Allergy season is here – what can you do?
Allergies are rearing their ugly head – how many of you have been suffering? Sneezing, coughing, red itchy eyes…do I sound like a pharma ad yet?! Since Colorado is so dry, it also means that the weeds, grasses, and trees can be harsher and with our early bloom this year – they seem to be running rampant. Our new blood work help us identify the food and environmental allergies you may be suffering from – but relief is what we really need. Allergies cause inflammation in the body – that inflammation in turn causes, sneezing, running nose, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, wheezing…so a few natural remedies.
Golden Milk (turmeric tea) recipe: is a fantastic way to help reduce inflammation quickly. The beauty is that it is not medicine, so no dosages or hours you must wait to take more.
Reduce Inflammatory Foods: Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Chilies, Jalapenos, Gluten, Dairy – all of those are known inflammatories, so if you are already suffering and eat a concentrate amount of the above – your allergies are likely to get worse.
Avoid extra histamines: reduce inflammatory foods, but also look out for foods with histamines. A primary example – wine! While I support a glass of wine a day – wine has Histamines which can make allergies worse.
Nasal rinse: Ahhh the neti-pot! You have probably heard a lot of people talk about it. Nasal rinses can help clear out sinuses from those pesky airborne histamines. There are tons of ways to do a nasal wash these days, and I recommend doing it in the shower. Also look to add Alkolol– a natural mentholated nasal wash with essential oils that can be found at your pharmacy. It can help reduce the inflammation in your sinuses.
HEPA Filter and Humidifier: It is true, we live in a DRY state, so the extra humidity in your room at night will help with coughing and the dryness that can exacerbate allergies. But also look to add a HEPA filter into the rooms you live in most. This can take airborne dust, mold and histamines and reduce it to help improve symptoms.