Are you at the mercy of your hay fever? If itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing have taken over your life, changing your daily habits can help you manage your symptoms and reduce your exposure to the environmental allergens, such as pollens, that trigger them. New habits can be hard to develop, so start with one that will be easy for you to implement, and work your way up from there.
The following ten daily habits will help you put your symptoms back in their place:
- Keep your windows closed at times when the pollen count is highest (usually in the early morning and evening) to prevent pollen entering your home and triggering your symptoms.
- Take Alergeze or Histease, a herbal formula shown to reduce symptoms of hay fever such as sneezing, nasal congestion and nasal itching.
- Reduce your intake of histamine-triggering foods and drinks, such as coffee and alcohol (especially beer, cider, and wine, which contain high histamine levels). Histamine is the chemical your immune system produces when exposed to allergens, responsible for the swelling and itching in your nasal passages and eyes. However, it is also found in some foods and drinks, and avoiding these may help reduce your symptoms.
- Vacuum your house frequently, preferably with a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filter. This can remove pollens and other allergens from your home, keeping them from causing symptoms.
- Take Ultra Flora Immune Control, or AllerGI probiotics, both available at the clinic in the reception fridge. They help reduce the occurrence of allergy symptoms such as hay fever by improving the balance of bacteria in your gut (find out more about this here).
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses and a hat with a brim to keep pollen out of your eyes to limit itchy, streaming, swollen eyes.
- Minimise pollen being spread throughout your house, by showering, washing your hair and changing your clothes as soon as you get home. Not only will this keep pollen from triggering your symptoms, but it will make less work for you when you vacuum.
- Wash your bed sheets frequently and at a high temperature to remove pollen that may have made its way into bed on your clothes, hair, or through your window. Dry your sheets indoors to prevent pollen sticking to them as they dry.
- Check tomorrow’s pollen forecast so you can be prepared to manage a high pollen day.
- Take Alergenics powder, a nutritional and herbal supplement that has been formulated to help provide allergy symptom support by working on the gut and “leaky gut” .
Show Hay Fever Who’s Boss
To get on top of hay fever this season, see your naturopath Lisa for an Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program. This program includes the supplements listed above, as well as a dietary elimination and re-challenge plan to help you determine whether your diet is playing a role in your hay fever symptoms. Use these ten daily habits, in combination with a program from naturopath Lisa, to help reduce your symptoms and conquer hay fever. Book here.
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