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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sweet Spring-Agravated Allergies

The sweet sounds and smells of spring! After hibernating through the Canadian winter, it is such a joy when the weather warms, the snow melts, birds begin to sing a little earlier and loudly and those buds begin to appear on the trees.

Since moving to Ontario I, like so many others, have been affected with seasonal allergies. At one point they were getting so intense I was spending most of August and early September travelling to get away from the Ottawa valley.

I have been integrating some natural methods to help alleviate my allergy symptoms. I have found a neti pot helps (if you want to know how to use a neti pot-(its not pretty the first few times you try it) please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9i6x6uGm2k&feature=related) and have been using some aryuvedic herbs.

Ayurveda says that in the springtime, when the weather starts to get warmer, toxins in the body "melt" and can clog up our overwhelmed system that is trying to deal with the pollen, dust, and mold in the air. The good news is that the body has its own natural defense against allergens, and that we can help boost up these defenses so that we can face the season strong. Here are some tips: (Coffey News)
-Add allergy-fighting spices to your diet. Turmeric, sage, red pepper, cumin, and coriander are all know to help with allergies.
-Keep digestion strong. Choose fresh foods, rather than packaged, canned, or leftover foods. Drink warm water throughout the day
- avoid iced and carbonated beverages.
-Follow the Kapha balancing diet, avoid dairy products, and fried foods.
-Wherever possible, use hard flooring rather than rugs or carpets in your home. Hard flooring is easier to clean and doesn't collect as much dust.
-Keep windows closed during pollen season. Change clothes after spending time outside.
-Use a Neti pot to soothe dry nasal passages and rinse away dust, pollen and other irritants.

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