Today I opened my email and boom. The allergy tracker says the pollen count is high. I got to thinking why an allergy tracker? I’m thinking if you have seasonal allergies you certainly don’t need an allergy tracker to let you know how miserable you feel. Right?
With the fall the days get shorter, the fluctuating weather, comes the changing of the leaves, then falling, raking and burning of them all kicking in those ever present allergies. All the smells of fall are a challenge for people who suffer from these allergies not just because of the leaves, it’s the mold, ragweed, grass and various plant pollens triggering that scratchy throat, watering scratching eyes, runny nose and nasal congestion all making you miserable.
Allergies or the containment of is no small business. According to Allergy Statistics Fact Sheet from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology almost 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies, which begin in the spring and can last through the first frost. Americans spend as much as $4.5 billion annually on medications and doctor visits to treat their allergies.
What’s the problem with long term use of antihistamines? You might be surprised to know more than just drying up your eyes and nose.
Neurology Today published a new study published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA), anticholinergics (antihistamines) have been linked to memory loss, dementia and severe cognitive decline.
Instead of spending your hard earn dollars on allergy medications and saving yourself from developing dementia how about you spend it on good for you foods to help to get at the root cause of seasonal allergies … poor or reduced immune system function?
If you are ready to get started making a change up the foods you are eating read on.
Your doctor has known for a long time fruits and vegetables are closely linked to immune function preventing colds, flu, allergies and a host of chronic disease. The more fruits and vegetables you eat the stronger it is, the less the weaker.
According to a 2013 report in the Journal of Asthma choosing a diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and olive oil, with a lesser amount of meat such as the Mediterranean diet, increases your chance of controlling allergy related asthma.
In a recent study by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology researchers have found that being obese may make your asthma worse. The study reviewed 15 earlier studies on weight loss and asthma found these was asthma improvement after weight loss. So if you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, losing weight now will help reduce your allergy symptoms including asthma, plus you will love how you look and feel. If you need some help finding a healthy eating program, to help you lose weight we recommend this one Transform30.
Diets that encourage you to eat whole foods such as fresh raw apples, oranges, berries, cabbage and broccoli are high in Vitamin C and contain large amounts of quercetin. Quercetin prevents the immune system from releasing histamines that cause the allergy response and vitamin C aids in healing. The more of these foods you eat the less allergy symptoms you will experience. Looking for easy whole food nutrition that's simple, easy and affordable? Check into The Juice Plus Company for clinically research nutrition.
Experts agree taking a vitamin tablet is not as effective as eating two oranges per day. The vitamins in your food are the ones your body recognizes and know what to do with. Fresh is always best.
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