A Holistic Guide to Surviving Spring Allergies

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It might seem as if time has flown by with everything going on, but believe it or not, it’s May — and that means spring has officially sprung. And while it’s a much different spring than any of us could have anticipated, there is a consistent theme of social distancing allergies.

The arrival of warm weather, trees budding, flowers blooming, and the sun shining brings with it the dreaded histamine reaction we all know but nobody loves. Luckily, there are some holistic steps you can take to help combat the symptoms right from the start, and local acupuncturist Ani Baran of NJ Acupuncture Center is here to help.

This year, with some extra idle time at home, take matters {and your allergies} into your own hands — here is your spring allergies survival guide.

Try Acupuncture or At-Home Acupressure 

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Acupuncture is a reliable and lasting remedy for allergies because it does two concurrent, crucial things. First, it treats the symptoms brought on by allergies {those runny noses, itchy throats, and other less-than-stellar symptoms.} and second, it addresses the imbalances in the body’s energy that lead to being susceptible to seasonal allergies in the first place. 

Read More: About Hudson Family Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, & Acupuncture

Manage Your Stressors

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Stress doesn’t only affect your emotions — it has a real, physical impact on your body, too. In order to effectively combat allergies, a calm, relaxed body and mind are essential. If not, your physical stress response can cause a rise of inflammation within the body, which will only exacerbate your existing spring allergy symptoms. So if there was ever an important time to relax, this is it. 

Get Enough Sleep

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Sleep is nature’s magic medicine for so many things. During a time while we may be struggling to relax and get a good night’s sleep, it’s especially important for allergy sufferers to try their best to prioritize rest. Overnight, your body and organs will restore and repair from the day’s work, and without enough time to do so, they will struggle even more to fight against allergy-producing pollutants.

Use an Air Purifier

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Even though we are spending most of our time indoors right now, we’re still exposed to allergens every time we open a window, feel a breeze, or head outside to run errands or go for a socially distanced walk. You may not see them, but dust, pollen, and their other little pesky friends invade our air and need to be properly filtered to keep symptoms at bay. Be sure to find a filter with HEPA properties, and run it as consistently as possible.

Use Probiotics Daily

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You may or may not be aware that a good chunk of our health issues can arise from an improperly balanced gut. Ani believes that gut health is incredibly important, and taking a daily probiotic as well as eating as healthfully and cleanly as possible is essential to keeping your body working right.

Read More: A Local Dietitian Shares The Best Immune-Boosting Foods

Take Vitamin C

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Vitamin C can help reduce your histamine levels aka the reaction that causes your itchiness, hives, rashes, discomfort, etc. You can take a daily supplement, while also ensuring you incorporate vitamin C rich foods into your diet including red and yellow peppers, citrus, watermelon, and other foods and vegetables. 

Which of these tips will you be trying? Let us know in the comments!

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