Naturally prevent, decrease spring allergies

Allergies

spring pollen

By pH health care professionals

For people who suffer from allergies, spring means bulk purchases of Kleenex and sniffling trips to the medicine cabinet. But while nasal steroids and decongestants might make you feel good temporarily, they have side effects as well. And while allergies might seem inevitable, a healthy dose of prevention may well keep you away from your usual medicines. Ask yourself these key questions to start:

 Do you know what you are allergic to? Some allergies are obvious — a cat walks in the room and you want to be anywhere else in the world. But other allergies require a bit more deduction. If your symptoms are year-round and are worse indoors, the problem could be dust mites. Allergy-free pillowcases and mattress covers, combined with regular dusting and cleaning, can make all the difference. Outdoor allergies, or allergies that kick up when it’s windy outside, are probably grass or tree pollens. Monitoring websites like pollen.com can help you make decisions that reduce your symptoms, like running at the gym instead of outdoors on a particularly bad pollen day. A HEPA filter in your home and workplace can reduce the number of particulates that trouble you on a daily basis.

 What can you do about allergies from the inside out? Nasal sinus rinsing is one answer. If you wash out pollen grains before they can start their nasty cascade of mucus and congestion, you’ll be in better shape. There are many saline preparations available at your drugstore. This method is completely safe and effective.

Are my foods exacerbating the problem? Animal proteins, particularly milk proteins, are known to be pro-inflammatory. You can find guidelines for a low-inflammation diet here.  Additionally, if you suspect that you may sensitive to gluten, try eliminating that protein as well.

 Are products in my home contributing to my allergies? Harsh household cleaners with bleach and ammonia are not only noxious to the delicate mucous membranes, they can cause respiratory damage as well. Switch to essential-oil-based cleaners, which can be found at pH Labs. Beauty products are a potential culprit, too. Particles from hairspray and powdery mineral cosmetics can exacerbate sneezing and congestion.

 How can I naturally treat my congestion? Come into pH Labs to find some relief. Our Metagenics product Nazanol contains Chinese allergy-fighting herbs and is well-regarded in the medical community as a supplement for sinus congestion.

 Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. This team also includes the members of the pH Medical Advisory Board, which constantly monitors all pH programs, products and services. To learn more about the pH Medical Advisory Board, click here.

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