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Wellness Tips For Allergies

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
levels

  • 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
symptoms.

  • 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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10 Tips For Breathing Easier This Fall

by Chicagohealers.Com Practitioner Dr. Ian Wahl

Natural Ways To Bring Relief to Allergy Sufferers

Fall is right around the corner and allergens are in full force! Pollen, ragweed, and mold are still taking their toll on allergy sufferers. These are harmless substances for most; but for some they take the enjoyment out of Fall. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, roughly 20% of Americans suffer from allergies and another 20% suffer from hypersensitivities to food, environmental substances, or stimuli.

So what can you do if Fall allergies make you miserable? ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner, Dr. Wahl, DAc, LAc, CH is a Doctor of Acupuncture and herbalist who specializes in the treatment of children and adults with allergies and hypersensitivities. Dr. Wahl brings relief to sufferers with 10 tips breathing easier this season:

1) Take a whole food based Vitamin C.

Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Dr. Richard Podell, author of When Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Best: Errors That Even the Best Doctors Make and How to Protect Yourself, recommends 1000 milligrams of vitamin C (Ester-C) twice daily to help with allergies and asthma.

2) Magnesium eases breathing

Some immunologists suggest taking 400 milligrams of magnesium daily helps with nasal allergies and breathing problems. Taking more than that can cause diarrhea. If you want to supplement your diet with magnesium-rich foods, the best sources are nuts, beans, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and bananas.

3) 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.

4) Bring a cold pack

When you are at an outdoor sports event, periodically place a cold pack over your eyes and on your face to reduce inflammation and help relieve some of your symptoms.

5) Drink a lot of cool water

Rehydrating is one of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body. It cools you down and provides some symptom relief.

6) Stay away from dairy

If you have hay fever, eating dairy will produce even more phlegm and make you feel worse.

7) Use your bathroom exhaust fan when taking a shower

This will help prevent to growth of mold in the shower. Replace your liner every month or two, if you have mold sensitivities or asthma.

8) 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 symptoms.

9) Get rid of clutter

Allergy sufferers need to be especially careful about controlling dust in their homes. Clutter is a major source of dust and dust mites.

10) Get tested for food allergies

Many people who have allergies are also sensitive to different foods. These multiple sensitivities build on each other and stress the immune system. Find out what foods you are sensitive to and either eliminate them from your diet or get treated for them so you can eat those foods symptom-free.

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