Saturday, 31 July 2021

F Faith and Fitness

How to Get Seasonal Allergy Relief

After months of indoor exercise, it's finally warm enough to ditch the treadmill and hit the trails to get your sweat on. You lace up your sneakers, step outside and — you start sneezing! — hay fever puts a damper on your spring fever.

If you've noticed more sneezing recently, you're not alone.  Allergies affect approximately 46 percent of people in the United States today.  Pollen appears earlier and hangs around longer because warm weather does.  The fine dust of plant microspores spreads in the wind and can land in the eyes, nose, and lungs, setting off sneezes and sniffles. 

But after a long, blustery winter of coats, hats, and chapped lips, you've earned the right to go out and play. So I've researched and studied to bring you the latest, smartest allergy-fighting actions. Follow them to ease your sneeze season and enjoy that fresh air at last!

Greek Yogurt....

A daily dose of probiotic yogurt, which contains a strain of "friendly" bacteria called Lactobacillus casei, helps reduce allergy symptoms.  Allergy sufferers who consumed a drink containing L. casei had significantly lower allergy symptoms.  Probiotics help balance the bacteria in your digestive system and may prevent the immune system from overreacting to pollen and other allergens.

Try the Spritzer...

Antihistamines are a go-to allergy treatment, but studies show that women taking prescription versions of the medicines, including Allegra, Clarinex, and Zyrtec, weigh 10 pounds more, on average, than non-pill poppers. Naturally occurring histamine in your body may be involved in controlling the appetite; antihistamines may block that function and cause you to feel hungrier.

If you've noticed weight gain while you're taking a prescription antihistamine — or just don't want to risk it — ask your doctor if a nasal spray like Veramyst or Nasonex, would be right for you. It's a medicated nasal spray that you use daily. The steroids in the nasal sprays helps reduce inflammation which will decrease symptoms like congestion, runny nose, and itching eyes.

Be Sure to Flush...

If congestion is your main concern, swing by the drugstore and pick up a neti pot, a genie-lamp-shaped device that you can use to spring clean your nasal cavity. In a pitcher, mix together a pint of lukewarm water, a teaspoon of kosher salt, and a half teaspoon of baking powder; fill the neti pot with the mixture. Leaning over a sink, tilt your head to one side and pour the solution into the uppermost nostril; the liquid will drain out of the other nostril. Repeat on the opposite side. (It's not as gross as it sounds.) Despite the debate over the long-term effectiveness of neti pots, research shows that they are safe and effective for immediate relief. Nearly 60 percent of allergy sufferers who used the device daily reported significant improvement in their symptoms.

Sweat It Out...

Thirty minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week can help reduce the risk for heart disease in patients with allergies.  This is especially important because allergy sufferers are 40 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease than sneeze-free folks.

Exercise also naturally soothes symptoms. When you have allergies, the blood vessels in your nose swell, causing congestion. But during a workout, as your body directs blood flow to the hardworking parts that need it most, the blood vessels in your nose, which are not a top priority, constrict, easing congestion. The effect typically occurs within five minutes of exercise and can last for several hours afterward.

Exercise, no doubt, is good for so many things!  Who knew that exercise was an excellent form of allergy relief?? Get moving!!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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