1. Stop the sneezing
To stop the sniffles try to eliminate the following foods from your diet: wheat, dairy, shellfish, chocolate, cold and raw foods, fried foods, white sugar, bleached flours, and sweetened beverages. If you suffer from ragweed or other weed pollen allergies you will definitely want to avoid the following foods and herbs: melons, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, bananas, chamomile, and echinacea.
2. Spice up your resistance
If you enjoy some fire in your dishes, then you are in for a happy surprise: spices can thin the mucous secretions that are so often a byproduct of allergies. Use more cayenne pepper, hot ginger, fenugreek, onion, and garlic in your cooking so that you are free to smell the roses without the symptoms!
3. Fight allergies with healthy fats
Make sure to include fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds in your diet daily for their anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Vaporize your allergies
To breathe more clearly, try this stovetop remedy. Put one drop of menthol or wintergreen into a pot of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel, lean over the pot and inhale the vapors. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot steam.
5. Another one bites the dust
If the choice is up to you, opt for solid wood or stone floors--carpets tend to breed dust mites and fungal colonies. Vacuum twice a week and limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold.
6. Say no to Fido and flowers
To get your beauty rest, keep pets away from the bedroom, beds, and couches. Leave the plants and flowers to the florist, as they sometimes harbor mold that exacerbate your allergies.
7. Cultivate allergy-free air
Toss the chemical cleaners, perfumes, and hair sprays if you want to breathe better. Try to minimize cooking fumes and do not smoke. Keep car windows closed and set the air conditioner to use re-circulated air.
8. Avoid pesky pollen
To minimize pollen and allergen exposure, wash your clothes and shower as soon as you come in from the great outdoors. Outside pollen counts are usually highest between 5 and 10 a.m. so spend as little time as possible out doors during this time of day.
This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.