Tips to Staying Healthy
Knowledge is power: the more you know about taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually, the better off you’ll be. Get started on the path to putting more life in your years – and more years in your life – with these simple tips. And check back here often, as we we are always adding more ideas!
Do a thorough spring cleaning – windows, book shelves and air conditioning vents collect dust and mold throughout the winter that can provoke allergy symptoms.
Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can get up-to-date pollen information for your area from the National Allergy Bureau
Shut windows in your house on days pollen counts are high. Avoid using windows or fans that may draw pollen inside.
Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
Dry laundry indoors. Sheets hanging on an outside line are an easy target for blowing pollen.
Shower and wash your hair before bed – pollen can collect on your hair and skin.
Keep pets off of furniture and out of the bedroom. Pollen can cling to the dog or cat after being outside.
Keep car windows closed during peak season. Use air conditioning and point vents away from face.
When mowing lawn or gardening, wear a filter mask.
And, call us at The Allergy Stop – 480-443-0004 – to set up your treatment today!
Eat breakfast every day. People who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat later in the day. Breakfast also gives you energy and helps you think and learn.
Use fats and oils sparingly. Olive, canola, and peanut oils, avocados, nuts and nut butters, olives, and fish provide heart-healthy fat as well as vitamins and minerals.
Eat six meals a day. If you’ve been following the typical nutritional advice of cutting back on calories and consuming no more than “three square meals” a day in the hope of shifting your fat-burning efforts into high gear, you may actually be throwing the whole process into reverse. According to scientists at Georgia State University, active folks who skimp on calories and eat infrequently (only three times a day) may be training their bodies to get by on less energy and therefore more readily storing unburned calories as body-fat. Instead, these researchers and many others advise active people to eat frequently (about every three hours) to accelerate metabolism and maintain steady energy levels throughout the day.
Sugar, Sugar, Sugar. Beware of hidden sugars. Companies will hide the fact that they have incorporated a high amount of sugar in their products. Names such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose (corn syrup), glucose, invert sugar, evaporated cane juice, lactose, maltose, mannitol, & sorbital are all sugar and are in many of the nutritional bars and shakes that are labeled “healthy.” These will result in a high spike in blood sugar associated with an insulin crash that causes drowsiness and cravings for more sugar. In general, natural sugars like xylitol and stevia will be your best choices to keep blood sugar stable and maximize energy.