Managing The New Season's Allergies (Updated Fall 2017)
Posted in Health on October 27, 2017
So, the summer and the holidays are gone and now the days keep getting shorter and shorter. Well, it is fall (or autumn). Time for to be back to school, think about Thanksgiving and to be prepared to fight against allergies.
Autumn Allergies Triggers
According to the main medical researchers, fall allergies have some triggers, as follows:
- Ragweed that starts to release pollen in August, which can last until October, is the biggest fall allergy trigger. Up to 75% of people allergic to spring plants, as well as to bananas, melon, and zucchini, are responsive to ragweed. And, be aware that ragweed pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind.
- Mold that can grow on piles of damp leaves as well as in your basement or bathroom.
- And dust mites that went dormant on the end of the summer, and can get stirred into the air when you first turn on your heat in the fall.
Warning: keep in mind that kids are more exposure to mold and dust mites, as well as chalk dust, or even food that triggers allergies, when they are going back to school. So, it is wise to notify the school nurse about eventual children’s allergies.
The leading allergy’s symptoms are:
- watery eyes,
- itchy eyes,
- runny noses, and
- dark circles under the eyes.
How To Manage Symptoms
While you can simply take medicines when fall arrives, you can also actively prevent all the symptoms and boost your immunity. Here is a list of some healthy solutions:
The healthy bacteria found in yogurt make your gut and intestinal tract stronger to fight against disease-causing germs. Look for “live and active cultures” yogurt like Greek yogurt. I take my daily serving plain and sweeten it with healthy fruits or homemade jelly.
You can make your own yogurt at home with the GeekChef 11-in-1 Multi-Functional Electric Pressure Cooker. And besides yogurt, you will have a pressure cooker, slow cooker, pressure canner, rice cooker, sous-vide, soup cooker, sautée, steamer, simmer, and insulation warmer. You can save time and money cooking at home, eat better, and save on kitchen counter space with this multi-functional electric pressure cooker. You can learn more about the GeekChef here.
If you would rather have an exclusive appliance for making yogurt, then your best choice is the Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker (see lowest price here). It comes with seven glass jars and they are dishwasher safe and allow you to make up to seven different yogurt flavors per batch. You can also use a bigger pyrex container if you want to make larger batches each time.
Whether you use a yogurt maker or not, make sure you eat plenty of good bacteria in your homemade yogurt by using the Greek Yogurt Starter Culture (see lowest price) which is a blend of bacteria that enriches your yogurt and gives you easier digestion. Handle it properly and your Greek Yogurt Starter Culture can be reused indefinitely.
Comfort food is a must for me and when the temperatures drop in the fall, chicken soup is my best option.
As I learned, besides being a tasty choice during these cold days, when the chicken is cooked, it releases cysteine acid. This acid chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may explain at least one scientific study, made by the University of Nebraska, that found that eating chicken soup blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells in the bronchial tubes.
Another important help is the great amount of vitamin B-6 which is founded in chicken meat, as well as poultry and turkey. 3 ounces of chicken meat contains 40 to 50% of your daily recommended amount of B-6. Vitamin B-6 is responsible, among other tasks, for the formation of new healthy red blood cells.
Important to mention: the soup’s salty broth make the mucus thinner, as cough medicines do, without all the side effects. If you add garlic and onion, you certainly increase the immune-boosting power of your chicken soup. And I cook it with some carrots too, finely grated, to add some carotene - vitamin A precursor.
Another relevant fact is that chicken broth made by boiling chicken bones contains chondroitin and gelatin plus other serviceable nutrients to increase immunity and the gut healing.
Chicken soup can be a warm choice, but it take a good amount of time to prepare some. The GeekChef I mentioned above allows you to save time in the kitchen. Another good option is the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Digital Timer. You can program what will be your cooking period (between 30 minutes to 20 hours). Once the cycle is complete, it will progress automatically to the Warm setting, so, when you run back home, your meal is waiting for you at the right temperature. And it is easy to clean as well. See more reviews and details here.
