Wellness Wednesday: Relieving Allergies the Natural Way

Are you tired of allergy meds that make you…tired?

It’s that time of year again – time for the sneezing, wheezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and nasal congestion commonly associated with allergy season.

For many, relief is just a drugstore counter away. However, if medicines are not how you want to treat your allergies, and you instead want some natural remedies, here are some suggestions:

1. Be sure to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This will allow your body to repair and rest after a long day. Fatigue can be an additional stressor on your body. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will also help your immune system stay healthy and able to fight off allergens.

2. Change your clothes when you come inside. Minimize the amount of pollen indoors by keeping your windows closed and leaving pollen-covered clothing items outside. Even showering off after enjoying the great outdoors can help!

3. Make sure your appliances have HEPA filters. If you don’t have a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your vacuum cleaner, you may be making your symptoms worse by stirring up pollen that has settled on your floor and furniture. Check to see if you can purchase a HEPA filter for your vacuum; this can help rid your carpets of trapped allergens. Also remember to change your car’s cabin air filter.

4. Move your outdoor workout to dusk. If you typically exercise in the morning, when the pollen counts are higher, switch to a later time of day (evening) when you won’t be as affected.

5. Rinse with saline before symptoms strike. Try saline nasal irrigation to help rid your nasal passages of pollen; an overwhelming majority of allergens wreak havoc on your body by entering via this route. The saline works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous. Neti pots are specially designed for this purpose. Remember to keep these devices as clean and dry as possible to prevent any bacterial growth.

6. Cook with turmeric. Turmeric, a spice common in curry and Indian cuisine, contains curcumin. It may act as a decongestant, help reduce allergy symptoms, and ward off colds.

Allergy season doesn’t have to keep you indoors – learn how and why your body reacts to different allergens, how to effectively treat them and move on with your life!


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