2010 – Worst Allergy Season – Tips for Breathing Easy this Allergy Season
from ChicagoHealers.com practitioner Dr. Ian Wahl
Spring has finally arrived. And with the long-awaited beautiful weather
and the shades of green painting our landscape, has come the pollen. ABC
News reports that 2010 has been an especially bad year for allergy suffers
due to the late onset of Spring and the amount of late Winter rains
throughout the country.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology,
roughly 20% of Americans suffer from allergies and Dr. Ian Wahl, DAc, LAc,
ChicagoHealers.com practitioner offers the following tips for staying
allergy free during this especially bad allergy season.
- Take a whole food based Vitamin C.
Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn,
NY found that taking vitamin C daily, significantly reduced blood histamine
- Magnesium eases breathing
Some immunologists suggest taking 400 milligrams of magnesium daily helps
with nasal allergies and breathing problems. If you want to supplement your
diet with magnesium-rich foods, the best sources are nuts, beans, whole
grains, green leafy vegetables, and bananas.
- Wear sunglasses when going outside
Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, creates a certain amount of
photosensitivity. Wearing sunglasses helps reduce your sensitivity to light
and thus helps your eyes from excessive watering.
- Drink a lot of cool water
It probably seems counterintuitive, to recommend drinking water with all of
that liquid in your sinuses, nose and eyes. But rehydrating is one of the
best ways to eliminate toxins from your body. Besides, it cools you down
and provides some symptom relief.
- Check the local pollen count
If you have severe allergies, you might consider wearing a mask on days
when the pollen count is unusually high.
- Stay away from dairy
I know, it is summer and that means ice cream. But if you have hay fever,
eating dairy will produce even more phlegm and make you feel worse.
- Use your bathroom exhaust fan when taking a shower
This will help prevent to growth of mold in the shower. Cleaning your
bathtub or shower liner is also important. Better yet, replace your liner
every month or two, if you have mold sensitivities or asthma.
- Keep your dryer vent clear
Build-up of lint in the dryer vent will cause an excess of dust in your
house. Have your vents cleaned regularly to avoid aggravating your allergy
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA Filter
HEPA filter vacuums do not recirculate back into the air the polluting
particles that the vacuum has just picked up. Make sure you have a true
HEPA filter and not a HEPA-like filter. You can tell by looking at the
manufacturer’s test results of their filter. A true HEPA filter will have
test results stating that .3 microns are 99.97 percent or above.
- Get rid of clutter
Allergy sufferers need to be especially careful about controlling dust in
their homes. And clutter is a major source of dust and dust mites. If you
can’t see your floors or walls in closets and basements, you have a clutter
problem. Just as clutter clogs your house and obstructs the free flow of
energy in your home, clutter also clogs your nose and obstructs the free
flow of life-giving air into your body.
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