By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World
Get outdoors and enjoy the breeze it’s good for you
I recently moved to the country. I love the beautiful and scenic Santa Ynez Valley but sadly it doesn’t love me.
I have suffered from allergies most of my life however, for the past ten years they didn’t seem to bother me. Living in a toxic soup helped. Los Angeles with its radar bent days of smog alerts somehow suppressed my symptoms.
But here in the valley we are surrounded by beautiful oak trees, lavender and pastures once green now golden and ready to be baled as hay.
Spring rains have brought a multitude of blossoms, flowering mustard seed plants stand tall and sway with the wind. Excuse me! Please pass the Kleenex. No! A box won’t do so I carry my calico handkerchief, like the one I used as a kid at my summer camp when my symptoms were much worse.
Sure I have tried all the over the counter pills with not much luck. Either I fall asleep or my heart races like a thoroughbred on a track. I can’t seem to find a happy balance.
I read an article about a new study that found Amish children living on farms have one of the lowest incidences of allergies and asthma. Farm children experience less allergies and asthma.
Other studies have found that those who grow up on farms tend to be healthier.
They spend more time outdoors absorbing different microbes and bacteria. For children living on farms the study reveals that they are more resistant to exposure to allergens, the kind that usually result in symptoms, runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing.
But for most who suffer and I mean really can’t enjoy the day, hiding in an air conditioned car or office seems to help. But is that a healthy alternative?
I went to my local herbalist and asked what she recommended. She told me to go for a hike. I thought she was being sarcastic but no, she was serious. She said spending more time outdoors helps our bodies process seasonal allergens. I thought, the heck with my body, what about my head? It seems that when I start sneezing I can’t stop. To combat this, she often suggests her allergy sufferers eat more pollen rich flowers and wild greens and get out and enjoy nature even on days when there is a higher pollen count.
I met a woman on one of my hikes who told me that the best thing to do is confront those weeds. Spend time amongst them and nibble on flowers like dandelions. She said that by doing this regularly my symptoms will decrease.
By avoiding allergens our systems of defense get weaker.