The spring season almost begs us to head outdoors and get back to our favorite activities. Heading out for long walks or hikes on the weekend, jogging in the early evening, biking around our neighborhood and dining al fresco are just a few ways that we love to celebrate this beautiful season.
Unfortunately, for many of us, spending time outdoors during the height of pollen season can mean extreme discomfort in the form of sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes and a hacking cough. If you’re an allergy sufferer, spring can seem bittersweet. All the flowers and trees in bloom are lovely to look at, but the pollen they produce can make it impossible to spend time outside without feeling pretty dreadful.
We want to make it possible for you to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, and celebrate this gorgeous time of year without worrying about your sinuses. Our list of 7 Allergy Hacks can help you clear your airways and get back to an active life outdoors.
***Always consult your doctor before you begin any new method or treatment.
- Local Honey. Believe it or not, a spoonful a day of local honey can actually help to build up your body's immunity to regional pollen.
- Wash, wash, wash. And by clean, we mean everything. After spending time outdoors, head straight for the shower to rinse pollen off of your body and out of your pores. Change clothes (pollen actually sticks to your clothes!), make sure to regularly clean your floors and consider removing your shoes before entering your home (pollen gets tracked in on foot, too). Keeping yourself and your home clean and free of dust, pollen and other allergens (pet hair, etc.) will make a huge difference in relieving symptoms.
- Close those windows. This may seem obvious, and certainly it does take away those lovely fresh breezes, but minimizing exposure to pollen will go a long way. Keep your windows closed and use your air conditioning on to keep your home free and clear.
- Wear a hat and glasses. Prevent pollen from blowing into your eyes while you're out by blocking the path with a wide brimmed hat and glasses. Bonus? You'll also end up looking glamorous.
- Spend time outdoors at dusk. Trees tend to release their pollen in the early morning, making morning and the earlier part of the day the toughest time to head out without getting blasted. Choose to take your workout outdoors in the evening, and make most of your time outside in the later hours of the day.
- Reduce inflammation through diet. Relieve inflammation naturally by incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet (think grilled salmon and flaxseed in your smoothie). Foods that reduce inflammation will help to soothe your inflamed airways, and provide you with the energy you need to feel your best.
- Reduce stress. Both allergy and asthma symptoms are worse when stress is at its peak. Reduce stress in your life, and loosen up your entire body, including your respiratory tract. Breathing exercises, yoga, meditation and forming supportive relationships will all help to keep the stress from mounting, and increasing the strain on your suffering sinuses.