17 Tips for Reducing Spring Allergy Symptoms
Oh, Spring! The trees are flowering, the new green leaves are coming out, flowers are blooming and…
The pollen may be so thick that you can write your name on your car hood. By the end of the day your eyes may be gritty just from the sheer volume of pollen. Even your face may feel coated.
What is Happening?
• What is pollen? Pollen is a “micro-spore of seed plants.” Pollens are microscopic “seeds” and, like all other seeds, are surrounded by a protein skin that protects them from sprouting prematurely.
• What causes the response? In reaction to the ingestion of pollen, the body produces histamine which is a chemical responsible for the production of watery mucous in an attempt to wash away the irritating pollens. Anti-histamines block this natural response of the body.
• Why, Oh Why? Under ideal conditions, the body possesses enough digestive and metabolic enzymes, particularly protease, to break down the protein skin of the pollen which neutralizes its antagonizing effects. Then the histamine flows in order to escort the neutralized and digested pollens out of the body. This usually happens within a matter of minutes with no further irritation or response until the next over-exposure to pollens. You may experience a sneeze which seems to come out of nowhere.
• Why do symptoms stay? There may be deficiencies in digestive and metabolic enzymes, particularly protease and protease partner enzymes and not enough histamine production or histamine that is not strong enough.
17 Ways to Breathe Easier; Even If You Don’t Have Allergies
Spring allergy symptoms are telling you that your immune system is overloaded and a little weak. Here are some tips that have worked for us and our clients to minimize exposure and maximize our immune systems.
Hope these tips help you to enjoy this beautiful time of year just a little bit more.
- Bedtime Behaviors:
- Get a new non-allergenic pillow. You can also put your favorite pillow in a plastic bag and suck out the air and hopefully a lot of the accumulated dust and pollen.
- Change your pillowcase 2 or more times a week.
- Close your windows at night and let your air conditioner filter out the pollen. Remember to check the filter in your heater/AC every month and change it when it looks gray.
- Take a shower before bed and rinse/shampoo your hair. This will prevent you from rubbing your face in pollen and breathing it in all night. May also reduce the little sand in your eyes in the morning.
- Avoid exercising outside in the mornings when the pollen is the thickest.
- Don’t hang clothes and sheets outside to dry. The pollen will coat the damp clothes and you will be breathing in the pollen all night.
- Keep your nose clean. Your nose is the gateway to your respiratory system and it needs to be washed just like your skin and teeth. The best way is to use a Neti Pot every day to clear and help prevent problems in your nose, sinuses, throat and lungs.In pollen season, I use it every morning and sometimes in the evening too. You can also add Neti Pot Plus Daily Boost that has essential oils to sooth and decrease inflammation. If your nose feels dry, you can use Nasaya oil to hydrate. Here is a link to a great source of information to show you how easy it is to use. https://yogainternational.com/article/view/how-to-clear-your-congestion-naturally-with-the-neti-pot
- Drink more pure water. Great way to carry out toxins from your body.
- Roll up the windows in your car and let the air filter take out the pollen.
- Limit your time in nurseries and gardens.
- Rest and Sleep. You may feel a little bit sleepier this time of year as you immune system is being overloaded. Try to get to bed a little earlier and sleep just a little later. Take a 15 minute nap anytime during the day. This is the time when your body can heal itself more effectively.
- Put 4-6 drops of Eucalyptus radiata or globulus essential oil or Breathe Blend on a tissue and sniff it all day and put it on your nightstand while you sleep.
- Eat 1-3 teaspoons of local, raw, grade A honey every day. Over time this will desensitize you to the local pollen.
- Get a massage. Stress increases the intensity of the symptoms. Relief may be noticed in as little as 30 minutes.
- Ear Candling helps to decrease pressure and increase comfort in your ears and entire body.
- Avoid white foods (sugar, flour, dairy and processed foods). These create more mucus and inflammation in your body. Cauliflower is an exception! Also limit nightshade vegetables during allergy season. They also increase the inflammation in your body. This includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers.
- Eat your antihistamines! Whether it is packets of Emergen C, food based Vitamin C capsules, or more fresh limes or lemons, this will help you to recover faster and stay healthy. And add quercitin to turbocharge it.
- Consider strengthening your immune system and digestive system with New Earth’s Essentials, Essentials Blend, Wild Essentials and Defend to help prevent illness and for staying well.
- Taking steps to lower your overall level of inflammation is helpful. Eat foods full of natural antioxidants, take plant based Enzymes with your meals and snacks and in-between meals. Other helpful supplements are InflammEnz and Curaphen.
- Food sensitivities increase airborne allergy symptoms. Take plant based Enzymes with every snack and meal.
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- Bedtime Behaviors: