If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re no stranger to a runny nose, frequent sneezing, or congestion. It’s difficult to enjoy the spring weather when you’re tied to a tissue box all day. In fact, millions of people in the United States are doing just that. Fortunately, you can manage many of the symptoms from the comfort of your own home simply by adjusting your lifestyle.
Keep your home clean
This time of year, various factors — including trees, grass, pollen — can contribute to your experience with allergies. While it may seem counterintuitive, closing the windows and staying indoors won’t provide as much relief as you think. Circulation throughout your home is important, so the best way to keep the toxins away is to vacuum and dust regularly. Another easy tip is to remove your shoes when you get inside. You could unknowingly be bringing pesticides in with you. Leave a comfy pair of slippers by the door so you can easily change and keep the allergy triggers at the door, or better yet, outside.
Avoid quick fixes
Your body is likely releasing histamine as a reaction to various environmental triggers because it’s under the impression that they’re harmful. And while over-the-counter medications may suppress the symptoms today, they likely won’t provide long-term relief. Not to mention they can lead to side effects that are difficult to manage. What you can do is start your morning with a more natural approach. Many herbs can relieve allergy symptoms, so try incorporating some in your tea or smoothie.
Take care of your body
Did you know certain nutrients will help fight allergy symptoms? It’s not always easy to eat a balanced diet, so when you miss out on key vitamins, supplements are the way to go. But when possible, incorporate as much Vitamin D and Vitamin C into your day-to-day as they are key to helping you recover. Colorful foods like broccoli, strawberries, and lemons are a few things to add to your grocery list.
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