It’s that time of year again. It will start with the tickle in the back of your throat that won’t go away, your nose will start to run, your eyes will puff up and itch, and soon you will be in the throes of a full-blown allergy attack. Blearily, you make your way to the medicine cabinet and gulp down anti-histamine or two. According to Women’s Health Magazine, there are “40 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by pollen and mold spores that bloom with warmer, wetter weather” each year. Here’s some good news, though. Although allergies can’t usually be cured, their symptoms can be lessened if you follow just a few good practices.
To start with, try incorporating more omega-3-rich sources into your diet. The omega-3 fatty acid has anti-inflammatory characteristics that help lessen and even prevent allergy symptoms. Foods like flaxseed, walnuts, and fish deliver up a healthy dose of it.
Spice it up
You may have noticed the last time you went to a Mexican restaurant and bit into a chip loaded with spicy salsa that your nose started to run. Women’s Health Magazine explains this is because spicy foods work to “decongest your sinuses, increase circulation, and clear away head-clogging mucus.” Try adding a little cayenne or chili peppers to your next dish and make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.
It may or may not surprise you to know that about 40% of indoor dust is tracked in from the outdoors. Keep those nasty allergens out by investing in a doormat which can knock off about 10-25% of the dust. An even better idea is to take off your shoes before coming inside. And those times you can’t avoid exposing yourself to the dust? Be proactive. AllergyRelief101.com suggests, “Take [an anti-histamine] an hour or two ahead of time. This can allow [it] to be circulating in your system, in advance of your exposure, and can reduce or eliminate the resulting reaction.”