After a long, cold winter, many of us are thrilled when we see the first signs of the spring season – unless you’re one of the 36 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies. For those plagued with spring allergies, the warmer weather, vibrant greens, and budding flowers bring with it a slew of uncomfortable conditions such as headaches, itchy eyes, and a perpetually runny nose that can often last the entire spring, throughout all of the summer, and into the fall.
Stop hibernating at the first signs of spring to avoid seasonal allergy discomfort. Try these tips and suggestions to reduce the adverse impact allergies can have on your quality of life.
The first step in fighting your allergies is to understand precisely what you’re battling. Yes, you probably have a general idea about what’s ailing you when you step outside. However, getting tested by your doctor can help pinpoint your vulnerabilities and create a plan of action to reduce your symptoms.
Call Your Chiropractor
Regular chiropractic care can have a significant influence on the impact of allergies. Consistent adjustments regulate blood flow and communication between the spinal cord and brain. Proper spinal alignment boosts the immune system, reduces stress hormones, and promotes respiratory health, all of which can help with allergy symptoms.
Change Up Your Diet
An anti-inflammatory diet offers a slew of health benefits and may actually reduce your risk for outdoor sensitivities. Well-balanced nutrition fortifies your immune system, keeping it ready to repair itself and fight off allergens. Some essential foods to work into your daily routines include:
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Bone broth
- Almond butter
- Coconut milk
You may also want to consider gluten-free grains and flour to help reduce your allergy symptoms. Additionally, apple cider vinegar and raw honey can help your body resist an allergy attack.
Include Essential Oils
It may seem like essential oils are a current health trend, but the healing powers of various oils have been hailed for centuries. Two essential oils in particular have gained attention for reducing harmful toxins and triggers: eucalyptus and frankincense. Use eucalyptus oil in your diffuser or place a few drops into each load of laundry to minimize allergies. Rub frankincense on your chest or behind your ears to reap its healing, allergy-fighting benefits.
Stay Vigilant Against Outdoor Pollens
Make it your mission to keep outside pollens, well, outside. Wear sunglasses to keep it from getting into your eyes and a mask to minimize how much you inhale. Additionally, make removing outdoor work clothes and showering right after a day of yard work part of your daily routine.
Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? We can help. Contact us today to consult with our onsite chiropractor.