For many of us, allergies are a right of passage, a way to welcome warmer weather yet limits our enjoyment of this time of year.
It doesn’t have to be this way! In this article, I have included a number of diet and lifestyle recommendations for you to help ensure you are able to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
- Increase your water intake to at least 2L daily to assist your body to flush out airborne allergens
- Reduce food sensitivities to improve your immune systems ability to deal with the extra seasonal allergens. If you’re not sure if you have food sensitivities try to reduce the following and see how you feel:
- Dairy: This is the worse offender and increases congestion
- Wheat: This is the second-worst food for those suffering with allergies
- Processed sugar: this reduces the immune systems function leading to increased allergies
- Increase your intake of onions and apples, as these foods contain quercetin, a nutrient known to reduce allergic symptoms
- Reduce consumption of highly fermented alcoholic beverages (beer and cider) as these exacerbate allergies
- Drink 2 cups of Harmony Tea Co’s Anti-Aging OR Anti-Inflammatory Signature Blend teas as these are both helpful in reducing allergy symptoms
- Complete a detoxification program annually
- Ensure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night to support a stronger immune system
- Completely eliminate all artificial scents in your house (Febreeze, Scented plug-ins, laundry detergent etc)
- Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water (130 F [54 C]) and dry in a hot dryer
- Cover mattresses and pillowcases with airtight allergen-proof covers
- Avoid comforters and pillows made from down, feathers or cotton, and choose synthetic fibres.
- Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting or vacuum daily if you have it
- Keep pets out of rooms used most often
- Ensure there is no mold in the house, remove immediately if there is