The sad truth is that allergies can bother you all year long, but when spring comes they become almost impossible to endure. For some, spring is about the smell of freshly mowed grass and flowers coming to life, while for others it’s about headaches, puffy watery eyes and the ever-runny noses. While there are some medications that can help you deal with these symptoms, the best thing you can do is work on boosting your immunity. When your immune system is strong, you will not have such a difficult time going through the allergy season.
Remember how your parents used to tell you to ‘eat your greens’? They were right, since green vegetables really do make you stronger and healthier. The great thing is that you can use your blender and make delicious smoothies from immunity-boosting fruits and vegetables and drink them in the morning. Take one and a half cups of frozen fruits (mango, pineapple and kiwi), half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, a cup of spinach and kale, one and a half cups of almond or soy milk and squeeze half a lemon over it all. Put all the ingredients in a blender and in a blink of an eye you will have a delicious and healthy smoothie.
Keep your home clean
While the outside air is full of allergens, and the moment you set foot out your front door your eyes start watering, the inside of your home should be a safe haven where you can recover and breathe more easily. To make sure you’re in a bacteria- and allergen-free surrounding, you should install water filters on your taps and air purifiers in a room where you spend most of your time. You can buy one of the portable Oransi air purifiers and move it from one room to another when it’s convenient for you. You will feel much stronger and have more energy to endure the time you spend outside when your immune system doesn’t have to fight allergens in your own home.
Turn to herbs
There are plenty of herbal supplements which have proven to help your body fight the persistent allergy symptoms. Green tea is one of the most powerful natural antihistamines, and if you swap your morning coffee for a cup of green tea, you will notice a significant improvement because your body will be better prepared to fight triggering stimuli. Besides the green tea, you could also look for some nettle leaf, butterbur, and licorice root and you should try adding common spices such as turmeric and cinnamon to your meals.
Try raw honey
You can try the old homeopathic method of deliberately bringing some allergens into your system so that your body can get used to them. Try finding local honey and buy it raw – it will already contain some pollen. Honey is great for you, it is a natural sweetener you can add to your morning tea and to your cookies, and small amounts of local pollen that are introduced to your body will not trigger your immune system.
Remember, just because there is a period popularly referred to as “allergy season”, that doesn’t mean that your allergies can’t flare up throughout the entire year. Allergens are always present in the air, and sometimes as early as February you will start noticing the first symptoms and discomfort. Make sure you are healthy and that your immunity is strong, because when you’re full of energy and feel strong it will be easier for you to endure allergy season, and you will recover much faster from the downsides of allergies.