- Black tea: a Harvard study found that people who daily drank 5 cups of black tea for 2 weeks had 10 times more interferon, a virus-fighting substance, than others who drank a hot drink placebo. L-theanine is an abundant amino acid responsible for this immune boost through the production of germ-fighting compounds in white cells of your blood, T-cells type, which are present in the decaf versions too.
- Green tea: it has a lot of epigallocatechin gallate, which is a powerful antioxidant and has shown to increases the immune function. Green tea is also a good source of L-theanine.
And in order to be ready for making a cup of tea any time, I suggest you to have an electric kettle handy, such as the Ovente KG83 Electric Kettle. It has a concealed heating element and its capacity is 1.5 L (6.3 cups). It boils water 85% more efficient than if you boil it on the stove. It has a LED indicator that will turn on as it begins to boil and automatically shut off after boiling. The automatic shut-off button works as a dry protection function, as well if there is no water in the carafe. It comes with an easy-to-clean filter that suppresses limescale deposits. Find today's lowest price here.
Always prefer organic tea. Yes, organic can be more expensive than commercial products, but we are talking avoiding medicines and doctors, so it is better to invest in good products that will work for you, instead of bringing more man-made chemicals into your body.
My suggestion is the Stash Organic Tea Six-Flavor Assortment. You will receive 6 boxes, each with one different flavor and 18 tea bags, for a total of 108 tea bags. I like the Stash Organic Tea because it blends more than one flavor per bag, which means that you will drink more than one group of vitamins and elements that will further boost your immunity. And, of course among these 6 flavors, we will find black and green tea. Besides all these benefits, it is Kof-K Kosher certified. Read verified reviews here.
Zinc is a primordial mineral for the development of white blood cells and one of the most common nutritional shortfalls on adults in America.
So, the good running of your immunity system is directly linked to the zinc supply to your body, once even a little zinc deficiency can rise the infection risk.
As beef is the main source of zinc, those who have cut it also have increased their allergy exposure.
3 ounces of beef can provide about 30% of the Daily Value (DV) for zinc, which is probably sufficient for stopping this mineral deficiency. If you are not a beef person, you can ingest zinc from yogurt, pork, poultry or oyster.
Besides the countless ways to provide your beef intake, you can also choose to do supplement zinc. This is especially good for men of all ages. My suggestion is the Garden of Life Zinc Vitamin Supplement with Vitamin C (60 Capsules). This supplement contains 200% of the zinc's DV (30 mg RAW zinc) and 100% of raw vitamin C DV. Since zinc can be a little aggressive for your stomach, Garden of Life Zinc Vitamin contain a great protection for your digestive system by adding a raw probiotic and enzyme blend. Besides all these benefits, it is vegan, gluten free, dairy free and non-GMO. Click here to read customer reviews.
"Studies show that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive." This is a quote from Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine in Washington, DC.
The most efficient mushrooms for boosting your immunity are shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms.
A good way to improve your mushroom intake, besides an omelet or put it on a pizza, is to grill it, and for that you can use a George Foreman Grill (read my review) which come with George Tough™ Triple non-stick coating which eliminates need for oil and it is very durable. As as matter of fact, it increases the flavor of the ingredient itself, if you are grilling a T-bone or a slice of mushroom, all you will get is the flavor of the meat or of the veggie itself.
Vitamin C is well known as its power for fighting against a cold. That happens because it helps you develop your immune system through your white cells. Yes, the white cells again. And, as a matter of fact, when you think about vitamin C, you remember citrus fruits. But, we have other sources like bell peppers (sweet peppers), blackcurrants, broccoli, chili peppers, guava, kiwi, and parsley, for example. It is important for you to know that your body does not store vitamin C, so you need daily doses of it.
Ensuring your daily vitamin intake with a fresh juice made with the Aicok Masticating Juicer/Extractor. Its lower speed (80rpm) extracts more vitamins, enzymes, minerals and trace minerals compared to a centrifugal juicer, meaning less foaming, which prevents oxidation, turning your juice healthier.
This Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor can accommodate fibrous vegetables such as celery and ginger, as well as leafy greens, so you will be able to add more healthy elements to your juice.
Read verified customer reviews here.
Yes, I know it. It smells awful! But it is wonderful when the matter is about allergy due to its high concentration of allicin, a sulfur-containing compound. In addition to this, it is an effective agent for to fight against high blood pressure, cholesterol or heart attacks. And also helps you providing detox and cleansing abilities.
If you are concerned about your breath, I suggest you the BRI Nutrition Odorless Garlic. This is a 60-day supply of garlic oil 1,000 mg garlic oil. It also contains parsley seed, so you will have all benefits keeping your breath fresh all day long. You can read customer reviews here.
Ginger helps decrease inflammation by its bioactive substance gingerol. This is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. It may also be effective against the RSV virus, which is a common cause of respiratory infections. You can eat it in your food or get a ginger supplement (see lowest price).
And now other tips to manage symptoms:
Check out your local weather channel to find out when pollen is at its peak. Stay indoors, with the doors and windows closed whenever possible. And if it will be not possible, and you need to take a car, keep the windows rolled up as well.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
At the end of the summer, clean your air conditioning and change the filter, so you get rid of allergens or mold that will travel by air as soon as you turn it on again. Also, clean your AC unit with the Nu-Calgon 4171-75. It is self-rinsing, it liquefies dirt, grease, and other residues, and it is safe for use on metals and other surfaces since it is made with corrosion inhibitors. Read customer reviews here.
Use a dehumidifier to keep your air between 35% and 50% humidity and prevent mold from growing. Mold, like dust mites, loves humid environments.
The Frigidaire FAD704DWD (see lowest price) protects your home from mold and mildew caused by excess moisture. It also helps to eliminate bacteria in the air that can make breathing difficult, by controlling the exact percentage of humidity in your room. Antibacterial mesh washable filter that also reduces room odors and other airborne particles. Low temperature operation saves energy and money, and it is Energy Star-rated too.
Also ventilate your home regularly, especially the bathroom. This is good practice to prevent condensation. Cooking is a source of condensation as well, so pay attention to your kitchen too. If you see some mold around window sills, clean them up with a weak bleach solution.
Get rid of dust! Choose roller blinds or washable curtains and steam them regularly. Besides the steam cleaners, I want to suggest you one that is a fabric steamer, which can also be used as an iron because it has a built-in ironing board, plus it works very well on curtains.
The PureSteam Duo Iron & Pressurized Garment Steamer gives you 30 minutes of steaming per tank. No need to stop working all the time to refill it. There are four fabric settings (synthetics, silk, wool, and cotton) to give you the best steam temperature and a safety cap to help with burn prevention. Click here to see more details.
Use a HEPA filter in your heating system and vacuum cleaner to remove pollen, mold, and other particles from the air. The Deik Cordless Vacuum Cleaner helps you get rid of bacteria and dust mites because of its HEPA and sponge filtration. Beyond this great protection against allergies, the Deik becomes a handheld vacuum cleaner and you can clean tight spaces. You can also vacuum clean high places because of its long, slim poles. Read customer reviews here.
Rinse Your Nose
Our nose is a great filter and it helps us to maintain our immunity to healthy levels. You can keep it clean with an ancient nasal irrigation practice known as Neti. There is a Neti ceramic pot that is dishwasher safe and helps you with the best cleaning nasal irrigation. Read reviews here to find more details.
And, if you live in an area that is too exposed to allergens, you can also adopt an air purifier to help you clean the air inside your home.
The best air purifiers use HEPA filters and the Honeywell HHP-011 (see lowest price) is great. It has 3 filtration levels:
- Washable pre-filter lock in the large airborne particles,
- Permanent HEPA-type filter that catches 95% of mold, spores, pet dander, smoke, pollen and dust, and
- Ionizer that brings extra cleaning delivering fresh air.
So, enjoy all the fall benefits and Thanksgiving joy and protect yourself and your family from the allergy.