1. Take a Shower Daily
One of the best things that a personal with seasonal allergies can do is to take a shower immediately after you return from the outdoors. Don’t wait and relax first, as allergens hitchhike their way into your home on soft surfaces, including clothing, hair and skin. Head to the bathroom and rinse off, to eliminate allergies that have accumulated throughout the day.
2. Manage Dirty Laundry
Doing a load of laundry isn’t high on everyone’s priority list, particularly after a long work day. But where you keep your laundry can have a tremendous impact on the air quality of your home. A reminder that soft surfaces including your clothing accumulate allergens throughout the day, so storing your dirty clothes in your bedroom is not the best idea. Keep a basket in the laundry room or in another place, to avoid breathing in allergens all night.
3. Ditch the Carpet Where possible, avoid living in areas that have carpeting. Each fiber of carpeted flooring acts as a sponge that traps allergens, and retains them. Carpets are bad news for allergy suffers, as they increase the allergen load over time to reduce your interior air quality, and condense allergens that will trigger histamine production in the body. Tile and wood floors will help allergy sufferer’s breath more easily.
4. Avoid Open Windows While it’s nice to allow some fresh air in, if you suffer from allergies, opening your windows on a nice day can also invite pollen, dander, dust mites and other elements that will trigger your symptoms. A HEPA filter fan is a great investment. Not only does it create the same air movement that is relaxing and pleasant during warmer months, it also helps improve the air quality of your home by catching and trapping allergens. (Remember to wear a dust mask when changing your filter).
5. Pets and Allergies Many people with allergies choose not to have pets, to help moderate their symptoms. However, people with allergies and a love for domesticated pets like dogs, cats or birds can reduce allergic triggers by reducing dander. This means washing your pet and rinsing them thoroughly on a weekly basis. Brushing your pet outside can also help reduce the amount of dander (pet dandruff) that is tracked into your home.
6. De-Clutter for Dust The more interior decorations you have, the more places there are for dust to build up (even with frequent cleaning). Reduce your accessories to make it easier to clean your living space more frequently (without having to move items), and breathe easier.
7. Patrol for Mold Mold is one of the most frequent allergens found in a home, and it can hide in places that you might not think of. Bathroom cleansing spray can help eliminate and prevent mold on tiles, in the shower or around the sink or bathtub. Also spray cleanser on your garbage can, around your door frames and in your garbage disposal or sink drain weekly, to prohibit the growth of mold in moist areas. Avoid over watering house plants; while plants are excellent filters and improve air quality, wet soil rapidly grows mold, contributing to allergic reactions. If you are tired of being caught between your allergy symptoms and over the counter medications for seasonal allergies, which leave you feeling drowsy, try a new nutritional approach.
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It’s interesting to note that prior to the 1920s, pale skin was generally considered desirable and an indication of wealth and sophistication; parasols and large hats protected fashionable ladies from the sun. But in the early part of the 20th century, medical researchers discovered the therapeutic benefits of sunshine and vitamin D, and bronze skin became the standard for summer fashion.
Unfortunately for sun-worshipers, tanning can result in more harm than good, as a growing a body of research has revealed the negative effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Unprotected skin and hair can suffer irreparable damage, as can the eyes, from overexposure to UVA and UVB rays.
Ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun. UVA rays are present throughout the year, even on cloudy and hazy days, and they penetrate deep into the skin causing signs of aging including wrinkles and sunspots. UVB rays, responsible for sunburns, vary in intensity, being stronger in the summer, but they can reflect off snow, so skin protection is important year round. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation may damage the skin’s DNA and produce genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancers, including the deadliest form, melanoma.
Our eyes and our hair are also at risk for damage from the sun’s radiation. Overexposure can lead to cataracts, growths on the eyelids, damage to the retina (solar retinopathy) and various types of cancer. Sun-damaged hair can be dull, dry and brittle. Here are some suggestions for protecting your skin, eyes and hair:
- Start with healthy nutrition and ample hydration.
- Use sunscreen daily. Both face and body need protection. Products should be SPF 15 or higher and guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget your earlobes, the part in your hair, and your hands and feet. Look for leave-in hair conditioners, sunscreen spray for your scalp, eye creams and lip protectors.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your hair and face, and UV blocking sunglasses will help to keep your eyes healthy. Some contact lenses screen out UV rays, but they shield only the parts that are covered, so it is important to use sunglasses even with your contacts. And shop carefully; don’t be fooled by high prices and dark colors. Not all sunglasses block UV rays equally. Look for those that are rated to block 99 to 100% of UV rays and screen out at least 75% of visible light.
- Remember to balance your dietary and supplement intake of antioxidants to fortify skin, hair, and nails.
- Chlorine in pools can dry out your hair.
- Some medications can make skin sunburn more easily. Ask your doctor if you need to be extra careful to avoid burning.
- Don’t smoke! In addition to cancer, lung damage and heart disease, smoking dries the skin and causes premature wrinkles.
You’re never too young or too old to take good care of your skin, eyes and hair. Always remember the sunscreen and sunglasses and remember to wear protective clothing. You might even take a tip from the fashionistas of the Victorian era, and get a stylish umbrella with UV fabric to help protect you from the sun.
There is something magical that happens when kids and bikes connect. Does the wind in your hair, and the feeling of adventure bring back found memories? Why don’t you pack up the bikes and head to a bike path or city park and explore! Not only will you be headed for an exciting day of outdoor exploration and learning, but you will also be improving your muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance and balance.
Prefer to keep two feet on the ground? Why not have a nature themed scavenger-hunt at your local or national park? Explore and reconnect with nature in a fun and interactive way. Get the kids involved in making scavenger list of what they expect to find at your preferred locale. At the end of the day, compare lists and talk about everything you saw. Maybe pick one thing and research it as a family project? Inspire the next generation of conservationists, while reinforcing the value of outdoor fun.
Volunteer Dog Walking
Give back to the community, and show children that being active can also involve helping out as a volunteer! Explore opportunities with your local animal shelter as a dog walker. The dogs win, families people win, and children can learn a lot about the value of volunteering and becoming responsible pet owners. And it doesn’t feel quite like exercise when you are playing or walking four-legged friends.
You don’t have to leave home to get out and enjoy the fresh air, all you really need is a length of string and a beach ball for some affordable, outdoor and old school fun. Set up your own volleyball court, and invite friends and other families over for a tournament. A fun way to get everyone moving, enjoying fresh air and the benefit of healthy exercise (and competition).
Teaching children to balance screen time and healthy, physical activity is an important part to modeling a healthy lifestyle. For more inspiration, surf for outdoor fitness ideas on Pinterest.