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How to Promote Healthy Lungs During Seasonal Challenges

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Learn how to promote healthy lungs during seasonal allergies.

We all love fall, the cooler weather, the changing of the leaves, and the beginning of the holiday season. But, it’s not all perfect. For many of us, the beautiful fall weather is also the beginning of nagging fall allergies and other seasonal challenges. So right now, during National Healthy Lung Month, we want to encourage you to get a head start on strengthening your immune system to ensure that you have healthy lungs all year round.

What Causes Fall Allergies

Many people think of spring when talking about seasonal allergies. After all, that’s when all the flowers start to bloom, releasing pollen into the air, and causing our sneezing to become out of control. But, of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, many are also affected in the fall by these cool weather culprits:

  • Ragweed – A fall plant that can produce up to a billion pollen grains per growth. Many people who suffer from spring allergies are also highly allergic to ragweed.
  • Mold Spores – Mold can hide under piles of wet leaves and other moist areas that aren’t being dried out by the hot sun any longer.
  • Poor Air Quality – Colder weather has many spending more time indoors, which can wreak havoc on healthy lungs if the air quality is poor because of dust mites, mold, must and recycled air. Outside, the stronger winds blow allergens around, and when we breathe them in they start to aggravate our lungs.

Dealing with Fall Allergies

Just as we take multivitamins and eat a nutrient rich diet to promote a strong immune response to disease and viruses, our lungs need a little pick-me-up from time to time. Symptoms of fall allergies include:

  • Itchy/Watery Eyes
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Itchy Skin, Eyes, and Nose
  • Dark Eye Circles

Healthy Lungs and No Symptoms

Fall allergies are not something you have to just deal with. There are plenty of tips and products that can help relieve symptoms and even prevent them from starting. Check these out:

Wear a Mask – Wearing a mask outdoors can help protect your lungs from ragweed and other allergens. It’s especially a good idea to wear one on windy days or when working in the yard, such as raking leaves.

Build Your Immune Response – Using immune response formulas such as Lung and Bronchial Tonic from Natura Health Products can help soothe and strengthen your respiratory system and help fight off any unwanted allergens.

Use a Nasal Spray – One of the easiest ways to control congestion, sinus pressure, and sneezing, as well as stimulate a natural healing response. Try Sinus and Allergy Nasal Spray by bioAllers.

Keep Windows Closed – When pollen and ragweed counts are high, shut windows, and doors to keep allergens out of your home.

Change Outdoor Clothing – To avoid bringing allergens inside your home, remove your shoes and coat before coming inside the house. If possible, immediately shower and change your clothes to remove as much ragweed pollen as possible.

Try a Natural Antihistamine – Many antihistamine products can be sedating as well as other unwanted side effects. Try an all-natural product such as AlliHist Relief from Nutra BioGenesis instead.

Don’t let fall allergies keep you from enjoying the season. Try these tips to promote healthy lungs and a strong immune response, and start loving the cooler weather again. Good luck!

Natural Ways to Alleviate Fall Allergies

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Summer is now officially behind us. Temperatures are falling, the leaves are changing, the scent of pumpkin spice is beginning to waft out of retail stores and eateries. But along with this more manageable climate comes one of the season’s most unwanted effects. 

Depending on where you live in the country, many plants are now blooming! These include fruit trees, grasses, or weeds and shrubs. But for each of these plants, their reason for activity is the same. The intense sun of the summer and icy cold of winter makes it difficult for plants to thrive. However, while the temperate weather of Spring is ideal, so too are the post-summer Fall months. That’s why you might start to suffer from allergies even as you see the leaves turning and many of your flowers starting to retreat. 

So how do we fight these symptoms naturally? While it’s impossible to completely prevent allergic reactions to fall pollinators, at least if you are sensitive to them, we can limit their effect on our bodies with some simple preventative measures. 

Clean Your Sinuses

If your allergies manifest as a runny nose, sneezing, and nasal pain, this is one of the most straightforward allergy types to treat. What’s happening is pollen is getting into your sinuses as you breathe and are being trapped in the mucosal membranes of the sinuses. Then, the body begins to attack the pollen as if it is a foreign invader, such as a viruses or bacteria. This leads to inflammation, a runny nose, sneezing, pressure, and other unpleasant effects that make your feel so down. So what can you do? 

