The Natural Path to an Allergy Free Life
We live in a world today where it seems that for every illness or disease, there is at least a few “magic pills” one can take to make their problems disappear.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do understand that modern medicine has its place and is in fact improving the quality and length of many people’s lives. The problem that I have is that so often, these symptom suppressing medications are pushed on naïve patients as a first and only option for their given condition.
I want to point out the specific condition of allergies here. To be even more specific, I am not talking about food allergies or allergies to a medication. I am referring to allergies triggered by things which you inhale into your nasal passages and lungs. These substances would be the common culprits like pollen, dust and pet dander.
It seems that for the longest time, no matter what the specific allergy trigger was (many people never even got tested to find out), the answer was to just pop a pill every day and let those symptoms disapear. For some, this might be just fine.
But for those of us who tend to think that taking medication every day isn’t the way to live and could in fact bring about negative long term effects, this just won’t do!
Lifestyle Changes as Alternatives to Medication
So what are the alternatives? Well, like any illness or disease, it is most important to look at the causes as opposed to just addressing the symptoms.
In the case of allergies like those mentioned above, the number one thing you can do is to take steps to make your living environment(s) more suitable to your sensitivities.
If allergies or asthma are a problem in your home, consider some of the following steps:
- Regularly ventilate your home by opening doors and windows to let allergens out. Most allergens are actually created indoors, with the exception of pollen a couple others.
- Put mattress and pillow covers on bedding so that dust mites can’t thrive remove clutter so that there is less surface area for dust and allergens to collect. This also makes it easier to clean.
- Regularly clean the home, particularly the bedroom or other areas where the most time is spent. Dusting and vacuuming will help pick up settled allergens that would otherwise become stirred up and made airborne again.
- If at all possible, choose a living place with out carpeting or replace carpeting with hardwood or laminate flooring. Carpeting can attract allergens as well as release its own fibers and chemical irritants. Hard floors tend to be easier to clean thoroughly.
A combination of effort and in some cases money can in fact help to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Allergy sufferers may need to spend more time doing things like vacuuming and dusting, but isn’t that a better alternative than sneezing and wheezing or taking meds every day?
Financial investments in ones health may be made by acquiring a quality HEPA vacuum and HEPA air purifier (airpurifiersource.com has a nice selection) to remove those pesky allergens from the home once and for all. But in the long run, these upfront costs can lead to years of healthier living that will benefit you into your old age.
So moving forward, when you have an illness of any kind, be it the common cold or cancer, take a minute to step back and think about (or learn about) just what might be causing it. Then the answers about how to fix it will be right in front of your face.
For more ways to reduce allergens and irritants in your home, check out this blog post at AirPurifierSource.com.