Spring is in the air and possibly in your nose and throat as countless plants, especially trees, flowers and weeds, release pollen into the air. Are the classical symptoms of hay fever—sneezing, coughing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose—robbing you of the joy of spring?
Know Thy Enemy to Reduce Exposure to Pollen
The flowers, the trees, and thriving green grass—the picturesque season of spring as we know it—would not be possible without the fertilizing role of pollen. Unfortunately, that same pollen can lodge in your nose or throat and cause allergic symptoms we know as hay fever.
How does pollen get around? Wind. Although you cannot avoid wind altogether, you can take precautions on particularly windy days. Try to stay indoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., especially on windy days. Workout before or after this time frame.
The Uninvited Guest
Remember, pollen can easily follow you indoors. Keep your indoors allergy-proof, too. You may have set aside a day for spring cleaning the house. However, do not forget to make your office, car, clothes, shoes, hair and pet allergy-proof as well. Scrub, wipe, and sweep away those airborne allergens!
A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your air conditioner and vaccuum can help clean out the air inside. Remember to keep your windows closed so that all your hard work doesn’t go to waste.
Spring Clean your Diet
Poor nutrition, especially a diet high in processed foods, can make allergy symptoms worse. After a winter-long comfort food affair, it’s time to spring clean the diet. Look for more foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, green tea, nuts, and seeds. Antioxidants can help fight the inflammation that occurs during allergies.
From citrus fruits and berries to bell peppers and dark leafy greens, foods rich in vitamin C can help relieve allergy symptoms. Add the green power of parsley to your meals and shakes. This herb has been traditionally used for treatment of allergies and chronic inflammatory disorders.
EnergyFirst Greenergy is a great-tasting green superfood drink powder packed with antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. It includes bromelain, a digestive enzyme and natural anti-inflammatory found in the pineapple plant. It is commonly used to ease congestion, suppress coughs, and treat a runny nose.