Allergy Season is Here!

Our mild winter has set the stage for an early allergy season. With trees in full bloom, many people are already experiencing uncomfortable hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Even though it is best to begin supporting your body at least 6 weeks prior to the start of allergy season, it is not too late! Nutrients such as vitamin C, nettle leaf, bromelain and turmeric provide powerful support for allergies. I recommend taking a comprehensive formula such as Pathway Allergy Support Plus. It is an effective combination of ingredients to address histamine release and inflammation. And, for kids, I really like the great tasting and fast acting formula called Buried Treasure Aller-Ease.

Here are some helpful tips to help you survive allergy season:
• Manage stress levels
• Eat a healthy diet emphasizing fresh, wholesome and unprocessed foods, and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids (fish, walnuts, etc.)
• Diversify your diet / rotate foods
• Do an elimination diet to discover and avoid reactive foods (dairy, gluten, etc.)
• Support digestion and detoxification (hydrochloric acid / enzymes)
• Use a nasal wash (neti pot) or nasal rinse to clean passages several times a day
• Minimize your toxic input (refined sugar, refined flour, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, exposure to solvents, etc.)
• Pollen counts are highest from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., so schedule outdoor activities for later in the day. Wind spreads pollen, so try to stay indoors on windy days. And, wear a mask.
• Use air conditioning. It filters pollens (and mold spores), especially when set on “recirculate”
• Consider investing in a high-efficiency particulate accumulating (HEPA) air filter

Article written by Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN for Ellicott City Pharmacy.

Mar 29, 2012 | Category: Health, Lifestyle | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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