It’s that time of year again—autumn. The time when the leaves turn and the weather turns cooler, and Mother Nature gives us one more reminder of her infinite beauty before packing it in for a long winter. This time of the year has long been one I yearn for and dread at the same time. Autumn is my favorite season because of the crisp feel of the weather after a long summer, the earthy smell of the ground that you just don’t notice the rest of the year, and the beautiful landscape just outside. Unfortunately, as a sufferer of many airborne allergies, it’s also the time of the year when pollen levels are at their highest.
If hay fever has got you afraid to leave the house, I’ve gathered a few tips that can help make things a bit more bearable. I haven’t tried them all, but I’m a big fan of having as much health information as possible to make your own decisions. So, without further ado I present to you: 50 Ways To Beat Your Allergies, with apologies to Paul Simon-
The problem is inside your sinuses
She said to me
The answer is easy if you
Take it logically
I’d like to help you in your struggle
To be phlegm-free
There must be 50 allergy-free tips
For you to discover
- Shut your windows.
- Let the air conditioner work as an air purifier.
- Consider herbal therapies that won’t make you sleepy.
- Change your clothes after being outside for long periods of time.
- Wear a respirator mask when venturing out of doors.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Invest in a neti pot.
- Keep your home dust-free.
- Consider hiring a housekeeper for dustier jobs.
- Invest in a personal steamer to keep your airway clear.
- Avoid second-hand smoke.
- Learn your triggers.
- Give acupuncture a try.
- Work out regularly.
- Avoid upholstered furniture.
- Quit smoking.
- Try non-drowsy antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Bathe and groom your pets frequently.
- Invest in an air filter.
- Stay inside at twilight.
- Wash your clothes in hot water.
- Don’t allow animals on your bed.
- Treat symptoms as early as possible.
- Keep a journal to track allergens and medications.
- Consider local honey- a friend of mine swears by it.
- Change your bedding regularly.
- Purchase allergen-free pillows.
- Blow your nose regularly to get rid of allergens.
- Allergy shots made my life more tolerable.
- Shower before bed.
- Schedule outside work between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- Invest in a HEPA filter.
- Do more cardio work.
- Take advantage of rainy days to head outside.
- Switch out your old books for an ebook reader.
- Keep a humidifier handy.
- Cut down on dairy.
- Breathe through your nose instead of your mouth.
- Use fans on damp areas.
- Practice yoga.
- Wear natural fibers instead of synthetics.
- Avoid drying laundry on a clothesline.
- Choose glasses instead of contacts.
- Keep your lawn well-maintained.
- Consider flowering plants in the garden.
- Boost your onion consumption.
- Track pollen counts daily.
- Visit your chiropractic team for a little pollen planning.
Your chiropractic team can work with you on a plan to put the kibosh on pollen this fall. If you haven’t visited your chiropractor recently, it’s time to schedule an appointment to ensure that you don’t spend another autumn hiding in your home until the first frost. Contact your chiropractic team today for safe, natural treatment for your allergies.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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