Getting Ready for Allergy Season

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015

Getting Ready for Allergy Season

Spring is the peak allergy season of the year for many allergy sufferers. The early onset of warm weather in many areas of the country means that pollen counts may be especially high this year.  Have you started getting ready to deal with allergy symptoms?

If you’re one of the 50 million people in the U.S. with allergies, there is much you can do to combat allergies. The key is to treat the underlying inflammation. Here are some tips:

  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and other plant foods. Many plants are rich in flavonoids, natural substances that have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Get enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat low-mercury fish twice a week or talk to your doctor about taking a fish oil supplement. If you are vegetarian, look to vegetable sources of omega-3 fats such as flaxseeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, soy and canola oil. Omega-3 supplements derived from algae are also available on the market.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity has anti-inflammatory effects. Pick activities you enjoy and build up gradually with your doctor’s approval.
  • Get a handle on stress. Excess stress in your life triggers your body’s stress hormones and inflammatory mediators. To calm stress, learn a relaxation technique like meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Consider medications or supplements. Antihistamine drugs, anti-allergy herbs, or supplements like quercetin are just a few of the many examples. For a complete rundown on your options, refer to my book Allergy Guide: Alternative & Conventional Solutions. Click here for more information:

Even making small changes in what you do can have big results. Here’s hoping you have a lovely spring with fewer allergy symptoms this year!

This post is written by Elizabeth S. Smoots, MD. Dr. Smoots’ blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Before adhering to any recommendations in this blog consult your healthcare provider. ©2012 Elizabeth S. Smoots, MD, LLC.
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