We are currently in the midst of one of the worst allergy seasons, ever, due to the extremely mild winter in most of the United States. Did you know that stress can intensify your response to allergens by compromising the immune system? Since yoga is the perfect antidote to stress, try a few minutes of morning yoga to set a relaxed tone for the day. As little as 3 minutes of gentle postures can make a big difference, not just to your allergies but to your entire day! Pick a pose, like downward facing dog and simply hang out, breathe and let go. Research also suggests that 800 mg of vitamin E each day can help ease allergy symptoms. Additionally, quercetin, an antioxidant found in apples and onions may block the release of histamines. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies can’t hurt, either as they are chock full of oxidants to defend against the histamines. Finally, make sure to drink a lot of good old H2O to not only keep mucus thin, but also to hydrate the nasal passages and bronchial tubes.
Seems like what is good to help our allergies is the same stuff that’s good for our entire well being. Healthy eating and daily exercise. Get on it and make it a fabulous Friday.