Natural ways to beat allergies
Your weak immune system is not the sole culprit behind the allergies you suffer from every now and then. Rather, it’s more about your careless habits that make you vulnerable to allergies. So this season, if you want to free yourself from those non-stop sneezing, runny nose and red eyes, then twist your ways, food habits and take some precautions to beat allergies naturally. We explain you what to do and how to do over here...
Check what you are eating and drinking
The first step towards combating allergies is boosting your immunity. So start eating foods rich in plant antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Yes, we are taking about citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, Indian gooseberries, blueberries, etc.
- Next the leafy greens and coloured vegetables like broccoli, kale, celery, spinach, parsley, beet root, carrots, beans, etc. Eat them alternately too fight allergies.
- Choose foods rich in quercetin – a natural phytochemical that protects you from allergies. Apples and onions are laden with quercetin and you should have them every day.
- Are you drinking enough water? You must consume at least 10 glasses of water daily.
- Have green tea regularly. Cut down on caffeinated beverages
- Ayurvedic doctors suggest supplements of nettle and pineapple enzymes if you are vulnerable to respiratory infections. They are natural options for allergy treatment.
Protect yourself from the triggers
When you know the triggers, you can very well protect yourself from them all around the year...Take the following measures:
- Keep your windows closed during, especially during the morning in spring and winters. It’s the peak time when pollens and dust get blown off.
- Turn of your air conditioner as the air filter purifies the environment of your room.
- Make sure to wash your bed sheets, pillow covers, curtains and other upholsteries at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, once in a week or in a fortnight
- Cover your nose and mouth properly while dusting your home. You have to ensure that your home is free from dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pet dander, etc. and the furniture, books, etc. are totally dust proof.
- Always keep your nose and mouth covered with a mask or a cloth while moving out of your home. This way the allergens cannot enter your body.
Self care for allergies
Apart from foods, natural therapies and environmental solutions, your personal hygiene bears utmost significance in reducing your risks of getting allergies. So what should you do? We explain below:
- Wash your hands after returning from outdoors with an antiseptic lotion and it’s a must before eating. Encourage your kids too to practise hygiene.
- Take shower every day in warm water. You can use an antiseptic soap, however, it’s optional.
- Flush your nostrils daily. You can also irrigate them with saline water solution (water mixed with a pinch of salt)
- Exercise- yoga helps a lot when it comes to boosting your immunity. Make sure you dedicate at least 15 minutes to these 5 breathing techniques viz. kapalbhati (shining forehead breath), anulom vilom (alternate nostril breath), bahya pranayam (external breath), bhramari (bee breath) and sitali and sitkari pranayama (cooling breath)
Lastly, if your doctor has advised some anti-allergy medicines, then make sure you take them as per the directions.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: may 31, 2014