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Have you started sneezing yet? Pollen counts have been rising in Massachusetts, leaving many wheezing, sneezing, and dealing with itchy eyes. Recent research and treatments offer new or surprising approaches to get some relief. Try the following.
1. Using allergy drops under the tongue. These could eventually replace allergy shots to desensitize people to grass or tree allergies, since they were found in a recent review study to improve symptoms more than standard allergy treatments. The treatment has been widely used in Europe, but not here since it’s not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. If the FDA approves the treatment, it would be most helpful for shot-adverse kids with one particular allergy to, say, fruit tree pollen or ragweed.
2. Allergy-fighting foods. Research suggests that certain foods rich in antioxidants or anti-inflammatory nutrients can lower your chances of getting allergies. These include green tea and red foods such as apples, red onions, grapes, and raspberries, which contain antioxidants and natural antihistamines. Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, which have high amounts of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, can also help to dampen an overactive immune system.
3. Exercise. Physical activity could relieve some allergy symptoms by helping to maintain a properly functioning immune system—not in hyperactive mode. An intense workout can also help unblock nasal passages, at least temporarily. One caveat: Don’t exercise outdoors, especially when pollen counts are high, since that can make allergies worse.
4. Acupuncture. The tiny-needle-under-the-skin technique may help alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies, according to a February study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Twelve treatments over eight weeks that stimulated specific pressure points worked better than a sham needle treatment to relieve symptoms, but the German researchers emphasized that the reduction in symptoms was modest.
5. Dripless nasal sprays. Prescription steroid nasal sprays—which seasonal allergy sufferers take daily starting a month or two before allergy season—have gotten easier to use with versions that deliver a less drippy mist instead of a liquid, according to Blatman. Several are now available as generics, including triamcinolone (Nasacort) and fluticasone propionate (Flonase).
1. Interval training. You can do crunches all day long, but you will never see that six-pack if it is buried under layers of fat. To achieve a truly flat stomach, work in some cardiovascular exercise between sit-ups, crunches, planks and other abdominal exercises. Try jumping rope, running on a treadmill or even do jumping jacks for 30 seconds to one minute between each set. You will shred fat while building a solid core.
2. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals is an easy way to earn a round waistline. When you skip meals, your body responds by raising cortisol levels, increasing cravings and storing fat, especially in the abdomen. Consuming small meals and snacks throughout the day can pacify cravings and rev up your metabolism to prevent fat storage.
3. Skip the sweets. Sugar is the mortal enemy of a flat tummy. Sugar causes unnecessary spikes, crashes of your blood sugar levels and, when consumed in excess, gets stored as fat. If you crave sweets, keep fruits like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries accessible to pacify your sweet tooth.
4. Increase vitamin C. Vitamin C, found in abundance in citrus fruits, broccoli, kale and bell peppers, can aid in keeping cortisol levels under control. Plus, vitamin C is essential in the production of carnitine, which the body uses to convert fat into energy.
5. Boost intake of healthy fats. Although you should still moderate your intake, healthy fats like avocados, walnuts and olive oil can improve satiety. These foods will also rev up your metabolism thanks to high doses of omega-3.
6. Sleep. Statistically, when people get busy, sleep moves down on the list of priorities. However, sleep is so important to weight management and optimal health that you can’t afford to skimp on it. Multiple studies have proven that too little or poor quality sleep leads to weight gain, junk food cravings and increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Getting more sleep is an easy way to keep your body trim and healthy.
7. Relax. Cortisol is the stress hormone. When you’re stressed, levels of cortisol rise. In cases of chronic stress, like tight deadlines at work, financial crises, injury or illness, your cortisol levels can reach extremes or impair the function of your adrenal system all together. This can lead to weight gain or the inability to lose weight, decreased immunity and increased levels of inflammation. Making time to relax and meditate each day – even for only five minutes – can help you keep cortisol levels balanced.
1. You can be yourself when you're with him. You don't feel like you have to change your quirky laugh or be less ambitious. You're not afraid to show how smart you are because he truly loves you as you are. He fell in love with "who you were when he met you" and continues to love those same traits as the relationship progresses.
2. You like how you feel when you’re around him. You feel safe, secure, and cared about because his attitude around you is consistent and dependable. You also feel comfortable, relaxed and happy when you're with him because you have learned .
3. He has introduced you to his friends and family. He wants to include you in all parts of his life because he's proud of the relationship he has with you. He's committed to making sure you feel included and this shows you that; he doesn’t have anything to hide and he's serious about your relationship to want everyone in his life to know you're together.
4. He makes it obvious your happiness and well-being are very important to him. He listens and remembers when you tell him what makes you happy and goes out of his way to accomplish it. He puts your needs in front of his.
5. He knows the difference between a conversation and a confrontation, between compromise and contentiousness. This quality leaves room for a difference of opinion without having an outburst or a sulk-fest. Compromise can take many forms: a little of what you like, a little of what I like; this time your way, next time my way; can we meet in the middle. However you phrase it, being willing and able to converse and compromise is an important quality in a "keeper."
new survey by SodaHead.com reveals that 81% of people say you shouldn't be friends with your boss on Facebook. Other findings:
- 45% of people say you shouldn't be friends with your co-workers on Facebook
- Only 23% of people are friends with their parents on Facebook
- Only 13% of people are friends with their children on Facebook