According to the American Academy of Allergy, roughly 20% (seems low doesn't it?) of Americans suffer from allergies. If you find yourself amongst this unfortunate group, let me provide some tips for staying allergy free this summer.
- Magnesium eases breathing: some immunologists suggest taking 400 mg of magnesium helps with nasal allergies and breathing problems. Magnesium is also a natural muscle relaxant too as a bonus if you suffer from frequent muscle spam.
- Drink a lot of cool water: It probably seems counterintuitive to recommend drinking water with all of that liquid in your sinuses, nose and eyes. But rehydrating is one of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body.
- Take a whole food based vitamin C: Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine.
- Wear sunglasses when going outside: Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, creates a certain amount of photosensitivity. Wearing sunglasses helps reduce your sensitivity to light and thus helps your eyes from excessive watering.
- Check the local pollen count: While this seems obvious, most people forget to do it. If you have severe allergies, you might consider wearing a mask on days when the pollen count is sky high.
If you've taken these steps and find you, or someone you know is still suffering from allergies, send them our way. We've had great success treating allergy sufferers with electronic acupuncture. Also, keeping your spine healthy is helpful in combating allergies as it helps boost the immunity to ward off unwanted intruders.