Live An Allergy Soothing Lifestyle

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Try these 5 steps to boost your health so you can fend off allergy symptoms:

Eat a healthy diet. Can the right diet cure your allergies? No. But it can help soothe your symptoms. Load your plate with inflammation quenchers, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and fish. At the same time, cut back on foods that aggravate allergy-causing inflammation, including refined grains, red and cured meats, alcohol, and foods high in saturated fat and sugar. 

Exercise. Will regular exercise improve your allergy symptoms? It may not help directly, but it can help you cope with them. How? Exercise improves your sleep, overall health, immunity, fitness, and energy levels. It also increases production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, to help ease allergy-induced stress. Ask your doctor about exercises that are safe for allergies and asthma. 

Kick bad habits. You’ll have an easier time taming nasal allergy symptoms if you don’t smoke and you avoid inflammation-inducing junk food and cut back on the mai tais.

Get more sleep. Allergy symptoms can steal your sleep, adding to the daytime fatigue and misery brought on by a stuffy nose, constant sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. Ease nighttime symptoms with dust-proof pillow and mattress covers, a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom, and a hot shower before bed. 

Reduce stress. Allergies can dial-up stress fast, so carve out time for a daily round of meditation, positive visualization, yoga, tai chi, or even a weekly massage. These remedies won’t cure your allergies, but they’ll dampen the stress that comes with them. 

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