One of the most popular reasons for practicing Yoga is the calming effect which may reduce inflammation in the body. And, in come cases, inflammation can worsen allergy attacks. No matter your stage of allergies, smart exercise is always a good thing.
You don’t have to sign up for any Yoga classes. Instead do these 3 easy to master Yoga moves at home.
Cover your right nostril and inhale through your left for a count of ten. Hold your breath for five seconds. Then cover your left nostril and exhale through your right for a count of ten. Inhale through your right nostril and hold for five seconds. Cover your right nostril again and exhale through your left. Do three more rounds.
Start on all fours with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Raise your bottom, straighten your legs (it’s okay to have slightly bent knees), and press your hands and feet firmly into the floor. Inhale and exhale for a count of five. Repeat five times. Then, walk your hands in close to your feet and slowly return to standing.
Lie on your back with your feet flat on the ground and pulled in close to your bottom. Starting with your tailbone, slowly lift your back. When your back is completely off the floor, slide three stacked pillows under your lower back. Relax your shoulder blades down to the floor so your chest remains propped up. Hold for two minutes.
We know healthy eating is essential for everything from lowering your cholesterol to fighting heart disease. There are also foods that may also help the fight against allergies. These are a few:
A study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy found that people with allergies who consumed Lactobacillus casei (a probiotic found in yogurt) had lower levels of the antibodies that are made by the immune system in response to allergic reactions. The researchers believe the probiotics help balance bacteria levels in the gut, which prevents the immune system from overreacting to allergens.
These Buds are bursting with a flavonol called quercetin, an anti-inflammatory compound found in berries, onions, apples, green leafy vegetables, tea, and tomatoes, among other foods. Research suggests that quercetin can block the effect of histamines, making it a handy treatment for allergy symptoms. A recent double-blind placebo-controlled study in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that people who took 100 mg of quercetin saw reduced allergy symptoms after eight weeks.
Rich in allergy-busting quercetin, it also contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant that has been shown to decrease the creation of mucus, according to a study published in American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy.
This perennial herb can inhibit the inflammation that leads to hay fever. A study in the journal Phytotherapy Research suggests that nettle can block histamine production, causing a reduction in the pro-inflammatory responses that cause allergic reactions.