It’s time to get ahead of your allergies this year, as prevention is more effective than management of the symptoms when you are already feeling under the weather. Autumn allergies, different from spring, will typically have more indoor irritants than outdoor pollen. Indoor allergens may be present year round, but as the damp and cool weather comes around, we spend much more time locked up at home with the allergens.
Mold is one of the top sources of fall allergies, and along with causing health issues such as congestion, headaches, difficulty breathing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and sinus infections, Mold can also cause damage to buildings, with hidden water damage, improper ventilation, and it likes to form in attics and basements and behind walls and ceilings, so many times it is not obvious if a building is having a mold issues. House dust is also a major source of allergens, typically containing dust mite bodies, fecal pellets, and dander from humans and pets.
REDUCING THE IMPACT- Take Preventable Measures Now!
- Reduce humidity in the home with proper ventilation, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Consider purchasing a dehumidifier or a hygrometer to measure humidity.
- Repair leaks and clean up wetness as soon as you notice it to prevent mold damage. Clean remove and sanitize any mold that is present.
- Vacuuming the house and bedding frequently, at least weekly, and wearing a mask while cleaning. Regularly grooming your pets can help to cut down on excess house dust.
- Repair any holes or openings which pests may enter. If necessary, set traps or call an exterminator. Eliminate all potential food and water sources for insects and rodent pests.
Change Your Diet, Affect Your Allergies
There are some foods are known to exacerbate allergy symptoms, and during the season, it is important to be aware that they can create more mucus production. It’s not practical to eliminate all these foods completely, but to be mindful of your intake and how you feel after eating. Foods can exacerbate allergy symptoms such as:
alcohol, wheat/gluten, chocolate, dairy products, peanuts, sugar, processed foods.
There are many foods that can help ease allergies and keep the immune system functioning at its peak potential. Try to incorporate some of these foods into your diet as soon as possible because preventative measures are much more effective than combating the allergies when they are at their worst.
- Spicy foods can help to break up mucus and congestion, look for herbs such as cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon.
- Fresh, Organic Vegetables are so important to ensure you are taking in enough nutrients. Choose veggies such as carrots, yam, beets, or swiss chard, high in quercetin (which helps to fight inflammation and hay fever.)
- Local Raw Honey can help your body become familiar with the pollens from your hometown, helping you build immunity toward the pollens your allergies are rooted in.
- Probiotic-Rich Foods and fermented foods help aid in digestion, allowing us to fully take in the nutrients from what we eat. Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, pickles are great non-dairy sources.
- Liquids, aside from water intake, bone broth and apple cider vinegar can help to break up mucus, reduce inflammation, ease breathing and respiratory symptoms and boost immunity!
- Pineapple contains many necessary vitamins and enzymes to reduce reactions in seasonal allergies. DON’T forget about the core, which has the highest nutrient content.
Acupuncture and NAET to the Rescue!
Aside from diet, environmental adjustments and healthy control, you may still notice some symptoms through the season. Acupuncture is proven to be an effective treatment for seasonal allergies. It is wonderful at eliminating and relieving inflammation, irritation, and exhaustion. Patients receiving acupuncture treatments regularly, report a reduction in severity of allergy symptoms year after year.
Dr. Devi Nabudripad’s NAET is a treatment we use to ease allergy symptoms. NAET uses kinesiology and muscle response testing to confirm the presence of allergic reactivity. Once identified, we use a blend of disciplines such as acupuncture, kinesiology, and nutrition to eliminate the allergy. The treatment is pain free and geared to re-program the brain’s negative response toward the allergens to a positive response we come in contact with these substances again.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies and would like some relief, the best defense is to start preparing for the season now. Give your body time to make the necessary adjustments to work optimally and keep you feeling your best.
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