True story: I never had allergies until I moved to Atlanta. The longer days, blooming flowers, and warmer weather brings joy to many people. However, for some of us, this time of year also means the unwelcome return of seasonal allergies. The itchy eyes, sneezing fits, and constant congestion can make us feel like we’re under attack. I experienced this when I first moved to Atlanta and it attacked me again as soon as spring hit this year.🙈
See my hilarious post HERE on how I suffer during this season. Comment if you can relate.😭
But fear not! I’ll share strategies and lifestyle additions to help you fight back and reclaim your comfort during allergy season.
1.Identify Your Triggers:
The first step in combating seasonal allergies is to identify your specific triggers. Common culprits include pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds, as well as mold spores. Pay attention to when your symptoms worsen and try to pinpoint the environmental factors that may be contributing to your allergies. Keeping a journal can help you track your symptoms and identify patterns. Mine flare up when the grass is cut outside or if the house gets too dusty so I stay inside when the grass is being cut and I have a professional cleaner come once a month to help me deep clean. I’m sure my grandparents who were cleaners are doing flips right now but it’s just not my strength.🙈
Stay updated on the local pollen forecast. Many weather websites and allergy apps provide pollen counts specific to your area. By knowing the pollen levels in your surroundings, you can plan your activities accordingly. On days with high pollen counts, consider staying indoors or taking preventive measures before heading outside.
Reducing your exposure to allergens is key to managing seasonal allergies. Here are some practical steps you can take:
4.Keep windows closed: While it’s tempting to let the fresh air in, keeping windows closed can prevent pollen from entering your home. Especially when the grass is being cut or pollen count is high for me.
5.Use air purifiers: Invest in a high-quality air purifier with a HEPA filter to capture pollen, dust, and other allergens circulating indoors. I started using an air purifier about four years ago, and I keep it on all the time in my bedroom.
6.Wear a mask: I know, I hate them too! But when doing outdoor chores or spending time in heavily wooded or grassy areas, wearing a mask can help filter out allergens.
7.Take off your shoes: Removing your shoes before entering your home can prevent tracking pollen and other outdoor allergens inside. I know this is annoying for some but I’ve been doing this for over a decade and I just keep extra socks for my guests at the front door.
8.Shower and change clothes: Taking a shower and changing into fresh clothes after spending time outdoors can help remove pollen from your body and prevent it from settling in your home. I’ve always been a “no street clothes on the bed” kind of person so this is something that I request from my love as well because when he doesn’t, I’m always sneezing.😭😭😭
9.Create a Pollen-Safe Haven: Make your home a sanctuary from allergens by taking the following steps:
10.Clean regularly: Dust and vacuum your home frequently to minimize the presence of allergens. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to trap tiny particles effectively.
11.Keep pets clean: If you have pets that go outside, wipe their paws and fur with a damp cloth before they enter the house. This helps remove pollen they may have picked up outdoors.
12.Use allergen-proof bedding: Invest in hypoallergenic pillowcases, mattress covers, and bedding to create a barrier against allergens.
13.Use supplements and foods that calm allergies:
14.My number 1 bodyguard! Quercetin!
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may help stabilize the release of histamine, which is involved in allergic reactions. Foods rich in quercetin include apples, onions (I can’t eat these😭), citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, and leafy greens. I’ve been using Quercetin from global healing for over a year and I partnered with them so I could offer my community a huge discount. See details here.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties and may have anti-allergic effects. It acts as a natural antihistamine and can reduce inflammation. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers, and leafy greens.
Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support a healthy gut microbiome. Some studies suggest that certain strains of probiotics may help modulate the immune system and reduce allergy symptoms. Foods rich in natural probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods. I have yogurt or pickles at least once a week otherwise I’m not a huge fan of fermented food.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They can be found in walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
Bromelain: Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that has anti-inflammatory properties. It may help reduce nasal swelling and thin mucus, which can be beneficial for relieving congestion associated with allergies. Fresh pineapple or bromelain supplements can be considered. I personally eat pineapple, at least once a week and put pineapple in my smoothies.
While seasonal allergies may feel like an attack on your well-being, being armed with the right strategies and precautions, you can fight back and minimize their impact on your daily life.