9 Ways to Avoid Seasonal Allergies

Happy Spring! While this is such a beautiful time here in Houston, it is also a time when the cars are covered in pollen, the flowers (and pollen) are beginning to bloom and out of nowhere your eyes are red and itchy, you feel pressure in your sinuses and your asthma is flaring up.

‘Tis the season for sniffles, sneezes and that obnoxious dry cough.

‘Tis the season for ALLERGIES!

If you’re like more than half of Americans, you experience some sort of seasonal allergy, whether you know it or not. So how can you tell if you suffer from seasonal allergies?

Below are just a preview of the many symptoms that are associated with seasonal allergies:

  • Fatigue
  • Post nasal drip
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Recurring sinus infections, colds or ear infections
  • Itchy, watery and red eyes
  • Chronic yeast infections, such as thrush, jock itch or athlete’s foot
  • Wheezing
  • Skin rashes, such as eczema, itching or hives

Because allergies are so prominent during this time of year, especially in Houston, below are nine helpful ways you can help boost your immune system and fight allergies:

  1. Invest in immune boosting supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics, zinc and glutathione. Each of these taken in therapeutic doses have amazing immune system boosting properties and should be taken daily.
  2. Rinse your sinuses. Using a sinus rinse, such as a Neti Pot, daily to help reduce the amount of allergens present in your sinuses.
  3. Use mattress protectors. Dust mites are prevalent no matter where you live and the fact of the matter is that the presence of dust mites increases the total allergy load on your immune system. These dust mites live within our homes, on our bedding, and even our skin. One way to reduce the amount of dust mites you’re exposed to is by using a mattress cover on all of your mattresses and box springs in your bedrooms. The material used to make mattress covers was designed specifically to prevent dust mites from getting through and therefore, reduce the amount of dust mites you come in contact with.
  4. Consider vitamin C IV therapy. Vitamin IV therapy is so crucial for your overall health and wellbeing. And vitamin C IV therapy has incredible benefits, including preventing and fighting allergies, boosting your immune system, supporting your adrenal glands and so much more. Anytime I feel a tickle in the back of my throat or a sniffle coming on, I always get a Vitamin C IV and it gets rid of it in no time.
  5. Reduce your exposure. One of the most obvious, but sometimes difficult ways to reduce allergy symptoms is to reduce your exposure to these allergens. For example, if you’re sensitive to tree pollen, you’ll want to refrain from spending long periods of time outdoors where tree pollen is prevalent. If you’re sensitive to pets, keep them out of the bedrooms and consider removing carpet out of your bedroom as that is where pet dander lingers.
  6. Follow a clean eating plan. The more nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, the better. Avoid processed foods and sugar as all these do is cause unnecessary inflammation and bog down your immune system.
  7. Avoid yeast and gluten. Many common allergens are in food products that contain yeast and gluten. To avoid these, it is essential that you cut them from your diet immediately. Milk, milk products, sugar, bread products, crackers, cookies, fermented foods and alcoholic beverages all contain yeast and gluten. If you would like to reduce overall inflammation and allergy symptoms, I would highly recommend eliminating these foods from your diet.
  8. Check for mold. Black mold, which is very prevalent in the Houston area following hurricane Harvey, can be very detrimental to your health. Mold causes toxicity, mimics your hormones, and…you guessed it…contributes to the allergy load. Here’s what you can do if you suspect you’ve been exposed to mold.
  9. Consider sublingual immunotherapy. Taking steroids, anti inflammatories and antihistamines on a daily basis is not going to prevent your allergy symptoms; nor will it treat them. In order to treat your allergy symptoms, you must desensitize you to the very substance to which you are reacting to. You can do this through shots, yes, but that’s uncomfortable and who wants to inject themselves daily? Or you could go the route of allergy drops, which do the exact same thing but are more convenient, less painful and safe and effective for all ages. Learn more about sublingual immunotherapy here and see if you may be a candidate for this life-changing treatment.

Do you suspect your frustrating symptoms are allergy-related? If so, take my complimentary allergies self assessment today to test your symptoms and see if you may be the ideal candidate for sublingual immunotherapy.

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