After suffering through months of frigid weather and barren tree branches, spring is finally on the way. Pretty soon, the frost will melt away, the days will grow longer, birds will begin chattering, trees will turn green, buds will plump and the bees will start buzzing.
But, along with the joys of this season of renewal comes one majorly irritating nuisance: allergies. Decongestants and antihistamines aren’t your only remedy for itchy eyes and a runny nose. Here are some natural tips to make this transition easier on your sinuses.
Dust and dirt trap pollen, so thorough spring cleaning is a must. While you’re at it, install new air conditioning filters as well.
That thick head of hair acts as a nest for pollen. Take a shower before you hit the sack to avoid transferring pollen to your sheets and pillowcases.
Invest in an air purifier to eliminate airborne contaminants like pollen, dust, mildew and mold, which can exacerbate your allergies.
Drink plenty of water to flush those allergens out of your system. Cut down on caffeinated drinks and salty snacks or increase your water intake accordingly to counterbalance ingestion of these types of beverages and foods.
Start your mornings with a shot of wheatgrass juice. This healthy fluid is rich in nutrients like protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron to help detoxify your body. Imbibing just two ounces is equivalent to eating almost five pounds of vegetables.
Stick to a good workout routine. Cardiovascular exercise bolsters your respiratory system, not to mention all those toxins you’ll sweat out in the process.