As we transition from strawberries in the summer to pumpkins in the fall, the incidence of colds increases slowly at first, for a few weeks, and then remains high until March or April.Many allergy sufferers do not get any reprieve from the fall season, especially when pollen is high.Depending on the region, these weeds include sagebrush, pigweed, tumbleweed (Russian thistle) and cocklebur.However, the biggest allergy trigger is ragweed, as it can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind, so even if it doesn't grow where you live, it can still make you miserable if you're allergic to it.Allergies may be prompted by the opening of schools and cold weather.People generally spend more time indoors, thus, the chances of viruses spreading is higher.
Q. Talk to us about fall colds & allergies.
Let's first talk about the "cold" itself.During the cooler months, male plants release microscopic cells called pollen into the air in order to produce.When these and other allergies get into people's noses, their immune system immediately releases antibodies to protect the body from potential harm.The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals known as histamines into the blood.Histamines trigger the itchy eyes, runny nose, hay fever and other such allergies.
There are other participants that trigger fall allergies including: mold (spores can easily get airborne), dust mites (can get stirred into the air the first time you turn on your furnace in the fall); since colds are most prevalent among children and their lack of resistance to infection, asthma is another allergy trigger (back to school congestion, chalk boards and other dust in the air), as well as food allergies (all the bacteria from crowded trains and buses, schools and canteens, other kids, etc).Even Halloween can be a concern with trick than treat for kids who are allergic to the nuts and other candy ingredients.
Q. How can we prevent fall colds & allergies?
Be kind to yourself.There are a number of ways of taking care of the body during this transition.Here are some tips:
Take Yama's Herbs recommendations such as the Immune Booster formula
Take a High-Quality Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement
Wash your hands as often as you can
Avoid getting run down
Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night
Eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water
Avoid sick people if possible
Q. What are other suggestions for preventing fall colds & allergies?
There are environmental ways you can control fall colds & allergies, which include:
Keep windows closed prevent pollens from drifting into your home
Minimize early morning activity when pollen is usually emitted between 5-10am
Keep your car windows closed when traveling
Stay indoor when the pollen count is reported to be high, and on windy days when pollen may be present
Machine dry bedding and clothing. Pollen may collect in laundry if it is hung outside to dry
Q. What herbs do you recommend in preventing fall colds & allergies?