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
- 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.
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.
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!