Natural Ways to Fight Allergies
Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
If you suffer from allergies, you know that taking a daily over-the-counter pill can get costly. Not to mention the potential drowsy side-effects you may encounter. There are many natural ways you can keep allergies out of your home and out of your body. Here are a few ideas:
Get an Air Purifier
An air purifier is a must for anyone who suffers from year-round allergies. Be sure to get one with a HEPA filter, which can remove a significant amount of dust, pollen, and mold spores from the air. If your allergies are really bad, place one in multiple rooms of the house to really clean the air.
Kick Off Your Shoes
When you enter your home, your shoes track in dust, pollen, pet dander and more from the outside. Keep a nice shelf or basket for your shoes by the front door. Ask all of your guests to do the same when they come visit. If they’re uncomfortable walking around in their socks, provide washable slippers or flip flops for them to wear.
Wash That Bedding
Wash all of the bedding in your home once a week. Dust mites just love hanging out in your bed!
Get Rid of Any Clutter
If you have a bunch of stuff lying around your home that isn’t used, consider getting rid of it. Chances are it’s covered in dust. If you keep shoes on the floor of your closet, put them in a hanging shoe organizer or shoe rack. Put all of your dirty sports equipment in the garage. Once you’ve done that, you can adequately sweep, vacuum, or mop your newly empty floor space.
Add These Healthy Supplements
Vitamin C, fish oils, quercetin and probiotics have all been shown to help keep allergies at bay. Vitamin C helps prevent the formation of histamines, which cause your allergy symptoms to flare up. Fish oils act as an anti-inflammatory, which is essential for overall health. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can boost your immune system to fight allergic reactions. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid found in onions. This natural supplement has been proven effective for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and the common cold.
Steam clean your carpets and furniture every 6 months. This helps significantly cut down on dust mite populations and allergen levels.
Keep Your Bathroom Dry
During or after your shower, keep a window open or an exhaust fan on to keep your bathroom dry. Warm, moist environments are breeding grounds for mold, which is a top allergen.