Soothe Your Allergy Symptoms With These Natural Remedies – Shaw Local

Allergies can develop at any time in a person’s life and it is especially important to monitor them throughout old age.

According to AARP, as you get older, immunity naturally begins to decline, and some people who have suffered for years find that they can breathe easier when spring arrives. But sometimes some people develop an allergy later in life.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, there are natural ways to soothe your allergies.

Seasonal allergies, sometimes called “hay fever,” result from exposure to spores or pollen released into the atmosphere by fungi, grasses, trees, and other plants. Plant pollen is at its highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Postpone your outdoor activities until late afternoon or after a heavy rain when pollen levels are lower. At Plum Landing, you can participate in afternoon exercises if allergies strike or enjoy an evening stroll along the Fox River, which is easily accessible from our community.

“One thing I’ve noticed in my 21 years running Plum Landing is that residents who exercise regularly tend to perform at their best.” said Don Mangers, executive director of Plum Landing.

Stay hydrated. When the respiratory system is dehydrated, the immune system causes a rebound effect resulting in nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and/or coughing. If you feel stuffy, drink more fluids to thin the mucus in your nasal passages. Hot tea, broth, and soup will also help relieve allergy symptoms.

Keep your sinuses clear with a nasal rinse. Nasal rinses such as neti pots can remove pollen from your nose before your symptoms begin. You can relieve your allergy symptoms by thinning mucus and reducing post-nasal drip with a nasal rinse.

Citrus fruits, especially lemons, are extremely good at boosting the immune response and preventing seasonal allergy symptoms.

Apple cider vinegar is known to boost the immune system, help break down mucus, and promote lymphatic drainage. Experts recommend mixing one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and lemon juice three times a day to relieve allergy symptoms.

Plum Landing received the “BEST OF SENIOR LIVING” award in Aurora, IL.

Plum Landing, 495 North Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506, 630-896-5031, www.plumlanding.org.

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