Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to get proactive about combating seasonal allergies. Anyone who suffers symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, or itchy and watery eyes every spring knows that it’s no fun. And regular workouts and other daily activities can be a serious challenge. Fortunately, local naturopath Dr. Jody Stanislaw, N.D., has simple tricks to help you manage and alleviate symptoms:
Allergies are caused by a histamine reaction in the body. When the body is dehydrated, histamine production increases significantly. So keep a water bottle with you and be sure to guzzle all day!
SKIP THE SUGAR
Sugar triggers an inflammatory response in your body that can weaken your immune system, making you less able to combat allergens. Studies show that 3 ounces of sugar can actually suppress your immune system within 30 minutes of consumption, a response that can last up to 5 hours. Since the typical American eats nearly one and a half times that amount on a daily basis, eliminating or even just reducing the amount of sugar—including sugary drinks, cookies and simple carbs such as white bread, rice and pasta—consumed in a day could significantly improve your chances of taking on seasonal allergens.
GET TO SLEEP
Getting adequate rest helps your immune system not overreact. About 7 to 9 hours of snooze time a night is ideal. Tonight's goal: Lights out by 10pm!
EAT PROTEIN FOR BREAKFAST
Consuming protein at your morning meal will help keep your blood sugar balanced…and balanced blood sugar helps your body better fight off allergens. Try scrambled eggs topped with salsa and avocado or an apple spread with almond butter for a healthy start to your day!
Get more tips for staying naturally allergy-free this spring! Dr. Jody will reveal additional tips in a special presentation in the Zenergy lobby on Wednesday, March 23, at 11:30am. This talk is free and open to the community – so bring a friend!