In this month’s newsletter, you’ll read about alleviating spring allergies. In addition, you’ll learn when you should give your body a break from exercising.
Don’t Let Spring Allergies Bring You Down
Millions of Canadians suffer from allergies every year. In particular, springtime allergies are an annual nuisance for many people. As plants begin to bloom and neighbours start to cut their grass more frequently, allergy sufferers nationwide start sniffling and sneezing. What’s more, mould growth blooms both indoors and outdoors, making it almost impossible to escape allergy triggers.
Spring Allergy Alleviation Tips
To reduce your allergies, be sure to take the following steps:
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days.
- Avoid chores—including lawn mowing, weed pulling and gardening—that could expose you to common allergens.
- Avoid hanging laundry outside to dry as pollen can stick to certain fabrics.
- Check pollen levels regularly.
- Close doors and windows at night if pollen levels are high.
- Use air conditioning in your house and car. You can also keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- Clean your floors regularly. For best results, consider using a vacuum that’s equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Treatment for most allergies is available both over-the-counter and by prescription. Talk to your doctor to find out what treatment method is right for you. If your allergy symptoms are severe or chronic, you may need a series of allergy shots. Contact your physician or allergist to determine which treatment option is best for you.
Your Body May Need a Break, Here’s Why
When it comes to exercising, there’s a difference between pushing yourself to your limits and overexerting yourself. Oftentimes, this difference is very small, which is why it’s so important to know when your body needs a break:
- You’re always tired. If you’re constantly fatigued, even after getting enough sleep, chances you’re working your body too hard.
- You’re always sore. A little bit of muscle soreness that occurs 24-48 hours after your workout isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it means your workout was effective. However, extensive or prolonged soreness means you’re overtraining your body.
- You’re feeling stiff. Doing the same exercises, particularly running on hard surfaces, can wreak havoc on your joints. This is especially true if you don’t give yourself enough time to recover. That’s why having a rest day is so important.
For more information, talk to your doctor.
Recipe of the Month – Veggie Chow Mein
- 6 ounces rice noodles
- 4 tsp. oil
- 1 onion (medium, finely chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 cup carrot (grated)
- 2 tsp. chicken bouillon
- 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
- 1 cup broccoli (cut into small pieces)
- 1 cup celery (chopped)
- 1 cup bell pepper (finely chopped)
- 4 tsp. soy sauce
- Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Sauté onion and garlic with oil in a skillet for 1 minute over medium/high heat.
- Add carrot, chicken bouillon and pepper sauce. Stir.
- Add broccoli, celery and bell pepper and continue to stir.
- Reduce heat to low, and add noodles and soy sauce. Mix well over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Makes: 6 servings
Source: Government of Canada
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