Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Are Your Allergies Bothering You Today?

I am not sure about you guys, but in the middle of the seasons (Sept/October, March/April) my allergies are just painful .  I also have asthma so everything that happens to me in regards to breathing is intensified by 1000%.  For those of you who don't know where we are located, @BryensBootCamp is right in the middle of the Ohio Valley, (Louisville, KY).  Which was named the ALLERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD (click for story).

So I went on everyone's statuses today because it is the first cold weather day of the year, and I noticed that there were a lot of allergy posts.  Here are some helpful tips to understand your ailment and how to treat it.

5.  Go to the Doctor at the beginning of the season

I know....I know...I know....you don't want to go to the doctor.  But the thing is if you want to get better you NEED to go.  There are a million and one Allergy Remedy Medicines out there right now.  But that doesn't mean that the one that will work for you is the 1st or the 301st one that you try from the drug store.  Your doctor will know what to recommend.  Don't have Doctor money, or insurance, go to the pharmacist and ask what they recommend for your particular ailment.

4. Let supplements do their job

Inhaling Pollen and other allergens can trigger inflammation in nasal passages.  According to Dr. Neil Kao (MD of the Allergic Disease and Ashma Center), there is growing research that suggests Vitamin D will help reduce the inflammation.  Eating foods with probiotics such as yogurt can help with some of your gut bacteria and at least keep some things in check and in control.

3. Air It Out

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) Filter's can help reduce and remove particles from the air that come in through your home through the AC units. If mold is your main ailment you may be better suited to get a Dehumidifier to keep humid places such as basements and bathrooms as dry as possible.  Everyone knows that mold is formed through dark damp/moist environments.  Getting a Dehumidifier will help dry those places out.

2. Make Contact

A fan favorite of allergies is having the pollen get into your contact lenses and in your eyes.  Speaking from the vantage point of someone who wears contacts. its truly TERRIBLE to have scratchy eyes.  Using Anti-Histamines will help target these symptoms in your T portion of your face (forehead/nose).  These can come in the form of nasal sprays or Eyedrops.

1. Eat your Treatment

A Mediterranean style diet is the BEST way to protect your body against allergic reactions and symptoms.  Merely eating foods that are high in Vitamin C such as Broccoli, citrus fruits and Kale Greens will protect your body against many of the allergic reactions mentioned today in this post. Also Folates (turkey, Chicken, Lentils, Spinach).

Think about all of the foods that are in the #21DayCleanse (click here for info). There are elements of all of the above in the first week of the cleanse.  This is why it makes you "feel better" after the first week.


Alcohol. The bacteria and yeast that it contains produces histamines as opposed to "anti-histamines" which make you feel better.  Note that if you are allergic to tree pollen, you might be sensitive to the following foods:


Ragweed Allergens could include but are not limited to:



Sources: Health, Sept 2011

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