Spring is a wonderful time of the year. The flowers and trees are blooming, new life is springing up everywhere. But if you suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma it might not seem quite as wonderful to you, in fact it can make you life down right miserable. Learn the facts and some tips to help make Springtime pleasurable for you.
Just Some Useful Information:
As the temperatures rise, the humidity increases, mold spores are rapidly growing, and all the trees and plants begin to blossom and fill the air with pollen. The spring air and wind spread all these allergens throughout the atmosphere and can cause havoc for allergy and asthma suffers. So where ever you live if you are sensitive to any of these allergens you might have a hard time finding refuge from these triggers. If you are one of these people you are not alone because at least 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis or better known as hay fever every year.
The immune system sees pollen, mold, and other allergens as foreign invaders and releases antibodies to protect and attack which releases histamines into the blood. The histamines trigger all the symptoms.
Did you know that pollen is not the real problem causing seasonal allergies are one of the mildest forms of autoimmune disease and a gentle warning by the body that more autoimmunity problems are on the way if the gut problem is not dealt with.
Development of sudden seasonal allergies or those that worsen each year is a sign that gut health is deteriorating and steps should be taken with the diet to rectify the situation.
Common Allergy symptoms: Sometimes is can be difficult to tell the difference between spring seasonal allergies and the common cold.
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Airborne allergens also can trigger asthma and make it very difficult to breathe, shortness of breathe and lead to coughing and wheezing.
- Allergies can lead to sinus infection and affect your work or school performance
- Cause insomnia and disrupt your sleep
Useful Tips To Help Control Your Symptoms:
- Eliminate pasteurized dairy in any form from your diet. Pasteurization of dairy denatures fragile milk proteins and renders then allergenic among other problems. Raw grass-fed dairy is an excellent alternative here and many times can greatly reduce or eliminate symptoms.
- Look to significantly reduce or eliminate grains and sugars in all forms from your diet. Many people with seasonal allergies report great improvement when gluten or all grains and sugar is followed particularly during allergy season.
- Check pollen count daily and if it is very high that day – try to stay indoors as much as possible or plan to do any necessary activities either early in the morning or later in the day when the pollen count is lower.
- Keep your windows closed as much as possible and run the air conditioner when humility and pollen are high.
- On a windy day if you go outside, wear an allergy mask on your face so that you are not breathing in the allergens.
- Check humidity levels and if they are high and/or if the wind is blowing I would suggest you try to stay indoors.
- If you are outside – as soon as you come in change all your clothing (wash them immediately) and take a shower washing your hair to remove any pollen, mold or other allergens that might be on you.
- Avoid fertilizers and toxic pesticides and use natural and organic products in your lawn and garden. If your neighbor is using any such items stay clear of them.
- When working in your lawn and garden whether cleaning your flower beds or trimming bushes – wear allergy mask such as an organic cotton mask (this works best for me) an a good pair of protective gloves to protect yourself from mold or any other allergens. I always do when I am working in my flower garden or around and pollutant that I know might trigger symptoms. (To find the best allergy masks that are custom design for your personal needs – check out www.ncchem.com/mask.htm)
- Do not hang your wash outside to dry – the pollen will stick to your clothes as it flows through the air – use your dryer.
Using some of the tips I have provided can help reduce you allergies symptoms naturally. Before you try taking any prescription drugs or OTC medication that can have harmful side why not try some of the many things that nature provides for us? There are many natural and herbal remedies that can control and help you live peacefully and enjoy the warm weather. I will continue to give you some of the best alternative home remedies in my next article. So remember to live green, healthy and in harmony with nature.