If you live in a cold climate, you can’t wait for signs of spring. I'm sure that the sound of birds is music to your ears. Even if you get a late snowfall, it usually doesn’t stay around too long because the ground is warming up.
As much as we anticipate spring, we don’t look forward to the seasonal allergies that often come with it.
Here are some tips to avoid suffering from allergies this season.
1. Reduce how much you’re eating. During the winter, you eat heavier, dense foods (soups, stews, and lots of starchy vegetables) to prepare the body for the cold winter months ahead. In the spring, however, you don’t need those reserves.
If given a chance, your appetite should naturally decrease because in the spring you don’t need as much food as you did in the winter. Eat smaller portions especially at breakfast and dinner, and make lunch the largest meal of the day.
2. Avoid foods that are mucus forming. Many people suffer from excess mucus in the spring especially if you live in cold climates where you’re indoors all winter.
Dairy and wheat products are common culprits. They can cause inflammation in the body which triggers excess mucus. Other foods that can cause a buildup are corn, eggs, deep fried foods, sweets, high fat meat, alcohol, and caffeine.
Foods that will clear out mucus are all leafy greens, radishes, dandelions, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, ginger, turmeric, garlic, onions, citrus fruit and pineapple. Spring is the perfect to enjoy a variety of salads with different toppings.
3. Get outside and breathe. Even on cool days, it’s important to get outside and get fresh air. Getting outside first thing in the morning also helps to keep your circadian rhythm on schedule. Interestingly enough, getting early sunlight in the morning, improves your sleep quality at night.
In the spring your body resets and is naturally able to go into fat-burning mode to get rid of the winter fat. This is important because holding on to fatty toxins that can accumulate in the lymph cause congestion in the body and lead to disease.
As often as possible, do some kind of physical activity every day. It doesn’t have to be strenuous for you to see results. It can be as simple as going for a walk, a bike ride, or jog. Chances are you have plenty of yard work to stay busy for a while. Being outdoors also gives you an opportunity to get some much needed vitamin D.
Try incorporating these simple tips to avoid letting allergies take over your life this spring. Which one will you do first?