Spring, summer and fall are great for picnics, growing flowers and enjoying long strolls with your loved ones. They’re also the time for seasonal allergies that ruin all these fun activities. Over the counter and prescription medication can help fight allergies, but sometimes they’re just not enough. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and some common-sense life adjustments can help you beat the seasonal battle of the sniffles and enjoy your life to the max instead of just watching it through the window.
Start by getting an acupuncture tune-up. Earley Wellness Group will take the time to chat with you and assess your needs, then tailor treatments just for you in order to boost your immune system and help your body regulate its reactions to germs as well as allergens. We’ll also look at ways to supplement your healthcare regimen with traditional Chinese herbs. These ancient treatments are designed to treat the whole person, looking for the underlying immune disorders that are contributing to chronic allergies and building up your defensive Qi to help you fight allergies over the long run.
Once you’ve addressed your immediate issues, you should supplement your medications and acupuncture treatments with these 5 and other nutritional and behavioral tips.
- Add some spice to your diet. Hot spices like peppers, anise, horseradish, hot mustard and fennel have been shown to clear out sinus congestion and ease your breathing. Likewise, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like cold-water fish and walnuts help reduce inflammation and clear your breathing.
- Use a Neti pot to flush out your sinuses. Often your main allergy sniffly-sneezing-coughing-achy head problem is caused by a buildup of thick mucus in your sinuses. Regular flushing with a Neti pot helps clear out all the gunk and get you breathing again.
- Remember you can carry small-particle allergens indoors with you. All the pollen and spores that make your eyes water and your nose itch love to cling to clothing and hair. While the sun-fresh fragrance of laundry hung out to dry is intoxicating, you should skip it during allergy season. And if your allergies are particularly bad, change clothes and take a shower immediately after coming in from outside to wash away anything clinging to your body.
- Allergens love to blow into your house as well. Keep windows and doors closed during allergy season and check your dust filters to see if they need changing. This is also a good time to go through your home and look for mold, dust and other indoor allergens that may be trapped inside with you.
- If you’re doing yard work, wear a dust mask. No one’s going to stare at you, and if they do, they’ll most likely understand why you’re wearing one. If you’re doing dusty housework or trying to clean up mold and other potential allergens, wear a dust mask indoors as well. You can find cheap disposable dust masks online or at your local home improvement warehouse store.
Earley Wellness Group would love to help you kick your allergy problem and develop the kind of healthy lifestyle that enables your body to fight disease naturally. Give us a call today to schedule the appointment that will help you change your life.