Seasonal allergies

I absolutely love fall. It has always been my favorite time of year. But if you suffer from allergies it can be a very uncomfortable season. In Chicago millions of us suffer some kind of allergy when the seasons change and pollen from grass, trees and flowers fill the air. Nobody wants to go apple picking or to the pumpkin patch if they can’t see straight or have a faucet-like drip from their nose. Depending on your personal constitution symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Common seasonal allergy symptoms

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  • itchy and watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • throat tickle
  • sneezing
  • headache
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In addition to the extra particles in the air, there are the fluctuating temperatures as Mother Nature figures out how to smoothly transition from summer to winter. Our bodies are also trying to figure out how to best compensate with the changing temps and may need some help to keep balanced during this transition.

Tips to keep your body balanced during transition seasons

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  • Keep your neck covered – a lot of heat escapes through our heads. Scarves are the perfect fall accessory!
  • Stay warm – Start to incorporate teas and wam spices into your day. Cinnammon is great!
  • Huang Qi – aka astragulus. You can find the raw herb in many Asian grocery stores and add it to your soup or tea while it boils (then discard). It helps boost immunity!
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If you’re suffering from fall seasonal allergies check out some natural cures that I talked about in my September newsletter. If that doesn’t help, please feel free to give me a call. Sneezy and itchy just isn’t the best way to spend one of the most beautiful seasons!
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