It’s the time of the year for Fall Allergies. And with the beautiful,cooler weather and the fun outdoor events, be it a football game, soccer game or a Fall Festival, there’s too much good stuff to stay indoors. However, if you suffer from ragweed allergies, outside may be the last place you want to be. There are some strategies you can implement to make things a little better, however. Besides the usual tips like keeping your windows closed (car and home) or leaving your shoes outside to prevent pollen from coming indoors, here are some more helpful tips for keeping your fall allergies in check:
1. Take a whole-food based vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Try 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C twice daily to help with allergies and asthma. Citrus and broccoli are a great source.
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 (watch for allergies), 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. Sunglasses can also protect from the pollen getting in your eyes, especially on a windy day.
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. You can even try a cold water soaked clothe which will wash the pollen away at the same time as relieving inflammation.
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.
It’s been a rainy Fall here in the South so though the ragweed may not be so bad, mold is something to contend with. Look for upcoming tips on how to combat mold allergies, which can get to you inside and outdoors as well.