Reducing Spring Allergy Symptoms
Grass is starting to come back and giving off pollen, trees are blooming and sending out pollen, mold is growing inside and outside due to the damp winter. In some place there is also airborne dust flying around. All of these could create an environment in your body to allow you to succumb to spring airborne allergies.
What can you do to reduce your symptoms? Support your immune system!
You could also take supplements that support the respiratory system like Chinese Golden Seal Root, Spirulina, and Conco®.
Helping your body release the toxins that are creating the spring allergies is also a good idea and that means drinking Calli® tea and Fortune Delight® throughout the day and chewing Citric C™ Tabs at regular intervals.
The most important aspect of reducing seasonal allergy symptoms is keeping your body strong. The best way to do that is to keep your blood sugar balanced all day by eating breakfast first thing in the morning and snacking on protein snacks every few hours. You can have a hardboiled egg, a small handful of almonds or cashews, a SunBar®, veggie sticks, or even a VitaShake®. Dairy products contain a lot of natural sugar and are not recommended during allergy season as they also tend to reduce your resistance to pollen and increase production of mucus.
The basic idea is to prevent stress in your body. Supporting your immune system using some of the herbal foods is great but so is keeping your blood sugar balanced. If your blood sugar drops you can be more susceptible to stress and allergies.
Food makes the basic fuel that your body runs on and that basic fuel is called blood sugar. All food turns into blood sugar when you eat it. But don’t be deceived by the term ‘blood sugar’. It is food not sugar or carbohydrates that your body needs. This is why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast is the most important thing you can do for your body to prevent stress and allergies. Eating sugar, foods made with sugar, and drinks that are sweetened, can undermine both your immune system and respiratory system during spring allergy season.
It’s important to have something every 3-4 hours all day long to keep your blood sugar from dropping. Sugary foods and drinks can make your blood sugar go up, get used up quickly, and then drop. That’s when you will be weakened and become susceptible to allergies.
The more dark green leafy vegetables you eat and the more deep orange vegetables you eat, the stronger your respiratory system will become. Don’t overlook having a nice salad for breakfast with a small amount of protein and lots of dark green leafy vegetables, especially cleansing vegetables like watercress, daikon radish, and alfalfa sprouts. Consider having a baked squash or sweet potato during the day to give you the beta-carotene that will support respiratory health. Just add a little butter or coconut oil and salt and pepper, do not add sugar. Many stores carry ready to eat organic soups made from butternut squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato. These are great for any meal or snack as they will give your respiratory system the nutrients needed to keep you healthy.
Drink plenty of liquids, get at least 7 hours of sleep, and practice regular elimination habits. Of course this is good advice for any season of the year, but especially important during allergy season.
Exercise is also important to help flush out the irritating pollens. If you can’t exercise then do at least 5 to 10 minutes of slow deep breathing through your nose to help remove pollen and dust from your respiratory system.
Many people like to sniff salt water to cleanse and create a healing environment in the nasal passages. The general rule is a half teaspoon natural salt to one glass of warm pure water. It should be only as salty as your own tears. Close off one nostril and sniff the solution from the palm of the hand and then switch to the other side. Many health food stores or pharmacies sell products like Neti pots and plastic squeeze bottles specially designed to clean out the nose and other mucus membranes. Do this every morning and evening.
Avoid cigarette and other tobacco smoke, including second and third hand smoke as well as first hand smoke. Keep way from dust and mold. If you live in an area where dust and pollen are especially heavy you might want to invest in some medical masks to avoid breathing in the allergens. Or use a large handkerchief tied around your nose and mouth.
It is possible to avoid having seasonal allergy symptoms by following some of these suggestions. However, if you have severe allergies to pollen and you are on medication for allergies, do not stop taking the medications without consent from your doctor.
This blog is for educational purposes and should not be construed as diagnosing or prescribing anything that can cure a disease. Nor should it be a substitute for seeing your doctor. If you have a health condition, check with your practitioner before doing these or any exercises.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.