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How I Survive My Seasonal Allergies

How I Survive My Seasonal Allergies

I’m a forgetful person. A moment’s relief from allergy season makes me believe I’m out in the clear until suddenly—ACHOO! I’m back to a routine of red eyes, a runny nose, and a round of gesundheits from slightly repulsed onlookers.

I admit it is disgusting. My allergies keep me up all night and my already distinguishable dark circles are hard to cover up. My eyes are a literal bloodshot red, swollen from the tears and rubbing. My sneezes come in a rapid count of 20 and allergy medication makes me look like a regular druggie. But after years of suffering, I have compiled a list of tips that ease the symptoms until my next blissful moment of forgetfulness sets in.

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1. Wear Sunglasses/Glasses

I’ll start off with an easy one. Be shady and wear your sunglasses! As I described earlier, my eyes are extremely sensitive during allergy season. Allergens are tiny, devil particles that irritate your eyes upon contact. Wear sunglasses or glasses to shield your eyes from direct contact with these specks from hell.

2. Use Eye Drops

Still continuing with the eye theme, use and carry eye drops with you to wash out allergens from your eyes. A few drops can provide instant relief and can keep you from rubbing your eyes, which is a huge NO unless you enjoy dark circles.

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3. Try Not to Wear Eye Makeup

For a makeup lover such as myself, this is a hard tip to adjust to. If you’re like me when it comes to smudgy makeup during allergy season, try to avoid wearing it. Your eyes will thank you! I don’t like waterproof mascara, or eyeliner, as it is stiff and difficult to take off, but feel free to wear it if it makes you happy.

4. It’s OK to Sneeze

When I was in school, I would hate sneezing during class, especially in my smaller discussion courses where they’d interrupt the professor. I’d try to control the sneeze which would lead to a mind-numbing round of sneezes and it made the problem worse. In situations such as these, try excusing yourself to the hallway and letting the sneeze out properly. Your body is attempting to eject the allergens from inside, don’t fight it!

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5. Take Medicine (Of Course!)

I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I strongly dislike taking medicine unless it is absolutely necessary. Allergy season is sadly one of those times I have to take medicine. If you’re constantly driving like me, invest in a non-drowsy formula such as Zyrtec. I’ll only take Benadryl on weekend nights when I know I’ll be sleeping in. As always, consult a doctor before taking any medication.

6. Invest in An Air Purifier

This is one of those pricey but TOTALLY worth-it tips. An air purifier is a huge investment but it has the potential to change your life. One with the correct filter can catch allergens in the air before they get to you. An air purifier is designed to filter up to 99.97% of common allergens like dust, animal dander and pollen, so they can’t get into your body and cause an allergic reaction, according to Air Purifiers America.

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7. Be Prepared

Even with the right medicine and precautions, allergies can get the best of us. Be prepared with tissues, hand sanitizer, and any other items that bring you comfort during your bad days. I always keep a pair of tissues in my purse or in the car. It’s best to be prepared than to be caught off guard by a sudden allergy attack.

Have any allergy tips you swear by? Share them in the comments below!

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and black tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here:

11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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