Butterbur is an herb used for medicine to treat many forms of pain — from headaches to stomach ulcers, as well as cough, asthma, and hay fever. In addition to histamine, the body releases the inflammatory chemical leukotriene when it comes in contact with an allergen, triggering an allergic reaction. Butterbur appears to act as leukotriene inhibitors blocking leukotriene and relieving an allergic reaction.
No exercising outside in the morning
Having an exercise routine is important for overall health. However, if yours includes exercising in the morning, consider changing the time or the place. Pollen levels are highest in the morning, especially between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Work out inside or at night. And if you must exercise outside, make sure you wear a hat. Hair can store a lot of pollen.
Avoid recently mowed lawns
The look and smell of fresh grass in the yard may seem appealing, but people with pollen allergies should stay away. Pollen trapped in the grass gets dispersed in the air when the lawn is being mowed. But it’s also important to keep the lawn mowed as most types of grass release pollen only when they grow tall. So hire a landscaper or, at the very least, wear a mask.
Jackets and coats off
Most people take off outerwear after they walk inside the house, not before. But jackets, pants, even shoes trap pollen when you’re outside. Don’t introduce these allergens into your home space. So take off jackets, scarfs, and shoes before you walk through the front door and leave them in the garage or in a room you spend little time in.
Some research suggests that drinking green tea may relieve allergy symptoms. A compound in green tea called methylated epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, blocks a cell receptor that plays a role in the body’s allergic response to allergens. However, it is not clear how much green tea that allergy sufferers would have to consume to benefit from its anti-allergy properties.
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