Say Goodbye to Hayfever & Allergies

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Hayfever is most frequently caused by breathing in plant pollens such as ragweed and grass pollen or airborne toxins and dust particles.

Hayfever is a reaction of the mucous membranes of the air passages, eyes and nose and symptoms typically include headaches, itching in the eyes, throat and/or pain in the sinuses.

A clear, watery discharge from the nose and eyes is the most common reaction of someone suffering from hayfever or sneezing and nervous irritability.

If you experience these symptoms, it's best to avoid all dairy and meat products, refined sugars, processed wheat and flour, as these foods will usually overload your system at a time when it is trying to resist and rid itself of the offending airborne particles.

A couple of simple tips to help relieve hayfever include the use of water and salt nasal sprays as well as drinking one teaspoon of good salt to 1-2 litres of pure water each day.

I would also recommend ensuring that you sleep with the windows and doors open at night to enable good clean air to circulate when you sleep.  Ceiling fans and box fans are also extremely effective because they attract the airborne dander and particles onto their blades, purifying the air that you breath at home.

ALLERGIES

Airborne particles are often called environmental allergens.  

Some examples of airborne particles that can cause allergies in people include animal dander i.e. flakes of dried scaly skin, and dried saliva from your pets and dust mites that live inside.

One of the most widespread and troublesome chemicals that can contribute to airborne allergies is formaldehyde, which is found in household structural items including carpets, insulation, particle board and plaster.

Antibiotics and medications used to treat infections are the most common types of drugs that cause allergic reactions.  Other common causes include over exposure to chemicals found in cosmetics, laundry detergents, household cleaning products, dyes, pesticides and sprays.

Here are some tips to help you avoid airborne allergens:

  • Minimise the amount of time your pets spend inside, particularly your bedroom. Bathe and brush them regularly;
  • If possible, remove carpets from your bedroom and heavy drapes or curtains that allow dust and dander to accumulate;
  • Increase ventilation in your home and workplace (if possible).  At the very least, ensure your stepping outside regularly to get good clean air into your sinuses;
  • Use ceiling fans because they're the best air purifiers that exist (apart from moving outside air);
  • Avoid damp areas, keep bathrooms and towels clean and dry and exposed to fresh air as much as possible.

If you're susceptible to hayfever or airborne allergies, the key is to ensure that you're not adding to the problem and to take simple steps to reduce your risk of suffering from these types of conditions.

I can't reinforce enough that the first principle of health is good, clean AIR.  

And when you're constantly breathing it, you'll soon find that airborne reactions or allergies quickly become a thing of the past.

'Cowboy' Don

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