Tips for Surviving Seasonal Allergies
Achoo! It’s that time of year again where pollen wreaks havoc on our outdoor fun. From itchy eyes to having a runny nose, nobody likes to let seasonal allergies get in the way of a good time! It is estimated that nearly 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies throughout the year. Believe it or not, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. When it comes to seasonal allergies, many people turn to over-the-counter medication to help relieve their symptoms. While these remedies may work, the side effects often leave people feeling groggy, tired and downright not themselves. Fortunately, there are a few natural ways to help reduce those frustrating symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.
Bring your Workout Inside - We know, we know. When the sun is out and the sky is bright blue, all you want to do is exercise in the great outdoors! After all, you’ve been cooped up all winter long due to frigid temps and rainy days! But here’s a thing. When pollen count is on the rise, chances are your allergic symptoms are too. Fortunately, there are many ways to check pollen counts in your area. There are websites and even apps that you can download to see if it is advised for you to stay indoors. Pollen counts tend to be highest mid-to-late afternoon, so try to schedule your work out around this time. If being outside is trigger too many allergic symptoms, it might be time to head to the gym or workout from the comforts of your living room.
Get Salty – With saltwater, that is! If you hate the way allergy medications make you feel, try using a natural saline rinse. There are plenty of products on the market that have been shown to help relieve the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. The most common include a neti pot or nasal spray. These products help to clear allergens like pollen from your nasal membranes well assist them to minimize symptoms. You could also try gargling with salt water to help soothe a scratchy throat. Try doing this two times a day throughout allergy season to help ease your congestion.
Make it Milk Thistle - Milk thistle has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years, specifically for its ability to promote liver health. But did you know that milk thistle has been shown to improve allergic asthma symptoms? The active ingredient in milk thistle, known as silymarin, helps to reduce inflammation. In fact, a 2012 study found that silymarin helped to protect against inflammation in the airways of allergic mice experiencing asthma. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22842463/) Superior Labs 100% Pure Milk Thistle capsules contain 250mg of pure milk thistle without any magnesium stearate, dioxides, preservatives or artificial ingredients of any kind. Learn more about how Superior Labs 100% Pure Milk Thistle can work for you here. (https://superiorlabs.com/collections/wellness/products/milk-thistle)
Digest This - Many people are surprised to learn that there is a direct link between allergies and gut health! If you suffer from any type of digestive problem, whether it be a condition like food intolerances or a leaky gut, you may be seeing an onset of allergy symptoms. 70% of our immune cells resides in our gut, so it’s quite likely that if our gut is compromised, our immune system will be as well. There is evidence that shows leaky gut syndrome can cause an influx in allergic symptoms due to it overwhelming the immune system. Maintain a good gut and strong immunity during allergy season with Superior Labs 100% Natural Bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that is extracted from the stem and fruit of the pineapple. It has been shown to help support healthy digestion as well as strengthen the immune system. Studies have shown that bromelain can be effective in treating respiratory distress and inflammation. (http://www.altmedrev.com/archive/publications/5/5/448.pdf) Superior Labs 100% Natural Bromelain is formulated, developed and manufactured in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility for top quality assurance. Learn more about this product and the benefits here. (https://superiorlabs.com/collections/digestive-health/products/bromelain)
Manage your Stress - Let’s be honest. This is been an extremely stressful year. Maybe you are like the majority of people who are starting to experience allergies for the first time in their lives! The trouble is that stress hormones can impact our body and negative ways, especially when it comes to the immune system. When this happens, seasonal allergies and the associated symptoms get amplified. It’s important to find methods of managing your stress in healthy ways. Try doing daily meditation for at least 15 minutes. Take baths, read a book, listen to soothing music…just submerge yourself in an activity that is rooted in love and self care. Your mind, spirit and sinuses will thank you!