During allergy season keeping symptoms under control can be a real challenge! It probably feels like you’re allergic to everything. Walking around sniffling, sneezing, and rubbing your eyes due to allergies is frustrating. And that’s why it’s time to find a way around it. Try to be proactive and use a natural approach to the problem as possible.
What causes an allergic reaction in your body?
Histamine, produced during an allergic reaction, causes the symptoms of allergies by stimulating the inflammatory response of the immune system. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. This reaction usually happens in allergy season and causes symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin.
Try these tips to help you make it through allergy season:
- Adjust your diet:
By eating an anti-inflammatory diet, this response may be lessened, and the severity of symptoms decreased. The cornerstones of an anti-inflammatory diet are:
Minimize consumption of processed and refined foods. Instead eat more fresh whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
Cut down consumption of animal protein (beef, pork, chicken, dairy products), except fish.
Avoid trans-fat and refined vegetable oils; instead, use expeller-pressed extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil.
Get tested by a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner and find out what underlying nutritional deficiencies may exist that, when corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, enables the body to repair itself, be healthier and more able to deal with anything in your environment.
2. Get tested by a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner
Find find out what underlying nutritional deficiencies may exist that, when corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, enables the body to repair itself, be healthier and more able to deal with anything in your environment.
3. Dress for the season.
Typically, the “allergy season” comes with lots of dust and pollen floating around in the air. If you dress for the season, you can limit the impact of allergens. Take a hooded jacket with you when going out. If you’re attending an outdoor event, the hood can limit your exposure to dust and pollen in the air. You’ve probably overlooked the fact that allergens make it to the surface of your skin. And it’s pretty easy for them to get into your air passages. Keep your skin covered when allergens are in the air.
4. Dehumidify your surroundings.
Allergens thrive when the surroundings are humid, so use a dehumidifier. You may not be able to get rid of every trace of allergens, but you’ll get much of it out. Check your local home goods store for a suitable dehumidifier. Be sure to note the size of your room so you’ll have it handy when shopping. Also make note of the type of furniture in your surroundings. Letting in as much natural air as possible helps in the dehumidifying process. When a room is closed off from the outdoors, it’s easier to become humid.
5. Change your sleeping habits.
Consider these sleeping routines that are ideal for combating allergens – changing your pillows every 3-6 months limits your exposure to house dust mites. These are known to trigger allergic reactions. Keep your pillowcases clean. Using the same pillowcases for more than 3 days increases your exposure to dust. It’s a good idea to allow natural air into the room, but not during the nighttime. While your body is asleep you’re unable to limit exposure to allergens from outside. Keep the windows closed or avoid sleeping directly below them.
You may not be able to hide from every allergen in your environment. What you can do is boost your body’s ability to deal with them. By implementing these tips, you can expect to feel less frustrated by allergens. Despite the elements around you, it’s possible to win the battle with allergies. With some proactive planning and preparation coupled with good nutrition you can limit the impact of the seasonal elements and enjoy more symptom-free days!