AMANDA BROOKS PROVIDES ADVICE FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE on how to handle exercising outdoors in allergy season in an post on her blog page www.runto thefinish.com. Some of the tips she provides touch on scientific principles and most add a common-sense approach that only might have been worked out, through trial and error, by someone significantly impacted by seasonal suffering and driven to relieve it.
Summarized incompletely below but discussed in greater depth in the article, which deserves a thorough read, they are:
Timing medicines; dosing with a sweet vaccine; fighting inflammation with food; washing hats; stripping asap; showering nightly; timing eye drops; exploring essential oils treatment; learning to breathe properly; letting rain clear the air; stutter-starting your session; and staying indoors.
One is an often-repeated recommendation in articles on the topic, to shower every evening before bed. An additional measure that can be taken to reduce contact with allergens that have adhered to the head after an outdoor exercise session include immediately washing hair. Another tactic is to have an ample supply of freshly laundered pillow cases ready for nightly changes.
Brooks’ tip that hasn’t been specifically tested for pollen allergy relief in adults to help keep symptoms from flaring involves dampening inflammation with a diet rich in anti-oxidant foods.
There is evidence that a pre-natal maternal diet rich in antioxidants, vitamin D, and fatty acids can influence food allergy development in their children’s future lives. “Obesogenic” diets that are high in saturated fats, highly refined carbohydrates, and sodium, and low in vitamins, anti-oxidants, and soluble fiber have been discussed as contributing “to the development of airway inflammation and loss of asthma control.” Thus, improving diet quality might not only be good for general health, but for soothing airways stimulated by allergens.
Brooks has revealed her tricks to alleviating allergy misery in the 15-points of this article. Those who have the problem may find one or more of them lessens their suffering just a bit, at least on some days.
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