It's springtime, and for many that means only one thing - allergy season.
So if you don't want to be stuck using antihistamines all spring, consider some natural therapies or simple lifestyle changes you can make to help boost your overall health and immune system.
Below are a few ideas on things you can do to help your body cleanse this season and keep runny noses and congested heads at bay.
If springtime for you often means allergy season, there are things you can do to ease the burden. Image credit DSN/sxc.hu
Be an earlybird. Many studies suggest that people who get up earlier in the morning tend to be healthier in general over night owls who completely miss the morning light. This is even more true in spring especially after a long winter with less daylight.
Taking advantage of daylight can do you good as the vitamin D your body takes from it, offers many health benefits and can help combat depression and mood disorders.
Getting into the dirt can be great for your immune system. So spring is a great time for a new gardening project. Image credit: Alicia Jo McMahan/sxc.hu
Get dirty. Spring was the best time as a child to play in puddles, make mud pies and believe it or not, all that dirt did us good. Not only is exposure to a little dirt good for your inner kid, but exposure to bacteria is important to build healthy immune systems. So go out and play in the mud with a bit of gardening or sports in the park.
Eat seasonally. Spring is the season for eating spring baby greens! When you are choosing greens, go for a mix of tastes: mild, bitter, peppery and spicy. A good example is a mix of dandelion greens, arugula, escarole, frisée, radicchio and endive. Spring greens are excellent for bone health and the digestive system, increasing digestive juices and enzymes in your liver, pancreas and stomach. Eat them before your dinner to improve your overall health.
Eating produce that's in season as well as plenty of spring greens can be great for your body's nutrient needs. Image credit: Wong Mei Teng/sxc.hu
Stop and smell the tulips. Even if you don't know how to meditate, one of the most valuable principles is to live in the present. We all have a lot to do during everyday life and it's so easy to overlook the simple things. Stop every once in a while and just enjoy all the beauty in your life. Do only what you are doing, be only where you are. Stop multi-tasking so much and just be. In addition, research is showing that being outdoors can have benefits for both your physical and mental health. So breathe it all in and stop fussing about everything, at least for a bit.
Spring is full of transition and new starts. Enjoy it to the fullest.