Allergy Tips for Outdoor Living

For those who love the outdoors but are hampered by allergies and other annoyances, here are a few tips that you can do to avoid these minor nuisance and enjoy wide open spaces:

Wear a mask

If the grass on your lawn is getting tall, wear a mask when mowing. Even a painter’s mask will do.

Check the weather forecast

Pollen count is highest on hot, dry windy days. Before you head out, check the weather forecast.

Also plan your day according to the weather. Warm breezy days have the highest pollen count, while cool rainy days have the lowest. You can enjoy your jog or run on a drizzly day. Just make sure to dress appropriately.

Do not wear anything scented

Scented perfumes, deodorants, shampoos, or hair products may attract insects. If you allergic to insect stings, it is best to avoid wearing them. Also, always carry an epi pen when hiking.

High pollution levels

Exposure to high pollution levels puts you at risk of developing various diseases. What’s more, high pollution levels make allergens more potent. When pollution levels are high, skip outdoor exercises, or move your workout to another time do the day when pollution levels are lower.

Pollen and mold time

The peak pollen and mold time is in the morning – between 5-10am. If you’re allergic to either one, move your morning run to night.

Itch relief

Plants and trees such as poison ivy, and oak can trigger an allergic reaction which causes itching and rashes. To relieve the itching, put a wet compress on the affected area. You can also apply calamine lotion or take antihistamine pills.

Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses keep pollen out of your eyes, plus they protect against harmful UV rays.

Pet care

Do not let your pets run in wooded areas near poison ivy, or oak. The oil from these plants gets caught in their fur, bringing the allergen home with them. Pollens can also get caught in your dog’s fur, so before you let him into the house, it is best to hose him down first.

Stay one step ahead of allergies

Start taking medications a few weeks before pollen season starts.

Ragweed

Usually, if a person is allergic to spring pollens, he or she is also allergic to ragweed in the fall. If the same is true for your, prepare for ragweed in the fall.

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms stir up molds and pollen particles. Thus, when one comes through, be ready for an allergy attack.

Mold allergy

If you are allergic to molds, avoid raking leaves, or wear a mask. You should also store firewood outside.

Saline spray

Saline spray removes pollen from your nasal lining, allowing you to breathe easier. At the end of your trip outdoors, spritz a bit of saline spray to clear your nose of pollens.

Cover up

The cold air can irritate airways. If you are exercising outdoors on a cold day, cover your mouth and nose with a scarf.

Face mask

When you run, wear a bandana over your nose and mouth to protect your lungs from allergens. Also wear goggles to protect your eyes from pollen particles and UV rays.

Source: WebMD

Where does body fat go when you lose weight?

When we lose weight, often we’re just happy to see the fats go away. But don’t you ever wonder where all the fats go when you lose weight?

According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic, when you eat fewer calories than your body needs, it turns to fats for energy. Fat cells or triglycerides serve as the fuel for this energy.

Through a series of complex metabolic processes, the triglycerides are broken down into two different components – glycerol and fatty acids. These are two are absorbed into the liver, kidney and muscles where they are further broken down by chemical process that produce energy for the body.

The heat that is produced through these activities is used to help regulate your body temperature.

The waste products of the complex processes are water and carbon dioxide. Water is excreted primarily as urine sweat, and carbon dioxide is released in the air from your lungs.

Source: Mayo Clinic