| May 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM
You may have noticed it’s warm outside.
Which, don't get us wrong, is great. We’re all happy to drop the layers, take in vitamin D, and get going on some outdoor adventures. But for those of us with seasonal allergies, the spring and summer months are a much different experience.
In winter we are stuck inside because of the cold. As soon as the weather warms, we have, oh about, 3 days to enjoy the spring before we are again barred inside for the rest of the season before we become a watering, puffy monster.
So what can we do about it? Lots.
Maybe you ask “But do I want to become dependent on pharmaceuticals?” and to that we say, there is a natural solution.
Spirulina is a type of edible blue-green algae. It’s one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet and according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, it stops the release of Histamine. If you don't know, Histamine is that fun little compound which activates allergic symptoms.
Around 4 grams of Spirulina daily has been proven to significantly improve sneezing, congestion, and running noses. You even have options of how you wish to consume it, as tea manufacturers such as David’s Tea creates Spirulina based teas.
Let’s just all be honest here, we do not need an excuse to eat honey.
In regards to allergies though, this delicious treat will also alleviate your symptoms.
The bees in your area pollinate the local flowers, containing the pollen which is the source of our suffering. These furry little workers absorb it all up, and when the honey is produced it contains the remnants of that same pollen. When that honey goes into your digestive system, something called immunotherapy begins to happen. Your body creates a resistance to the pollen and in turn it will dramatically reduce symptoms.
Things to keep in mind are a) the honey must be local and non-pasteurized and b) the effects can take up to 8 weeks to kick in. So start early.
If you’ve ever cooked with Turmeric you’re aware that it is not shy. You are very cognizant of it's presence in your dish. What you may not be aware of is the antihistamine properties it contains.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which acts as a decongestant, and anti-inflammatory. These are excellent at combating allergies, and only require 2 grams to be ingested per day to help alleviate your symptoms.
In the study Acupuncture in Patients With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Trial published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine allergy researchers conducted a randomized study on the correlation between acupuncture treatment and the reduction of seasonal allergies. The study found that participants who received acupuncture treatment, as opposed to those who had received a false treatment, had significant improvements in allergic symptoms and a decrease in pharmaceutical antihistamine use after 8 weeks.
This a bit of a gimmie, but it's always good to be mindful of it. When you come home do a quick change of your pants and shirt as you are more than likely bringing in the pollen that's affecting you. Don’t accidentally contaminate your safe space.
Keep in mind what’s being used in your home. Do research before you purchase your cleaning tools, as even green cleaning products can have ingredients which can exacerbate your symptoms. Want to pick up some guaranteed hypoallergenic products? We got you covered.
If you are not using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters in your vacuum cleaner, air conditioner or heating system you could be prolonging your allergy problem. Non-HEPA filter products can stir up the pollen on the furniture and floor instead of removing it. You can purchase these at any major appliance retailer.
According to researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, probiotics can potentially help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever. While it’s not a slam dunk, having more probiotics in your system is always a good thing. These cultures of healthy bacteria are great for your digestive system and gut. They can be found in a multitude of food, such as yogurt, kimchee, kefir and sauerkraut. But it’s easier to ingest in liquid form, namely Kombucha (however make sure the bottles are dark, as clear bottles will allow in light which kill the bacteria).
It’s time to take back your summer. Go and live the life you want, snuffle free.