Even though some of us are still experiencing the last flakes of winter, calendar-wise, Spring is officially
here. Blades of grass are starting to poke through the soil, willow trees are beginning to show their colors, and yes, allergies are coming into bloom as well. While spring is the time of reawakening and rebirth, for allergy sufferers, the season can be one of allergy medication-induced grogginess and lethargy – but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of steps you can take to take the edge off of springtime allergies without spending the season in a HAZMAT suit. Here are a few tips to try:
You’re working out, watching what you eat and the scale won’t budge. You’re feeling vaguely unwell, tired, and stuck in a rut despite your efforts. So you think to yourself, what the heck is the problem? Chances are, it’s your inflamed gut talking, telling you you’re feeding it wrong. In fact, what you’re feeding it may be a lot more important than how much.
When I was 3 months postpartum my first child, I thought: when I’m done nursing, I’m going vegetarian. I had the competing impulse to cleanse my diet and to postpone restricting my diet until after I was no longer the sole source of my daughter’s nutrition. I was compelled by the clear and urgent need to treat animals with compassion and respect, I felt sufficiently convinced that I could replicate and supplement (with a high degree of accuracy) the missing nutrients, and I believed that it represented a “cleaner” existence. Simultaneously, I was learning about fatty acids as they applied to mental health, neurology, and conception.
What’s that smell? Unfortunately, there’s no way to know. “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret by law, so companies are not required to disclose the chemical components that add scent to a wide range of personal care products. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, an estimated 80% of products – everything from colognes and body sprays, to shampoos, deodorants, and even make-up – contain fragrance. Even “unscented” products may contain masking fragrances, which are chemicals used to cover up the odor of other chemicals.
When I moved into my current home in Southern California nearly 20 years ago, I went searching for nontoxic paint, carpeting, and other furnishings. My efforts were met mostly with odd looks and raised eyebrows (ah, the olden days!). So I was overjoyed when I finally found Mary Cordaro, just starting out on her path as a consultant on healthy, green home building and remodeling. She spoke my language! She immediately became my non-toxic home guide, and over the years I have referred her numerous friends and patients: people with allergies or, simply, those interested in green, clean living. Mold, volatile chemicals, indoor and outdoor pollution — you name it, she has a resource. President of Mary Cordaro, Inc., she works as a healthy home consultant and certified Bau-biologist, lecturing around the country as well.
1. Are they safe? At the moment this is a big question without a conclusive answer. When genes are altered by implanting foreign genes, and new or unknown proteins are created or the quality of existing proteins is altered, the outcome of consuming these new forms of protein is still unknown. No one really knows… Read more »