too! i love to add jalapenos to my stir-fry, red pepper flakes to my pasta sauce, and spicy korean miso to my tofu dishes. wasabi is the most awesome decongestant...feel the burn!!
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 years
good to see others are enjoying spicy food. i basically cook exclusively spicy foods, or i munch on a fresh hot pepper. serrano chile peppers are one of my favs, and with each bite of food, i take i bit of the chile pepper. oh, habanero peppers can be dangerous, but i ate one to see how hot it was. i was able to eat it by itself. but yeah it might be much for 99% of people. but i had an idea on making a fruit salsa with mango and minced habanero, mint and clilantro. i think that would be a good combo with sea food, or something like that. well happy eating, and to all those who might not like spicy food, start off mild. eventually you will find when you aren't eating spicy, it is as if there is something missing from your meal. plus many chili peppers have loads of vitamin c/antioxidants.. especially red chili peppers :)
bibelot bibelot 9 years
This DOES work - I met a friend for Indian food last weekend and the (delicious) lamb curry made my nose run! It drove me crazy while I was eating, but afterwards I could breathe easy...
AMP AMP 9 years
I always say that I like my food two temps, hot and hotter! I add the red chili pepper flakes to almost everything! Salads, soups, steamed veggies, fish, meat, etc. When eating sushi I add as much wasabi as I can possibly handle. I love hot salsa on almost everything also and I'll just eat jalepenos by the slice.
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
ExpressionEleven, I do the same thing! I bring "hot stuff" (red chili powder or crushed red chili flakes) with me as well. I generally have HORRIBLE allergies, and have for years used hot spices to clear my head. Also, crushed red chili flakes (you know: the kind in the shaker at pizza restaurants, next to the parmesan shaker) make chicken noodle soup even MORE delicious!!! Try it next time, y'all! :)
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
I'm about to head off to South Korea, and I think while I'm there, I'm not going to have too many congestion issues =) Yay gochujang (aka, hot pepper paste)!
ExpressionEleven ExpressionEleven 9 years
I love spicy foods. I use Red Hot on my eggs and corned beef hash when we go out to breakfast on the weekends and I keep a small container of cayenne pepper in my purse (seriously) for when we eat out and those 'spicy dishes' just aren't spicy enough! And while this may sound odd - a tea made from cayenne pepper powder and hot water does wonders for a sore throat. Might not sound very yum - but it really ain't bad.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow I had no idea...
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