Using a neti pot with cool and sterilized water through your nasal passages is one of the best solutions to this problem. A neti pot will help wash away the pollen and clean the sinus cavity of anything that you have inhaled and could be contributing to other problems. Repeat as necessary, especially before bed or after going outside. 

Clean Your House and Air

If you are very sensitive to pollen, it’s important to keep a clean house. We recommend vacuuming frequently with a HEPA-rated filter, and changing your bedsheets and pillowcases weekly. 

Also consider running your air conditioner and central heating system; you can turn off the climate system and only run the fan setting if you have a filter to reduce airborne compounds.

Speaking on the air filter, make sure to change it every month or two, especially in the times when your allergies are at their worst. Dirty air filters have low filtration efficiency, and in the worst cases your HVAC system might just be pushing allergens through the air more than if it wasn’t on at all. 

Use Supplements Formulated for Allergies

You do have the option to take over-the-counter and prescription drugs to help you through the fall allergy season. However, it is important to speak with your doctor about any symptoms, such as drowsiness or other side effects. 

If you are looking for a more natural approach, there are two products that you may want to consider.

  • Quercetin-Bromelain Complex from Douglas Laboratories includes quercetin, which has been shown to have properties that may provide antioxidant support and may provide temporary relief from occasional swelling, irritation, and discomfort and anti-inflammatory properties that may help to soothe allergies.
  • Integrative Therapeutics AllQlear. AllQlear uses quail egg powder, which contains ovomucoid, a type of trypsin inhibitor that may be ideal for sinus comfort during the busy allergy season.

At the end of the day, you may not be able to totally prevent or reverse Fall-time allergies, but you can likely diminish their effect. We hope that this is the case for you this year, so you can enjoy the cool temperature and beautiful weather, without being distracted by the misery of a stuffy nose and sinus pain.

Kids’ Supplements for Back to School

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It’s back to school time for the kids, and whatever that looks like for your family – in person or virtual learning – you’ll want to make sure your child is getting all the help they need to be successful. That means nutritious meals and high quality supplements to fill in the gaps, but that’s not all. Here’s what you need to know about healthy back to school habits. 

Healthy Back to School Habits

When we refer to our health in terms of going back to school, we’re not just talking about trying to avoid getting sick (although that’s important too). We want to focus on whole body health, so that our children can perform at the very top of their capabilities. Here are some ways to help them do that.

  1. Make Breakfast a Priority – Making time to sit down and eat a well-rounded healthy breakfast is important. Children are more alert and do better in school if their bellies are full of good food. Grabbing a granola bar while running out the door is not ideal, and will leave their tummies grumbling (and minds wandering) hours before lunchtime. Try to incorporate a protein, whole grain, and a serving of dairy and fruit in each meal if possible. For some great breakfast recipes ideas, check out this link
  2. Get Enough Sleep – Set a good bedtime routine so that your child gets enough sleep each night before they have to get up in the morning for school. For a list of sleep guidelines broken down by age, check this link. Keep in mind that most school age children need between nine and 12 hours of sleep each night, so if they have an early wake up call, an early bedtime is vital.  
  3. Age Appropriate Supplements – School age children require different levels of vitamins and minerals in their diets. These nutrients are essential to their growth and a strong immune system, so a high-quality, age appropriate supplements are key. Here are some of our favorites:
  4. Limit Stress – Growing up is stressful, so do your best to take a load off your child’s shoulders. You might be surprised at how simple routines can help curb stress for school age children. For example; help your child get organized for school the night before so they aren’t rushing in the morning. Do this by encouraging them to lay out their school clothes the night before. Also, make sure homework is done before dinner and all school supplies (including a mask and hand sanitizer) are packed up and ready to go when they leave  in the morning. When kids don’t have to stress about the little things, they can focus more on the big picture – learning!

 

Starting the school year off in a healthy way can mean success for your student this year. Help them take charge of their education and enjoy watching them flourish! Good luck!