Vitamin Junkeys

5 Tips to Survive Allergy Season Ep 19

5 Tips to Survive Allergy Season
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #19 (running time 4:07)
Date: September 30, 2008
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of the Podshow Music Network
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

This episode examines:
What are allergies?
What are the 3 typical allergy seasons in North America?
What are typical symptoms of allergies?
How can you tell the difference between allergies and a cold?
How can you treat seasonal allergies naturally?

What's Dr. JJ taking today: Fish Oils
Fish Oils are one of Dr. JJ's favourite supplements. He takes it to decrease the general amount of inflammation in his body.

What are allergies?
Allergies are a Type 1 Hypersensitivity reaction. This means that your body over-reacts to its own environment.

What are the 3 typical allergy symptoms in North America?
Spring, Early-mid Summer, and August to September. Spring is related to the trees. Early-mid Summer is due to the grass, August-September is due to ragweed.

What are typical symptoms of allergies?
Typical allergy symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus problems, headaches, sneezing, and you may feel tired or run down.

How can you tell the difference between allergies and a cold?
For a cold:
Yellow mucous
Shorter in duration

For Allergies:
Clear mucous
Itchy
Symptoms last for weeks/months (the whole season)

How can you treat seasonal allergies naturally?
Some natural strategies for relieving allergy symptoms include taking:
1. Quercitin
2. Vitamin C
3. hp?type=e" target="_blank" title="What are Omega 3's?">Fish Oils
or trying:
4. Acupuncture
5. Hydrotherapy.
There are several acupuncture points to help relieving a runny nose, congestion or stuffed up sinuses.
Hydrotherapy is also very effective to relieve allergy symptoms. To help clear your sinuses, take 2 bowls, one with hot water (not boiling, you don't want to scald yourself), one with cold water and ice. Get a face cloth and dip it in the hot water and wring it out. Place it on your face for 1 minute. Then take the face cloth and dip it in the cold water, wring it out, and place it on your face for 1 minute. Do this alternating between hot and cold 3 times (i.e. hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold). It is important to end on cold. This pumps your sinuses, which will help clear your congestion.


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Crew:

Camera: Jerome Marrin, Jerome Marrin Media Productions

Editor: Jerome Marrin, Jerome Marrin Media Productions

Special thanks to: Slurp Media & Labrats.tv

 

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