Oh Spring , the beauty of this season just had to be tainted by our dreaded seasonal allergies. While the warmer weather starts settling in, the flowers and trees are beautifully budding; cue the relentless sneezing fits and itchy eyes to ruin the moment. We've just made it through 3 months of cold , have we not suffered enough??
This Spring we take charge of our seasonal allergies , no more walking about in fear of another sneezing fit or having eye drops on call. We've got a few lifestyle tips and tricks up our sleeve to help keep you sneeze-free this Spring:
Apple Cider Vinegar has become a lifestyle favourite over the years. Its benefits include assisting with weight loss; improving certain skin conditions and even assisting to lower high blood pressure. While ACV does not contain antihistamine properties , it does help by clearing out the mucus of a stuffy nose, helping you to breathe a little easier. Drink 1-2 cap-fulls of ACV in warm water, once or twice a day to help with mucus de-congestion.
Pollen, dust and other allergy-causing particles need to be flushed out of your body, so be sure to drink your daily dose of 8-10 glasses of water. Water keeps your system hydrated and ready to get rid of any foreign particles. Water also helps to keep your immune system in check as it fights off the foreign particles in the body.
Ingesting honey, which comes from pollen, may help your system to develop an immunity to pollen and its allergy-causing properties. Start with a tablespoon a day , eaten as is or mixed into a warm mug of lemon water.
Stinging Nettle provides a natural remedy for seasonal allergies and hay fever. This herbal tea helps to inhibit histamine production in the body, thus reducing the reactionary symptoms, such as sneezing or itchy eyes, that occur when you come into contact with an allergen (pollen, dust etc.).
With these lifestyle tips we hope to have equipped you to smell the roses this Spring without a sniffle or a sneeze!
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