Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Allergy Season Strikes Again

Are you a victim of allergies? You know the symptoms: itchy, watery eyes, sore throats, sneezing, just to name a few. Those who are affected deeply also experience headaches and low-grade fevers. (This is their body's way of trying to fight the attack.) More than 20% of Americans suffer from the oh-so-lovely symptoms of allergies.

The Truth: allergies are genetic. This means if your parents had allergies, you have a higher chance of getting them too.

The Bad and the Good News: Over the counter drugs have side affects, as do prescription medicines. Before you get to the point of: “I don’t care I just want to get my nose to stop running!” check out these natural methods to lessen the symptoms of allergies.

Close those windows!
Pollens and molds are often allergy culprits. During peak pollen season, drive with your car windows closed.

Spring Clean
Take the time to thoroughly clean your home. Be sure to dust off those bookshelves and clean your air conditioning vents. Over the winter, they are well-loved resting places for dust and mold.

Bring Home Spiders
Spider Plants, that is. These plants are incredible - they are able to absorb many of the toxins in your home. They are also very easy to take care of. And for those of us who may forget to water a plant here and there, take heart: spider plants are very forgiving... and low maintenance.

Wash that Pollen Out of Your Hair
Mitzi Gaynor may have wanted to wash a man out of her hair - to no avail. Luckily, washing pollen out is much easier. Consider taking showers at night to get rid of your daily pollen collection. Pets (and children!) can be pollen carriers too, so be sure to suds them up!

Keep Your Immune System Up
Supplements and daily vitamins keep your immune system running top-notch. If your body’s running at its best, it will be able to combat those pollens, molds, and spores much easier. I HIGHLY recommend drinking XanGo. Pollens and molds drove me crazy. And I was one of the ones that got headaches, and low-grade temperatures. (not good when you're a teacher!) Since I've started drinking XanGo, my symptoms have lessened each allergy season. That means I actually get to smell the roses without hating them! If you're having allergy problems, I wholeheartedly suggest giving XanGo a try. You just may find it works for you too!

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