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Seasonal snot, allergies and other nusiances–solutions that help when nothing else is going your way!

Seasonal snot, allergies and other nusiances–solutions that help when nothing else is going your way!

Seasonal snot, allergies and other nusiances–solutions that help when nothing else is going your way!

This post is for anyone who suffers with congestion at any time of the year, but I’m writing it in the fall when nature’s energy starts to slow down, and there are fewer bright sunny days to keep your immune system in good operating condition.

Here’s what we do to stay healthy and minimize runny noses, itchy eyes, and other annoying symptoms:

1. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D. Studies show most Americans are deficient, and when you stop exposing your skin and eyes to the sun by wearing more clothes in cooler weather, your health can suffer. Deficiencies are linked to everything from the flu to dementia, and depression, so do yourself a favor and find out what your levels are, and consider a D3 supplement. Your health practicioner can help you know what your specific needs are.

2. Mineralize. Sure, calcium and magnesium get all the press these days, but bone broths, leafy greens and herbal teas have a range of other trace minerals that your body needs to digest foods and keep hormones regulated properly. Sea salt and epsom salt baths can also help by soaking minerals in through the skin.

3. Take care of your digestion! Proper digestion–for proteins in particular–is essential to keeping mucus at bay in the winter time. Two modern protein offenders that wreak digestive havoc are gluten from wheat and casein from milk. Both these proteins can make some of us extremely congested. If you suspect one, eliminate it for a week and see how you feel. I recently added dairy back to my diet after years of abstinence and discovered I cannot handle it on a regular basis. Removing it again was disappointing, but I don’t miss the sinus headaches one bit!

4. Take care of your digestion some more! There’s a strong link between intestinal health and sinus issues. Consider adding digestive enzymes and probiotics to your routine. These two helpful supplements will help make it easier to digest everything and help keep the healthy flora at the right levels in your intestines.

5. See my previous post about using a neti pot.

6. Avoid sugar. Yeah, I know, no fun. But sugar does more than pack on pounds, it also weakens your immune system and provides nourishment for bad guys like viruses and bacteria allowing them to grow unabated and overwhelm your immune system. Followers of my Lose Fat with Amy program generally eat no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, which is fine for weight loss, but might even be too much if you’re fighting an infection.

There are six ideas for things you can do to improve your respiratory health and your immunity for fall. What tricks do you know that help?

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