Nip Seasonal Allergies In the Bud
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
- Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
- Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
- Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
- Wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.
- Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.
- Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
- Keep indoor air as clean as possible by using air conditioning, dehumidifiers and HEPA filters in your vacuum cleaner. (MayoClinic.org)
- quercetin, a flavonoid that gives fruits and vegetables color
- Lactobacillus acidophilus, the “friendly” bacteria found in yogurt
- spirulina, a type of blue-green algae
- vitamin C, which has some antihistamine properties
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