Although much of the country is still experiencing knee deep snow, cold winter weather and freezing temperatures, we on the west coast are starting to see the trees blooming bring allergy season alive once again. For people that do not suffer with allergies, you are very lucky, for the rest of us every year is a surprise to see how good, or how dreadful the season will be to us. This year we experienced a lot of moisture due to an extreme amount of rain, so my gut feelings say the allergy and blooming season will be intense. Knowing this ahead of time can make all the difference in the world, allowing us to prepare before it hits full force. It means that being proactive and preventive can be the difference between a walk in the park, or a walk through wet cement.
A few helpful tips that make the season easier and more enjoyable is to make small changes that bring monumental differences.
1- Eat an anti inflammatory diet (Mediterranean) . This way of eating promotes a reduction in your inflammatory response allowing your body to be under less stress, and less intensity towards problematic health problems.
2- Increase your water consumption to keep mucus diluted, the body hydrated and to effectively flush the toxins out of your system.
3- Believe it or not a bad nights sleep can weaken your immune system and make fighting allergies much more difficult. There are many incredible natural sleep support formulas that can make a huge difference in the quality and duration of your sleep.
I am also frequently asked about supplements that give us support for the allergy season. I am a strong advocate of using a couple nutritional supplements that can really help to make the season better.
-Whole food multiple vitamin
-Vitamin C 1000-3000 mg daily
-Omega 3 fatty acids
-Las Vegas Mix- a local high desert homeopathic formula
-Colloidal silver nasal spray
Just a few tips to make your allergy season better, healthier and more tolerable. Remember, being proactive can make such a difference in your allergy season.
When I am asked about the first step to making a change towards better health, I think most people think I will say the taking supplements is the first and primary stop on the list, and they would be wrong. Although nutritional supplements fill the cracks and crevices of a diet missing nutrients, they are supplements meaning they supplement the diet. Diet is the first and primary place we Americans need to aim our focus because it is the foundation for building, rebuilding, protecting, lubricating and allowing us to live and be healthy.
Today our diets are lacking even the basic nutritional support, as we have gravitated to a high sugar, unhealthy white bleached flour diet, with junk food, and pre-made microwaveable food at the top of our food pyramid. The change to healthy eating for many is no easy task, and it can be over whelming and frustrating. The major contributor and ring leader is our palate, which leads us towards our unhealthy lifestyles so many of us are now following. There is a process of retraining our taste buds, and if we are diligent we can persevere and move past our unhealthy cravings.
Once the diet has been even mildly adjusted the importance for fresh clean water and supplements becomes very clear. Now they can do the work they are meant to do, rather than just fixing all the gaps in an unhealthy diet. Now the supplements can help to build a healthy body and tackle health issues and imbalances. Is it a process? yes. Are there times when you want to just quit? yes. Is it worth it in the big picture? absolutely.
I have decided it has been more than enough time since I have blogged, and I have also realized that each post does not have to be a novel. Sometime I have personally received the best information in the form of a comment, a sentence or just something I heard in passing. I try to bring information that is thought provoking, a piece of information that creates a process of thought, or even better a timely tidbit of information that is at the right time for the right person during the right situation. Today I know that each of us either publicly, but most likely privately want to feel better then we do. We want more energy, we want to think and remember more clearly, we want to feel more comfortable in and out of our clothes. I will bet many of us have the same conversation, or a version of the conversation with our mirrors in the morning. How did I get here, when did I get so old, so out of shape, when did this happen? We at that moment get very motivated for a change, because we do want it, but somewhere between the mirror conversation and taking on the day we just slide into the same routine.
This is the norm today, they can never say we do not have the best intentions, or that we do not want change badly, its our follow through is where we tend to slip. I promise to bring you thoughts, tips and friendly reminders to help all of us heading in the right direction.
Talk to you soon.
My name is Jeffrey Burke. I have been in the health and nutrition field for well over three decades. In August 2012 I was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasting Hall Of Fame. It was an amazing honor to be honored at the Gala event.
Jeff has been posting about nutrition and health since 2006. See those posts here: