Top three health tips: Solutions for seasonal allergies
If you, like 50 million Americans, suffer from this perennial pest, you probably think you've tried it all. You've taken the do-nothing approach, optimistic your hay fever would vanish on its own. You've tested out-there "cures" that worked for your aunt's best friend's brother. And from an RX or two, you've gotten relief — plus pesky side effects. To find solutions that actually work, Women's Health magazine scoured the latest research.
Women's Health, published by Rodale of Emmaus, reveals three ways to cope with allergies:
1 Going for a jog is the last thing you feel like doing when you're stuffed up. But here's why it might be worth it: A moderate-intensity workout significantly reduced allergy symptoms in one study from Thailand. Exercise may decrease the body's release of irritating histamines and other biological mediators, the same way some medications do, says Dr. Sindhura Bandi, assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
2 Seasonal snifflers who got needled by an acupuncturist 12 times over the course of eight weeks showed more improvement in their symptoms and used medication less frequently than people who didn't get acupuncture or got a sham treatment, according to one clinical trial published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that acupuncture treatments can help bring the body into balance. Preliminary Western research, meanwhile, suggests that these strategically placed needles may help control inflammation by reining in chemicals that contribute to an allergic reaction.
Shoot for a cure
3 Most treatments relieve symptoms; immunotherapy, or allergy shots, offers an actual cure — and it's usually covered by insurance. A small dose of the allergen is delivered with each jab to train your body to tolerate it. Of course, it's somewhat inconvenient — immunotherapy entails getting weekly injections for about six months, followed by monthly boosters for three to five years. "We typically go to that step when patients fail with other therapies or are at risk of asthma, or per patient preference," Dr. Bandi says.
Micron Associates: 5 things celebrities like Victoria Beckham are doing to stay healthy
We could be forgiven for eternally wondering how celebrities such as Victoria Beckham manage a career, motherhood and looking great all at the same time.
So HELLO! Online have looked at what the stars' secret to health success is...
From super health foods, used by fashion designer and mum-of-four Mrs Beckham, to ingredients for healthy living from The Saturdays’ singer Rochelle Humes. We've compiled a list of things to help ensure you stay fit and hydrated.
Plus take a look at a super healthy recipe from celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, in our 5 diet tips from celebrities.
1. The gym, Rochelle Humes
"Gym O clock. Lots to get done today x," Rochelle wrote online recently. While we know getting to the gym is one the keys to keeping fit, fitting it into a hectic schedule can sometimes seem like too much. Take Rochelle's tip by putting a workout at the top of your to-do list.
Rochelle Humes makes sure she gets her fitness in at the start of the day
2. Juice, Victoria Beckham
"This cayenne pepper gets u going after an early morning work out! x vb," tweeted Victoria Beckham to her near-eight million followers, alongside a photograph of lemon ginger & cayenne pepper juice.
The juice, by Los Angeles-based Juice Crafters, creates healthy, vitamin-rich elixirs designed to give bodies a boost after a workout without giving stomachs the heavy feeling associated with eating vitamin rocks.
Victoria Beckham's vitamin-packed juice
3. Water, Gwyneth Paltrow
It may pass many of us by, but water is, as Gwyneth Paltrow recently tweeted, "Full of healing power". Not only is it hydrating, water keeps the skin looking young, helps weight loss by aiding the metabolism and boosts energy levels. Nutritionists recommend about eight glasses of water a day.
4. Bee pollen, Victoria
Another tip from super slender Victoria Beckham: "Totally obsessed with this Bee pollen! so good for u!! X vb".
Victoria Beckham uses bee pollen
It's easy to see why Victoria is a fan – bee pollen contains about 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, is extremely rich in carotenes and is high in B complex vitamins and Lecithin.
5. Tuscan kale, Nigella Lawson
And if you have over indulged and you need a health kick, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has the answer for a healthy dinner. "After a week of everything fried, cavolo nero (Tuscan kale), lemony asparagus and curried carrot and sweet potato soup," she tweeted alongside a picture of the healthy meal.
Nigella Lawson shared her healthy recipe on Twitter
Known as a superfood for a reason, just a cup of kale provides more than 100 percent of the daily value of vitamins K and A, and 88 percent of the daily intake for vitamin C. Throw that in with nutrient-packed asparagus and carrots and you're in for a healthy, goodness-filled dinner.