You can smell it in the air, spring allergy season is coming! According to the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pollen season can start in early February and last through October. This season, prevent the sneezing and symptoms that keep you from enjoying the sunny days and blooming flowers. Allergy season can be exhausting, take the time and care to prepare!
Here are 5 things you can do to feel your best this allergy season.
Boost your Immune System
Herbal tea with honey is great during this time of year; raw local honey can help to get the immune system familiar with the pollens from your hometown.
Eliminate dairy, sugar, processed foods, raw/cold, and greasy foods as they can create more phlegm in the body. This can present as your runny nose, mucous, congested nasal passages, clogged ears, and post nasal drip. Instead of these, go for warm foods, steamed veggies, and organic animal products and whole grains. Kale, beet greens, dandelion, spirulina, broccoli, spinach are great to help with detox the body from allergens and managing stress on the immune system.
Meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises can help the body to manage stress and keep levels low. Qi gong is a physical practice that involves movement and mental concentration to help the mind and the body. In a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, researchers found that Qi gong training significantly increases levels of monocytes and lymphocytes, the types of blood cells that are most involved in the immune response in the body.
The sooner you are able to start acupuncture as a proactive measure, the better. It can take a while to correct underlying imbalances which can allow symptoms to develop, but there should be a noticeable reduction in symptoms after a few treatments. Acupuncture can also help if allergies are already affecting you, it can reduce and resolve symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, itching and redness in the eyes.
Cupping is extremely helpful therapy in opening the lungs, allowing oxygen and blood to circulate better. It helps to break up congestion and detoxify the body.
NAETallergy elimination techniques can help the body prepare for the season by stimulating the nervous system and helping to desensitize the immune response to specific allergens in the body.
Cleaning the Home
It may be tempting to open up the windows and get that fresh spring breeze into the house, but with that breeze comes pollen. When spring cleaning, make sure to focus on areas of the home where allergens will tend to accumulate (change air filters, bedding, vacuum upholstered furniture, carpets). Pollen can stick to fabrics, so avoid hanging clothing outside to dry. Shower before bed, transferring allergens from hair or face to the pillow can make matters worse.
People are also affected by mold in the allergy season. Start with common areas where mold typically shows up are in areas where there is moisture or leaks (bathroom, kitchen, basement). If you use a dehumidifier, be sure to empty the water often and keep it clean to prevent mildew.
Plan your day
It may be irritating to try and plan your schedule to avoid activity during the times when pollen count is the highest. This is between the hours of 5 A.M. and 10 A.M. Hot dry days also tend to be much worse. It is very handy to track allergen levels for your local area. Weather stations and apps will usually provide pollen and mold count reports as well. Check these daily.
Let us help you manage your allergy season and feel your best! Contact us today to get started on a treatment plan to ease your allergy symptoms before they begin.